Wesley N. Bowman, 80

Oct 25, 2021

Wesley N. Bowman, 80, of Mattapoisett died unexpectedly at home on Saturday, October 23, 2021. He was the husband of Barbara A. (Kubik) Bowman, with whom he shared 61 years of marriage.

Born, raised and educated in Mattapoisett, he was the son of the late Alexander Bates Bowman and the late Edna (Morell) Bowman and lived in Mattapoisett all of his life. Wes left school at an early age to work with his dad taking care of properties in town. He then worked for Pallatroni and Gingras and Paul Cleary until he started his own lawn care and tree cutting service and backhoe business. He was the Mattapoisett tree warden from 1974 to 1987. He then ran a successful campaign for Mattapoisett highway surveyor and proudly served in that position from 1988 until 2006. When Wes retired he never stopped working, he actually worked until the day he died.

Wes was a mentor to so many young men who were starting their own businesses and helped many to find their way and was a second father to many. If you needed it, he would have it for you. He loved his town and all the characters in it, as he was one too. He loved his Fords but most of all he loved his family and was happiest when they were around. He was so proud of every one of them. Though he struggled with his aging and overworked body, he would be quick to say, "But rather than that, I'm doing alright." He was the best Dad and Poppa. Wesley was loved by so many and will be missed terribly.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; four children, Wesley Bowman, Jr., Nancy Duff, Susan Henshaw and her husband Todd, and Gary Bowman and his wife, Kim; eight siblings, June Emerson, Nancy Borden, Warren Bowman, Joyce Gagnon, Joan Garib, Frank Bowman, Sandra Dittoe, and David Bowman; ten grandchildren, Mitchell Duff, Wesley Bowman, III, Timothy Bowman, Marissa Donovan, Rachael Sweet, Mary-Louise Duff, TJ Henshaw, Matthew (Joe) Duff, Mason Henshaw, and John Bowman; five great-grandchildren, Colin Sweet, Travis Sweet, Chase Bowman, Caleb Bowman, and Daisy Louise Donovan; and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family friends.

He was predeceased by his siblings, Alexander Bowman, John Bowman, and Edna Hebert.

His graveside service and burial will be held Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 10 AM in Pine Island Cemetery, 65 Marion Road, Mattapoisett. Visiting hours will be held Friday, October 29, 2021 from 4-8 PM in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Road, Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, donations in Wes' memory may be made to Boston Children's Hospital, 401 Park Dr., Ste. 602, Boston, MA 02215. For directions and guestbook, visit www.saundersdwyer.com.