Lowney, III, William T.
William (Bill) Thomas Lowney, III of Fairfield, CT died Tuesday, August 27, 2013 in his favorite town, Boston, following a brief illness. Born December 13, 1935 in Somerset, MA he was the son of William and Irene Collins Lowney. Bill and his brother Jerome grew up in Somerset where they developed a lifelong devotion to the Red Sox. Bill was a proud Eagle Scout, carrying his certificate in the front of his wallet all of his life. He graduated from his beloved Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts in history and then received his Master's degree in education and administration from Fairfield University. He taught as a Brother of the Holy Cross for 10 years in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York. Ultimately, he found his calling as an extraordinary, inspired and much-loved teacher of "the crazy eights", teaching Darien public school 8th graders about American history and leading student trips to explore Washington DC and Boston, MA. Although his own talents were recognized throughout his career, his students' achievements meant more to him. He married Joan Manning in January 1966 and they raised their family in Fairfield, CT. Bill is survived by his wife, Joan of Fairfield, daughter Meghan of Bridgeport, son Liam and his wife Kerri Spillane of Marshfield, Massachusetts, and two cherished grandchildren, brother Jerome Lowney and his wife Mickey, sister-in-law Nancy MacFarland and her husband Garth, and brothers-in law John Manning and his wife Joey and Barry Manning and his wife Margie and fourteen nieces and nephews and many wonderful friends. Bill was predeceased by daughter Shannon Elizabeth Lowney (12/30/94). An informal Irish send-off in celebration of Bill's life is planned for Sunday September 29, 2013 from 12-4pm at the Jacky Durrell Pavilion, 401 Fairfield Beach Road, Fairfield, CT. A brief program will begin at 12:30pm. In lieu of flowers, a gift in Bill's memory may be made to the charity of your choice
or to: Shannon Lowney Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o The High School Scholarship Foundation of Fairfield, Inc. P.O. Box 682 Fairfield, CT 06824 or Bill Lowney Lighthouse Support, Martha's Vineyard Museum P.O. Box 1310, Edgartown, MA 02539. For information or to send online condolences please visit www.redgatehennessy.com
Published by Connecticut Post on Sep. 1, 2013.