Obituary of Carl D. Fowler
Carl Delano Fowler passed away peacefully on November 6, 2023 at the Maine Veteran’s Home in Bangor, Maine.
Carl was born in Seabrook, NH on Sept. 15, 1933, to Caleb N. Fowler and Alice M (Olsen) Fowler, and moved to Portsmouth, NH when his father began working at the Portsmouth Navy Yard. He married the love of his life, Winifred (Winnie) R. Pottle, on Sept. 24, 1955. Their epic love story lasted 67 years. They were never apart and their devotion to each other was a beautiful example to all.
Carl and Winnie had 3 children, Mark, Cindy, and Greg, whom they loved dearly and devoted their lives to. As spouses and grandchildren came into the family, each one was cherished. Carl was the firm foundation and compassionate patriarch of the family and a source of wisdom and support for each family member.
He came to faith in Christ and was baptized as a young man. He grew up in a Christian home where extended family hymn singing was a regular part of life. It was hard for him to come up with a favorite hymn since he loved so many of them.
He loved deeply, was a man of impeccable integrity, gentle, pensive, witty, sentimental, creative, and hardworking. He loved God with his whole heart and was passionate about his relationship with Him. He loved reading, watching sports, working in the yard, playing Cribbage, Scrabble, and Balderdash with the family, and also enjoyed his small group from Discover Church where he and Winnie had many close friends who brought joy and laughter to their lives.
Carl served in the US Navy as a Radioman on the USS Compton (DD-705), from 1952 to 1956. He traveled the world as a seaman and loved Italy and Greece the most.
Upon graduation from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Carl spent the majority of his career as a graphic artist working on national advertising campaigns, and even had an ad in the Super Bowl. Carl was also a prolific landscape painter and non-fiction writer. Upon retiring, he and Winnie moved to Northport, Maine, and he began showing his work at the Small Wonder Gallery in Camden, Maine, the Argosy Gallery in Bar Harbor, and the Lighthouse Gallery in Bucksport. Carl was published in several national magazines, including Yankee. He also played the banjo and enjoyed that tremendously.
Carl is survived by his sons Mark and wife, Laurie, and Greg and wife Meredith, son-in-law Jeff Burbine, 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his beloved wife, Winnie, and precious daughter, Cynthia.
Private family burial with military honors will be held in Prospect, Maine on Nov. 17, and a public Memorial Service at Discover Church on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 11:00.
Gifts in Carl’s memory may be made to Discover Church Deacon Fund.