MIDDLESEX - Kendall Dowen, 55, of Middlesex, passed away suddenly but peacefully at his home on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011. Kendall was born in Keene, N.H., and raised on Elm Street in Montpelier.
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Kendall was predeceased by his mother, Nancy (McGoff) Dowen, and father, Paul Dowen, his grandparents Christine and Robert Jeffrey and his great-grandmother Mary Tevyaw.
Kendall leaves behind two daughters who he loved dearly, Kendra, 23, of San Diego, who works in a residential home for emotional/behavioral adolescents, and Allyson, 20, currently a junior at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I. Kendall will be missed by his longtime friend and ex-wife, Penny Dowen, also of Middlesex.
Kendall is survived by two brothers, Bradford, of Brookfield, and Jeff, of Montpelier; a nephew, Silas Dowen, of Middlesex; and two nieces, Rachel Dowen, of Sonoma, Calif., and Faye Dowen, of Barre.
Kendall joined the Navy for three years after high school. He was stationed in Sigonella, Sicily, in 1979, where he met his lifelong friend, Penny Dowen, and also on the USS Forrestal stationed out of Jacksonville, Fla. After three years of service, Kendall moved back to the Burlington area where he worked for DON-VAC Construction in Williston and then the Burlington School District for 10 years before falling ill and retiring.
Kendall has always been a one-of-a-kind father; he lived his life for Kendra and Ally. He dedicated his life to making a better life for them. What can you say for a man that gave his all, not to just his daughters but also to those he knew! Kendall loved talking; he loved having an hour conversation in Shaw's while someone is waiting in the car for him! Kendall touched many, many lives, ranging in age of 6 years old to 90. Kendall loved going to basketball games and cheering on his girls and their teammates. You would hear him yelling, "Take it to the hoop," you knew Kendall was in the house!
Kendall lived his life the "Montpeculiar Way," as he would say, the way he wanted to live it and trying to make the best life for him and his girls. If you asked what Kendall was doing at any given time, more than likely, he was running errands for the girls or taking them something to eat or going to the house for the homework they left behind. He was a great dad, a great friend, and we will miss him dearly.
Calling hours will be at Guare & Sons Funeral Home in Montpelier on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. with a memorial service immediately following. This will be a celebration of Kendall's life, and his girls are asking that you please wear nice colors for attire, limited black.
In lieu of flowers, the girls would like to suggest donations in Kendall's name be made to the
, 434 Hurricane Lane, Burlington, VT 05401.
Those wishing to send online condolences may do so at www.guareandsons.com and go to Kendall's obituary.
Published in Times Argus on Sept. 23, 2011