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Michael Fowler

AGE: 71 • Wall Township

Michael Fowler of Wall Township passed away on Christmas morning, surrounded by his loving family at Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Center in New Brunswick. He was 71 years old. Michael was a Professor at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft for 45 years. He was a Professor of Marketing, and also taught advertising and visual merchandising. His true local legacy was as an oceanfront lifeguard, an impassioned career that spanned 51 years. Michael, better known as ""Spike"" in the lifeguard community, started guarding in Avon-By-The-Sea, where he became Lifeguard Captain. His reputation for leadership, management and safety led him to Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, where he established a highly-revered lifeguard program. Michael was responsible for executing or overseeing thousands of ocean rescues. Michael was a positioned member of the Pinelands Commission, and led a popular lecture series on the history, culture and ecology of the New Jersey Pinelands. Michael was a graduate of Asbury Park High School. He earned a B.S. in Marketing and an M.A. in Business Education from Seton Hall University. He also held a M.A. in Management from Monmouth University. Michael was born in Summit, lived in Avon-By-The-Sea and Shark River Hills before moving to Wall Township 10 years ago.
Michael is predeceased by his parents Gerald and Lillian Fowler and his sister Patricia McCormick. He is survived by his loving wife Gloria June Fowler (Palmisano), his beloved sons and daughter in law, Stephen Michael and Talena Fowler of Red Bank, and David Nicholas Fowler and girlfriend Jessica Linderoth of Point Pleasant Beach, and his beautiful granddaughter Marin Sage Fowler. Michael is also survived by many dear cousins and devoted friends.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, December 29 from 11 to 2 and 4 to 8 p.m. at the Reilly Bonner Funeral Home, 801 D Street, Belmar NJ. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at Saint Elizabeth of Hungary R.C. Church, 424 Lincoln Ave., Avon NJ. Entombment will follow at Saint Anne's Mausoleum, Wall Township. For further information or to send condolences to the family, please visit In lieu of flowers, the Fowler Family requests donations; information will be listed on the funeral home website.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Dec. 28, 2015
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