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Grey A. Bowden

Grey A. Bowden, 81, of Colonial Drive, Ipswich, died Tuesday September 29, 2015 in the Pilgrim Rehabilitation Center, Peabody, surrounded by those he loved the most, following his extended illness.

Born in Eastport, Maine, May 21, 1934, he was the son of the late Ambrose Grey and Ena Elaine (Mitchell) Bowden and was raised in Lynn and on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada. He was a 1952 graduate of Lynn Classical High School. He continued his education at Salem State College where he received his BA and Masters in Education. He was a life-long teacher in the Saugus school system, most recently at the Belmonte Middle School where he taught science, social studies and math.

For over forty years he was a member of   Chorus North Shore, a member of the Prison Choral Ministry, the Annual Kaplan House Memorial Service Choral Ministry, several area choral and a-capella groups, had served with the Mass. National Guard and was a long time member of the Ascension Memorial Church. Grey was an avid fisherman, and was deeply passionate about the preservation and conservation of the Head Harbour (East Quoddy) Lightstation on Campobello Island. He also enjoyed his many choral group travels throughout Europe.

He is survived by the love of his life Penny Shaner Jones of Ipswich; two sons, B. Grey Bowden and his partner Matthew Carter of Rowley and Kyle F. Bowden and his wife Dawn of Newmarket, NH; two daughters, Faith A. McCulloch and her husband Scott of S. Hamilton and Kristen M. Breen and her husband Kenneth of Ipswich; eight grandchildren, Christi Mahan and her husband Ryan of Beverly, Scottie McCulloch of S. Hamilton and Logan McCulloch of  S. Hamilton, Parker and Nathan Breen both of Ipswich, Avery, Maeve and Fletcher Bowden all of Newmarket, NH; a brother, John Bowden and his wife Jean of Rochester, NH; a sister, Evelyn Bowden of Campobello Isl. NB, Canada; a sister-in-law Sarah Bowden of Hampton, NH and many nephews and nieces.  He is  also survived by his former wife and mother of his four children, Sandra Weinhold of Ipswich; and a very special maternal aunt, “Aunt Nye” Evelyn Calder of Campobello, NB, Canada.  He was the brother of the late Hal L. Bowden formerly of Hampton, NH.

His funeral service will be held 10:30 am Saturday October 24 in the Ascension Memorial Church, 31 County Street, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. In lieu of flowers, his family requests that memorial contributions in his name be made to the Friends of Head Harbour Lightstation, C/0 FHHL, 201 Lighthouse Road, Wilson’s Beach, N.B, E5E 1M2, Canada, or FHHL, Box 486, Lubec, ME 04652, USA, or please visit http://www.campobello.com/lighthouse/contact.html to complete a pledge form.

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