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FOWLE--John, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Beloved husband, loving father of Amelia, Anastasia and Marilyn and grandfather of nine, John was known for his kindness and openness. During successful careers in law and investment banking, John became a dedicated student and practitioner of Buddhist meditation, serving on the Boards of Insight Meditation Society and New York Insight Meditation Center. His wise and compassionate support of the Centers and their practitioners proved essential to their flourishing. Born in Lincoln, in the North of England on November 19, 1942, John grew up knowing the loss and pain of war; his father died a month before his birth. A brilliant man, he helped his mother while working and studying the law, earning his qualification with a Distinction. He built a successful career in England, the Bahamas, and finally New York, where he met his beloved wife, the Dharma teacher Gina Sharpe, ultimately retiring to study and practice Buddhist meditation full time. Many will miss his special generous presence. Shortly before his death he said, "There is generosity in each of us, longing to come out. When it takes the opportunity, it pours out." Funeral services will take place Saturday, August 1, 2015, in Westchester, New York, 9am, Clark Funeral Home, 4 Woods Bridge Road, Katonah, NY.

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August 18, 2015
Gina, my heart aches.........I am so sorry, John was so special, I have worked with many, many people over these 25 years and both of you became more than clients, I adored you both- Mari-Lou
August 17, 2015
Dear Gina,
With love for you and John and many happy memories of the past and glimpses of the future. Love./Leo
Leo Mavrovitis
August 13, 2015
Dear Gina, Through the window that you gave me into your lives, I could see that you and John had a special kind of love, a beautiful relationship. Lots of warm wishes to you at this difficult time.
Andrea Miller
August 12, 2015
Dear Gina, it is with profound sadness, that I hear about you're loss. John was a true Bodhisattva, full of compassion and love, which he shared freely, beautifully and fearlessly. A lotus in a sea of fire. With love, Margrit
August 11, 2015
Love and Blessings to you Gina and to John!
Always in my heart.
Teja Fudo Myoo Bell
August 6, 2015
Dear Gina,
I send you well wishes for peace in the midst of such sorrow. You and John were such an inspiration as a couple sharing the Dharma in their life path. My heart is open and sending forth deep compassion to you as you bear witness to these moments of feeling John's loss. With lovingkindness, Tammy Dyer
August 6, 2015
Dear Gina, My deepest condolences. May you and family and friends be supported by the great memories you all have of John. Take good care,
Vanee Songsiridej
August 5, 2015
Thinking of John, Gina, family and friends. I am sending you much metta, heartfelt sympathy and ease in this time of sadness, loss, and pain...May you ALL find peace and ease...
with Love
Jacqueline Nelson
Jacqueline Nelson
August 5, 2015
May John's journey to the 'heavenly realms' be met with ease and comfort. Gina, May you and your loved ones be comforted and held with deep compassion. Susana Renaud
August 5, 2015
May John's travels be swift and safe and may he be free. Holding all his friends and family while they transition and may insight be revealed into the life practice of dying. with gratitude for John's gift to us all~Alice~Bozeman, MT
August 3, 2015
Gina, I am sending you my heartfelt love and condolence. I only met John once, and fell in love with him. What a beautiful soul - and the two of you together: such an inspiration. The memories will hold strong, as he enters the stream of all of life that has lived. Many have benefited from his singular life.
Enkyo O'Hara
August 1, 2015
Dear Fowle-Sharpe Family -- May you all be comforted by pleasant memories and the presence of good friends. With love and appreciation, Ayo Yetunde
August 1, 2015
Dearest Gina: Holding you in my heart and sending lots of love. May my deepest wishes for peace help to comfort you during this time of loss. I will miss the joy of John's presence in the world along with you. Much love.
Lynn Rossy
August 1, 2015
My thoughts & prayers are with you and your daughters.
Althea Harris
August 1, 2015
Beloved Gina, I'm holding you in my heart and sending so much love, Julie Wester
August 1, 2015
Dear John, you were the very best of people, it was a total honour to know you. We loved your wonderful humour, sharp intelligence, warm kindness, and authentic and generous heart. John, you will live in our hearts forever.. We miss you, and send you and your amazing heart friend, loved companion and wife Gina, and all your family, beautiful daughters and grandchildren, our deepest empathy, love and appreciation. Thanissara & Kittisaro, your UK/USA/S.African friends and admirers.
thanissra & kittisaro weinberg
July 31, 2015
Dear Gina-- My deepest condolences on the passing of your beloved husband John. He offered so much to the Dharma, and together you nurtured the deepest reservoirs of refuge in our western Theravada tradition. May he rest in peace, and may he meet his teacher soon after rebirth. May you be happy reflecting on his goodness, and your own. Deep gratitude.
Bonnie Duran
July 31, 2015
Words never suffice. My heart is with all of you. May your memories and practice sustain you during this time.
Diane Wilde
July 31, 2015
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
The Staff of Clark Associates Funeral Home
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