2017-05-12 / Obituaries

Stuart Bowen

Stuart Preston Bowen, 74, of Kennebunk, passed away peacefully on May 5, 2017 at Gosnell Hospice House in Scarborough, in the loving embrace of his family and friends.

Born in Southbridge, Massachusetts, the son of Alanson Gray Bowen and Agnes Parsons Bowen, Stuart was a graduate of Southbridge High School, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the University of Massachusetts (PhD). He applied his civil engineering skills to the reconstruction of Alaska following the 1964 earthquake, developed oil and chemical facilities for Monsanto in Houston and helped numerous companies while consulting in the Boston area. During this portion of his life, Stu became a championship candlepin bowler and a good friend to many.

Stu met a young widow, Lenora (Lenny) Leonard and her two wonderful children, Scott and Elise, in 1975. Married six weeks later, they formed a family and embarked on a life in the restaurant industry, owning the Williamsville Inn in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and Lenora’s in Cambridge among several other culinary accomplishments. Lenny was a widely recognized chef; Stu a wine expert, host and business manager.

Stu and Lenny chose Kennebunk for their retirement in 2004 – partly due to his fond memories of summers on Drake’s Island where his grandmother owned a cottage. It was in Kennebunk where they made their closest friends, particularly in the Newcomers Club and through Lenny’s professional artwork before Lenny succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease in 2011. Stu was active in the community as a dedicated board member of the Kennebunk Land Trust as well as a competitive bridge player and an enthusiastic poker player. These friends became his Maine family.

Stu is survived by his son Scott and wife Susan (Johnson), and grandchildren Tommy and Jillian of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts; daughter Elise McGeehan and husband Marc, and grandchildren Alissa and Kara of Winchester, Massachusetts; brother Alan of Charleston, South Carolina; and brother Bill and wife Sue of San Francisco; as well as numerous nieces, and grand-nieces and grand- nephews.

A celebration of Stu’s life will be held later this summer. Donations may be made in Stu’s name to the Gosnell House, 180 Route 1, Scarborough, Maine, 04074, or to Kennebunk Land Trust, 6 Brown St., Suite 2, Kennebunk, Maine, 04043.

To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit Stuart’s Book of Memories Page at www.bibberfuneral.com.

Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, Kennebunk.

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