John J. Bowman
1926 - 2020
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John J. Bowman
October 2, 1926 - June 26, 2020
La Mesa
Born October 2, 1926 in San Diego. Attended numerous local schools; graduated from the University of San Diego, College for Men in 1960 with a degree in English; received a master's degree in 1974. He served in the United States Army Air Force in the waning days of WWII. A high school teacher for 40 years, he taught English and History, as well as coaching football, cross-country, baseball, and track and field; he also directed numerous high school plays at St. Augustine and Ramona high schools. He was an avid fly fisherman and bird hunter. But perhaps the one educational achievement he valued above all others lay in his having taught thousands of youngsters the joy and learning provided in the reading of good books. He was an active member of the American Legion and Knights of Columbus. He is survived by his spouse, Marion; children: daughters Bernadette; Molly (Styles); Eileen (Sylwestrazk); and son Conway, his wife Michelle (Woo) and grandsons, Max and Jackson.A man of faith, kindness and integrity, Dad embraced every day of his wonderful life. He lived joyfully and loved deeply. We are so proud of Dad's inspiring legacy of love and learning. May his light continue burning brightly in the hearts of the countless people whose lives he touched.A celebration of Dad's life will be announced once restrictions on community gatherings are lifted.As Dad's 94th birthday draws near, our family invites friends and loved ones to read Richard Louv's poignant tribute, "Reflections of J.B." and fill Dad's guestbook with timeless stories and photos of his inspiring life's journey.

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Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Sep. 27, 2020.
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September 28, 2020
Worthy Brother Bowman's voice will never be forgotten as he always expressed himself in louder tones, eventually getting the message to us that he was losing his hearing and we were doing a poor job of getting the message across at our K of C meetings. RIP Brother John, your book was great reading and we shared funny stories in the few years I knew you. Vivat Jesus!
Luigi Zoni
September 28, 2020
My civics teacher at St. Augustine HS in 1962.
Thank you John for your insights and experiences in life.
Makes one grow to be the best you can.
My condolences to the family.
Albert Oliver
September 28, 2020
John Bowman will be dearly missed but fondly remembered by our family, the Annicharico family. Our connections with Mr. Bowman are as parents of children who had him as a teacher and also as colleagues in the education profession in Ramona. Mr. Bowman was the ultimate professional as a teacher and a role model for many students who entered his classrooms. We respectfully remember his love of literature and his keen sense of humor. Our sincerest condolences to his family. Our family will remember him with fondness and gratitude to have met him along life's journey. Joe & Penny Annicharico
Joe Annicharico
September 28, 2020
Mr. Bowman as he was affectionately addressed was a man of tough love to his students. Along with Mr. Ben Smith -teacher at St. Augustine High School-the two had a profound impact on my academic and personal life. Thank you Mr. Bowman for shaping and pushing me during my Junior and Senior years at St. Augustine High School. If you did not appear at a critical juncture in my high school development I would be performing acts not worthy of a Saints Man.
Hope to see you in heaven!
Jose Mejares
St. Augustine High School, 1975 Graduate
Jose Mejares
September 27, 2020
He was great and inspirational teacher.
Jim Tilley
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