MONTGOMERY - Allen F. Bowman, a.k.a. Dr. Electric, age 57, died suddenly while riding his bicycle Sunday June 29, 2003.
He was born May 19, 1946 in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Royal Oak Kimball High School in Warren, Michigan. Al then entered the U.S. Army proudly serving in Vietnam from April 4, 1968 to April 4, 1969. Following his honorable discharge with the rank of SP5 he attended Oakland University and received a B.A. in Philosophy.
Al moved to Vermont in 1977, a move he often spoke of as one of the best decisions of his life. He loved to hunt and fish, but later became a fisherman who loved to let fish go, and a hunter who loved to watch wildlife. He held a reverence for all living things. Because he had been to war, Al wanted all of us to work for peace.
Al became a master electrician in 1991, an occupation he loved deeply. He enjoyed the camaraderie of working with other contractors and getting to know homeowners, many of whom became good friends. When not working, you could find him bicycling, snowshoeing, working in his garden and reading. He was an avid reader who devoured books and loved sharing thoughts and ideas with others. He was an electrician, adventurer, philosopher and friend to all.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Montgomery, a library trustee for the Montgomery Town Library, and a founding member of the Montgomery Cattlemen's Assoc.
Al was a wonderful husband to Sandy (Commons) Bowman, who was the love of his life, they were married November 30, 1990; he was also a beloved stepfather to Jill Schoff and her husband Eric of Wallingford, CT, and Joshua Potvin of Montgomery; he is also survived by his mother, Jane Bowman; a niece Shannon Gruzwalski both of Warren MI.; and many extended family members and friends.. He was predeceased by his father, Nelson Bowman; a sister, Renee; and a favorite uncle, Marvin Asher.
In keeping with his wishes, Al was cremated, and a memorial service will be held Thursday, July 3, 2003 at 1:00 pm at Pratt Hall in Montgomery with Pastor Kate Tobey officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Veterans for Peace, Green Mountain Chapter 57, C/O Ed Everts, 385 Toad Rd, Charlotte, VT 05445 or to the Montgomery Town Library, 84 Mountain Rd., Montgomery Ctr., VT 05471