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Frank J. Bowden

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Bowden, Frank J. LATHAM Frank J. Bowden passed away peacefully on November 6, 2012 at home with his family at his side after a valiant struggle with a neurological disorder. Frank was born on December 27, 1939; he was the son of the late Francis and Muriel E. Springer Bowden. Frank was a Water-vliet native and a 1957 graduate of Watervliet High School, where his love of sports was nurtured and basketball became his passion. He went on to earn a degree from Hudson Valley Technical Institute. As his family grew, he moved to Latham where he has resided for the past 46 years. Frank was employed at General Electric, the majority of his career at the Research and Development Center. He participated in several projects and was awarded with three patents during the course of his tenure. He retired at the turn of the century after 39 years. Frank was a loving and supportive husband and father, able to coach baseball, plan trips, and fix cars, TV's and refrigerators; he left the painting and wallpapering up to his wife. In addition to his wife of 51 years, Pauline Oathout Bowden, he is survived by his extraordinary children, Barbara Bowden (fiance Mark Mastrangelo), Brenda Streeter (Donald) and Frank D. Bowden (Kathleen); his amazing grandchildren, Matthew and Benjamin Capeless, Elizabeth and Michael Streeter. He also leaves behind his brother, William Bowden (Joan) and his sisters, Patricia Robbins (Clyde), Bonnie Gooley (John), and Nancy LaFontaine (William); brother-in-law, Benjamin Oathout (Elinore) and 17 nieces and nephews, and a growing number of grandnieces and grandnephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Robert and John "Jack" Bowden. He had many friends from all walks of life: gamblers, fellow campers at Brant Lake, golfers, Siena basketball supporters, jazz enthusiasts, co-workers, suffering Red Sox and Giants fans, Shaker High football and basketball followers, and Latham barmaids who kept a supply of Miller Lite in stock. He will be remembered by all who knew and loved him as a fair, honest, dependable, loyal, and somewhat stubborn man with an acerbic wit. In the early 1970's, he organized and managed an adult slow pitch softball league in the Town of Colonie. Their home field, with concession stand, was located on Sicker Road. For several years this was a source of great pleasure and camaraderie to players and families alike. Relatives and friends may call at the Bowen & Parker Bros. Funeral Home, 97 Old Loudon Road, Latham on Friday from 4-7 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Roberta Place officiating. The committal service will be held privately on Monday. The family wishes to thank the wonderful caregivers especially Christine and Connie for making this difficult journey much easier. In lieu of flowers, the family strongly suggests contributions be made to the Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205 or to the . Condolence book at
Published in Albany Times Union on Nov. 8, 2012
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