John Bowman

John Bowman

Saturday, November 3rd, 1934 Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

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Obituary for John Joseph Bowman

John Bowman, 84, of Esopus, formerly Johns Jog, Athens NY, passed away peacefully in the comforting presence of his daughter on June 18, 2019, at the Thompson House, Rhinebeck, NY.

He was born in Kingston NY, on November 3, 1934, to the late Clarence and Caroline (Hummel) Bowman.

His formative years were spent on the “ farm “ in Alligerville, that hardscrabble life left a lasting imprint on John, which was still evident at the time of his death. He also spent time at his Grandparents house here in Esopus, where the family eventually moved to.

John graduated from the Kerhonkson High school in 1953 and also attended Cornell University.

John was employed for over 30 years as an IT security specialist for IBM here in Kingston and throughout the IBM Corporation.

He was a former councilman for the Town of Esopus.

John enjoyed his time traveling with Helen, backyard family barbeques, cutthroat croquet, Saturday night pinochle with George and Grace and those occasional trips to Atlantic City. After retirement, he started a lawn service and got involved with wood crafts.

He was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Helen Purcell Bowman and a sister MaryAnn Ashdown.

John is survived by two brothers, James Bowman of Connecticut, and Joseph Bowman of Arizona, three sons, John (Sue), of Florida, Steve (Becca), of Arkansas, Jeff of Malta, New York, one daughter, Carol (Jim) Kelly, of Esopus, New York, seven grandchildren, Jason, Jennifer, Ashley, Brittney, Brian, Chris, and Jamie, and three great-grandchildren, Rylee, Aubree and Isabella. One very special daughter-in-law, Michele who has been there for Dad anytime he needed help.

The family will receive friends at the Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home, 339 Broadway, Ulster Park, Town of Esopus, on Sunday, June 23rd, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be sung 11:00 am, Monday, June 24, 2019 at Sacred Heart Church, 1055 Broadway, Esopus, The Rev. Eugene J. Grohe, will officiate.

Cremation at Wiltwyck Crematory followed by Inurnment at St. Mary's Cemetery, Kingston will be private.

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    Sunday, June 23rd, 2019 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home
    339 Broadway
    Ulster Park, NY
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    Sunday, June 23rd, 2019
    2:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, June 24th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Sacred Heart RC Church
    1055 Broadway
    Esopus, NY
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    Monday, June 24th, 2019
    There is no procession to church.
    Rev. Eugene J. Grohe C.Ss.R.

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Dave and Tammy Albright

Jeff, I am so sorry for the passing of your father. May God bless you and your family in this time of mourning.
Comment | Posted at 12:38pm via Condolence

Mary Boehm

John and Helen sat in front of us in mass every week. After Helen passed John continued to come to mass regardless of how sick he was. He told me he just had to come regardless of the struggles he had to get there. We did not know John well but his smile was warm and he had a sweet kindness to him. So sorry for your family's loss. Both he and Helen will be missed.
Deepest Sympathies,
Mary Boehm and family
Comment | Posted at 01:16pm via Condolence

John Bowman

Thank you, very much mary.
Posted at 09:02am

Scott & Pam Pearson

Steve, our heart is with you during this troubling time. From reading about your father John, it is easy to see the strong link of character between you and him. May he rest in eternal peace with your Mother now. Our prayers are with you, Becca and your family.
Comment | Posted at 09:03am via Condolence

Scott & Pam Pearson

We are thinking of you and Becca in this time of passing. Bless your father and his eternal life now with our Father in Heaven.
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Jeannie Wahlers

In such a short time of knowing you a big impression was made. I'll always think of your jovial sense of humor, when my days feel down, to make me smile. Thank you for letting me be a part of your journey.

Nurse Jeannie
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