SCARBOROUGH - Jason R. Fowler, 31, of Scarborough, died Friday morning in Gorham as a result of an automobile accident.
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Jason was born in Portland, the son of Richard J. and Wendy L. Fowler. He attended Scarborough schools and was a 1999 graduate of Scarborough High School. He grew up on the family farm on Pleasant Hill Road in Scarborough. As a young man he helped out with the family business Pleasant Hill Gardens.
Jason's lifelong passion with auto racing began as a child. His family was deeply engrained in auto racing and the activities surrounding the Beech Ridge Speedway. At age 11 he began racing in the go-kart series. His mother and father were very supportive of all of his activates, but especially proud of all his accomplishments at the track. Over the next few years, Jason and his family traveled around the dtate of Maine and throughout New England so that Jason could compete in races.
In his late teens, Jason moved up as a driver in the Super Sportsman Series with late model cars. He was named the Most Outstanding New Driver in 1998 and won the Championship in 1999. In 2000 he moved up to the Pro Series winning Rookie of The Year in 2000.
In 2001, Jason was diagnosed with Bi-Polar disorder. This illness plagued Jason and his family over the next 11 years. He was unable to drive competitively after the diagnoses. After he and his family had taken some time off from racing, they came back with driver Mike Rowe in 2009 and won the 2009 Pro Series Championship with Jason as a valuable crew member.
Jason will be remembered for his outstanding personality, his "gift of gab," his warm smile and his never ending passion for racing. Every day of his life he dreamed of putting his fire suit back on and returning as a driver.
He was predeceased by an uncle who shared his love of racing, Ralph "Ricky" Fowler in 2001. Survivors include his parents of Scarborough; a brother, Michael J. Fowler of Gorham; maternal grandparents, Kathy and Walter Suchareski of Punta Gorda, Fla.; paternal aunts and uncles, Cindy and Paul Webber of Gorham, Jennie Hunnewell of Casco, Rose and Lenny Lawrence of Portland, Mary Lou Napolitano of Portland, Gloria and Keith Laresen of Colorado, Lynda and Mike Johnson of Scarborough, maternal aunt Shelly Caselden of Florida, maternal uncle, Randy Waycotte of Old Orchard; several cousins; and his special friend "Rusty" a family dog.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 150 Black Point Rd., Scarborough. The Rev. Philip Shearman will officiate the service. Burial will follow at Black Point Cemetery, Scarborough. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at: www.ctcrawford.com.
Those desiring may make donations to:
Save Speed for the Track
Care of Zoe Landry
52 Heath St.
Oakland, Maine 04963
Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Homes
South Portland, ME 04106
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Nov. 12, 2012