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Michael Edward Bowerman Obituary
Michael Edward Bowerman
Virginia Beach - On May 13, 2013, Michael Edward Bowerman journeyed peacefully to the "great duck blind in the sky," surrounded by his wife, children, and dear friends Ros Willis and Cliff Turner.

Michael grew up in Traverse City, Michigan, and moved to Virginia, earning his law degree at Washington & Lee. He eventually resided in Virginia Beach, began practicing at the Kellam Law Firm, and later founded his own practice so that he might pursue his passions. These included building a duck cabin with his best friend, then spending duck season weekends at the cabin and running the marshes to the "honey hole." He also hunted Back Bay and co-founded an organization to protect and restore Back Bay. Mike takes with him many memories of times with friends spent on the water—at Goat Island, Tankard Beach, and on the shores at Mattassippi.

A forty-year member of the Virginia Beach Exchange Club, Mike served as president and as legal counsel. He was instrumental in forming the Youth Service Federation, so that local charities would benefit from all fundraising. He was an affable man with a rapier wit, a strong will, a keen intellect, and an uncanny memory.

Mike is survived by his wife, Susan Ferrell Bowerman; his children: Elizabeth Bowerman Wade, Michael Gavin Bowerman, and Anne Sterling Bowerman; and his grandsons: Rory, Savean, and Iain; his Labrador retriever, Sunny; and his adopted lap cat, Skittles.

The family deeply appreciates the excellent care Mike received from Doctors McDermott, O'Grady, and Imad and from his personal physician, Dr. Steier. Additionally, the nursing staff on all floors provided him the best of care, particularly those in CCU: Audrey, Gwen, Judy and Laura.

A private memorial celebration with family and friends will be held on Friday, May 17, at 2 p.m. In keeping with Michael's wishes, this celebration of his life will be a casual gathering. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Published in The Virginian Pilot on May 16, 2013
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