Calvin B. Fowler, Sr.
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Ocean City—Calvin Bernard Fowler, Sr., 73, died Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in Burlington, NJ. He was born on February 11, 1940 to the late Edmond and Sarah Cromedie Fowler.
In June 1957, he graduated from David B. Oliver High School in Pittsburgh. He received a full athletic scholarship and attended Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA where he graduated in 1962. After college, he served his country for two years in the United States Army.
In the early 1960's, Calvin was a member of the Akron Ohio Wingfoots basketball team. He was also a member of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) All-America in 1967 and again in 1968 for Akron Goodyear Wingfoots. In 1967, Calvin served as captain of the U.S. gold medal basketball team at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada and co-captain of the U.S. gold medal basketball team at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico. He would later play in the American Basketball Association for the Carolina Cougars in the 1969-1970 seasons. Calvin also enjoyed a career of athletic endorsements, sales and marketing for ADIDAS and various other athletic outlets.
Calvin later became a United States Postal Service employee and retired after many years of service.
After many years in New Jersey, Calvin retired and moved to Ocean City. He became a member of New Bethel United Methodist Church in Berlin.
In addition to his parents, Calvin was preceded in death by: his loving wife of 46 years, Melva; four brothers and three sisters.
Left to cherish his memory are: two sons, Calvin B. Fowler, Jr. and Guy P. Fowler, both of Burlington, NJ; four grandchildren, Simone A. Fowler, Calvin B. Fowler III, Yasir M. Fowler, and Clarke B. Fowler; three brothers-in-law; two sisters-in-law; four aunts-in-law; two uncles-in-law; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Mr. Fowler will lie in repose on Friday from 6 to 8 PM and Saturday from 1 to 2 PM at New Bethel United Methodist Church located on Germantown Road in Berlin. The funeral service will begin at 2 PM. Interment will be on Monday at 1 PM in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery - Eastern Shore located on 6827 East New Market Ellwood Road in Hurlock. A ministry of comfort and dignity is being provided by Lewis N. Watson Funeral Home, PA in Salisbury. Please visit www.lewisnwatsonfuneralhome.com to offer condolences to the family.
Published in The Daily Times on Mar. 8, 2013