The Rev. George F. Bowers (1935-2015)

The Diocese of Georgia mourns the loss of the Rev. George Franklin Bowers who died at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Savannah, on August 20. George was a retired priest of the Diocese and with his wife, Pat, actively involved in St. Andrew’s and St. Cyprian’s, Darien.

Born in Berwick, Nova Scotia, while his mother was in Canada visiting her home, the family returned to their home in Everett, Massachusetts, as soon as they could travel. A cradle Episcopalian, Bowers sang in the boy’s choir at Our Savior, Brookline, after the family moved to that town to run a boarding house. This choir and the Boy Scout troop connected Bowers to the church which he usually attended alone.

An ankle injury as a teen sent Bowers to a foot clinic in Boston, where he first learned of Podiatry. The interest persisted and following high school graduation, he attended Podiatry School. Bowers married the former Ann Caley in 1957. The two had three children, David, Helen, and Beth. When beginning a family, the Bowers moved to Thomasville, Georgia to start a podiatry practice. There the family got active at St. Thomas.

The Bowers attended Cursillo #9 at Honey Creek. Bowers wrote of this, “Nothing in my life was ever the same again. I met the risen Christ! He was no longer a historical figure.” He followed up by forming a reunion group with other men at St. Thomas.

Despite working on their marriage, Ann and George divorced and in this both found support through their church. Later, he met and in 1985 married the former Patricia Hall. The two moved to Saints Simons Island and became active in Christ Church Frederica. During the time on Saint Simons, Bowers felt a renewed sense of a call to the priesthood.

Following a move to Lake Seminole, the Bowers became active at St. John’s, Bainbridge. At St. John’s, Bowers entered the discernment process and then formation for the priesthood. Bishop Louttit ordained him to the diaconate in February 2001 and to the priesthood on November 26, 2002. He served as a supply priest before serving as an interim for St. Andrew’s and St. Cyprian’s, Darien. He and Pat have remained actively involved in the Darien congregations.

St. Andrew’s, Darien will hold the Requiem Eucharist this Saturday at 11 a.m. The Very Rev. Ted Clarkson will preach. Clergy are invited to wear cassock, surplice, and white stoles.

 

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