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CAMBRIDGE, N.Y., -- John Charles Watson Rowley, 90, recently of Bennington, Vt., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006, at Albany Medical Center surrounded by his family.

Born at home in Hoosick Falls on his father’s birthday, Feb. 8, 1916, he was the son of the late Dr. Homer Rowley and Genevieve Baker Rowley. John was educated in Hoosick Falls and then worked as a tool and die maker in Whethersfield,Conn., and Hoosick Falls. After his retirement, he worked for Ed Levin Jewelry in Cambridge.

He was a member of the Cambridge United Presbyterian Church where he enjoyed being an usher.

He was a 74-year member of the Van Rensselaer Lodge 400, F&AM, Hoosick Falls and the Cambridge-Salem Lodge 481 F&AM. He was an avid supporter of the Boy Scouts of America.

His hobbies included stamp and coin collecting, rocks and minerals, Native American arrowheads, railroading and collecting Lincoln and Bennington Monument memorabilia.

John was the beloved husband of Nancy Percy Parker Rowley, his high school sweetheart.

He is predeceased by a son, David Rowley, his first wife, Jeanne Clark Rowley and sisters Ruth Shaw and Jane Carney.

Along with his wife, John is survived by two daughters, Mary Rowley Cloke of Catskill and Nancy Rowley Hickey of Petersburg; four stepchildren, Sally Maeve Demeter of Morrill, Maine, Mary Parker Jackson of Harwich, Mass., Jeremiah Parker of Shoreham, Vt., and Charles Parker of Starksboro, Vt.; 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and many caring nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006, at 2 p.m. at the Ackley & Ross Funeral Home, 73 West Main Street, Cambridge.

John’s ashes will be buried at Maple Grove Cemetery in Hoosick Falls at a private service.

The family request memorial donations be made to either the Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 52, Cambridge, NY 12816 or the Bennington Rescue Squad, 120 McKinley Street, Bennington, VT 05701.
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 8, 2006
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