Dr. Owen Calderwood died peacefully at his home in East Orleans on May 4, 2013 at the age of 88. Owen led a rich and full life to the end. Born in Ridgewood, NJ, he graduated from Ridgewood High School and went on to Guilford College, Princeton University (Class of 1948) and Tufts Dental School where he graduated as a DMD in Oral Surgery. Prior to Princeton, Owen served as a Pharmacists Mate Second Class in the Pacific for two years with the Navy while on the USS Guam during WWII. He also served as a dentist at Parris Island in Beaufort, SC during the Korean War. After his double tour of duty, Dr. Calderwood practiced Oral Surgery for over 30 years in Ridgewood, NJ at the Valley Hospital and with a dental office located in his home. Owen was a terrific husband, father, grandfather and friend. Owen is survived by his loving wife, Connie, his son Clay Calderwood, Jamie Calderwood and his wife Sarah Sherman, Bill Calderwood and his wife Robin Carlaw, and Lucy and her husband Dick Hersey, his sister Jean Wood, and seven accomplished grandchildren Ruby, Alec, Peter, Lily and Alex Calderwood and Dickon and Will Hersey. As a young child, Owen, his sister Jean and cousins vacationed on Cape Cod every year. In 1958, Owen and Connie purchased the familys beloved cottage on a bluff overlooking the sea and enjoyed renovating the house and living by the sea for short periods throughout the seasons and years to follow. Upon retiring in 1981, Owen and Connie built their house on Nauset Heights where they gardened, entertained and enjoyed life. Owen was a truly authentic man; a man of duality and character; a man we always followed. He welcomed you with open arms yet was the first to leave the party. Owen was thrifty, but so very generous. Owen was unique, wise and colorfulfrom his clothing to his embroidery and art. He believed in education and supported conservation organizations. Every day he would rise early, go for long walks and make his daily pilgrimage to Willys Gym to play tennis, swim and stretch. He loved his home and garden, his tensies and twosies and his daily naps. Owen had a tender heart and he treasured people of his past and present. He was the keeper of family stories and local history. Family and friends loved him dearly and will miss the ol guy who was such a permanent fixture. Living and walking by the motto, full steam ahead, he set a fast pace, but knew we were always behind him. We raise the parting glass In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Snow Library in Orleans, MA. A summer celebration is being planned.
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Published in The Cape Codder from May 11 to May 18, 2013