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Roland Tomlin Evans
Bowler, III, 67
WOOLWICH -- Captain Roland Tomlin Evans Bowler, III, USN (Retired), affectionately known as 'Tom', 67, a former resident of Northern Virginia, died at home on Feb. 24, 2013.
He was born March 9, 1945 in Sharon, Penn., the first son of the late Commander R.T.E. 'Bud' Bowler, Jr. and Martha Jean 'Beno' Bowler. A 1967 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Tom served 28 years in the Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer and Engineering Duty Officer. He is a past President of the American Shipbuilding Association. He served as a Vice-President at Bath Iron Works for 14 years, retiring in 2011. Most recently, he served on the Board of the Maine Maritime Museum. He earned masters degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. and from George Washington University in Washington, DC.
He is survived by his wife, Sherri; and his four children, R.T.E. 'Beau' Bowler, IV, and his wife, Ruth, of Winston-Salem, N.C., Derek Bowler and his wife, Lesley, of San Francisco, Calif.,Kevin Bowler and his wife, Susan, of Hampton, Va. and Kelly Bowler of Woolwich; five grandchildren Ella, Kyle, Julia, Luke, and Brynn. He is also survived by his former wife, Marietta. In addition, he is survived by three siblings, brother, Rear Admiral Daniel Bowler, USN (Retired) and his wife, Susan, of Annapolis, Md., sister, Linda Pierson and her husband, Judge Michel Pierson, of Baltimore, Md. and sister, Amy Harris and her husband, John Harris, of Charlottesville, Va.
Tom was also a passionate dog lover.Throughout his life he enjoyed a number of dogs, many of them gluttonous, all of them loving companions. His current chocolate Labrador, Sampson, is wondering what happened to his best friend.
He was a loving husband, father, brother, and friend. He will be remembered for his zest for life, intelligence, sense of humor, selflessness, love for the
and shipbuilding, and, lastly, for a variety of unique and endearing hand gestures and vocalizations.
A celebration of his life will take place at the Maine Maritime Museum at 243 Washington St. in Bath, ME at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013.
Arrangements are by Daigle Funeral Home, 819 High Street, Bath. Condolences may be made online at
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to:
243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530 or at
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Feb. 26, 2013
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"Tom taught me how to maintain balance in my life, working hard and taking time to enjoy life. He will be..."
- Tom Pugh
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- Don Perkins
"My Captain has Crossed the Bar. I will always be thankful for Tom's generosity, mentoring and..."
- John Ingram
"I very much enjoyed serving with Tom on the Board at the Maine Maritime Museum. His infectious..."
- Nancy Barba
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