William Ralph Fowler died February 28, 2023. He was born May 9, 1945 to Frank and Hazel Fowler in Bowdoinham, Maine, he was the youngest of 15 children. He was predeceased by his son, John William Fowler, 4 brothers and 8 sisters and several nieces and nephews.
He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Marianne Fowler, Jefferson, ME; 2 brothers Robert Fowler of No. Fort. Myers, FL and Kenneth Fowler of Waldoboro, ME; his daughter Sandra J. Fowler of Jefferson; three granddaughters, Alisha Maxcy, Marianne Wotton and Katie Fowler; 3 great granddaughters, 2 great grandsons and numerous nieces and nephews.
Known as Bill, he grew up on Westport Island, Maine and was educated in a one room schoolhouse for eight grades. At 18 he married Marianne Rackliff and worked at digging clams and then welding at Bath Iron Works.
In his early twenties, he joined the Waldoboro Fire Department where he was eventually promoted to Lieutenant. He was one of the first to help start the Waldoboro Ambulance Service, becoming an EMT. At this time, the Waldoboro Police needed special officers, so he joined the Police Department where he was promoted to Assistant Police Chief. He eventually left the police department but stayed on the ambulance service and Fire Department for many years.
He worked as trackman for the Maine Central Railroad and later for the Maine Coast Railroad where he became an engineer. He was driving the train the day the tractor trailer loaded with eggs drove across the tracks at Winslow Mills, creating a horrible accident.
Lastly in life, he worked with his son Johnny, fishing on his 38-foot fishing vessel the “Grayling” which they had restored, tuna fishing and gathering urchins. They were also carpenters together.
Bill was known by family and friends as someone they could turn to and depend on. Opening his home to them. He loved deer hunting and hosted family and friends from out of state for a week of deer hunting every year.
He loved the outdoors, always outside working on his wood or polishing his truck.
He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
A time of gathering of family and friends will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2023 from 6-8 pm and a funeral service will be held on Sunday, March 12, 2023 at 1:00 pm, both to be held at Hall’s of Waldoboro, 949 Main Street, in Waldoboro. Burial will be held in the spring.
Hall’s of Waldoboro has care of the arrangements. To extend online condolences, visit their Book of Memories at www.halllfuneralhomes.com.