Ronald '' Ron '' Bowler (5 Jun 1943 - 10 Mar 2015)

For Charitable
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British Diabetic Association

Funeral Service

Location
Kemnal Park Sidcup By-Pass Chislehurst BR7 6RR
Date
16th Apr 2015
Time
12pm
Funeral Director
F.A. Albin & Sons

Funeral Reception

Location
The Pavilion135 Footscray RoadElthamSE9 2SY
Date
16th Apr 2015
Time
TBC

In loving memory of the late Ronald '' Ron '' Bowler who sadly passed away on 10th March 2015.

Ron had just returned from a wonderful family holiday with his daughter Anne-Marie, her girls Holly and Darcy and Maureen's daughter Kerry-Anne. The holiday was to celebrate Holly's 18th Birthday and to visit Kerry-Anne who is currently at University in the USA.

Ron was born in Dunfermline, Fife in June 1943 to parents Bill & Doris. The happy family unit was completed 2 years later when his sister Eleanor arrived. Ron & Eleanor and their two families remained very close throughout his life, coming together for lots of special occasions and holidays.

Ron joined the police in Scotland when he left school but, having seen a bit of the world when the family had lived in Singapore, he decided to join the RAF. Posted to Aldergrove in Northern Ireland he met Josie Taggart and they fell in love. He was later posted to Kenya and when he was asked to stay there for 2 years he wrote to Josie asking her to come out to Nairobi and they were then married on 3rd December 1964. Patricia was born in Nairobi hospital in October 1965 and Ron always spoke fondly of their time in Kenya. They returned first to Ireland and then to Dunfermline where they lived with Bill and Doris, later getting their own place. Believing the streets of London were paved with gold Ron was going to join the Metropolitan police but by chance the City of London police were on a nationwide recruitment campaign and he easily met their selection criteria as he was 6ft 2"! Having been signed up, the family moved down to London and lived in West Norwood where Maureen was born in December 1967. They moved to Houston Road in Forest Hill a few years later where they lived happily for over 30 years. In March 1972 Anne-Marie was born and the family were complete; despite having boy's names picked for each girl Ron lived a great life surrounded by his girls! The years passed happily with lots of wonderful family memories, holidays in Ireland and Scotland and at Pontin's holiday camps!

As a young man Ron was a great sportsman, playing all types of sport and he was particularly good at swimming. He was offered a place as a goalie at Dunfermline Athletic when the late great Jock Stein was manager but he decided against it as footballers didn't earn enough money! As the years passed he spent many happy hours watching sport and going to football matches (following Tottenham in the '80s and '90s) race days, athletics, cricket and Grand Prix. Ron would often tell you he had been up all night watching sport of some description! He would have been your 'phone a friend' for many subjects but definitely sports questions and he came first in the sports quiz at Pontins on more than one occasion!

He loved his job, rising to the rank of Detective Inspector; as with all things in his life Ron gave 110% and he was very well respected. A letter the family received following his death talked of a "first class Detective," he made so many good friends and shared many stories of his time in The City. The City was also where he met his friend "Yorkie" Michael Jacques and they enjoyed a great friendship that lasted for many years.

In 1995 Ron's first grandchild, Kerry-Anne, was born; she was very ill but he hardly left her side, watching over her until she was well enough to come home. Ron worked for a year after Kerry-Anne was born but he had been diagnosed with diabetes and made the decision to retire after 28 years' service. He took on a new role of "super grandad' in 1997 with the arrival of Holly in March and Ryan in October (finally a boy!). The next few years saw many happy times in Ron & Josie's fun crèche at Houston Road, Grandchildren were guaranteed to have a good time and the sign on the wall said "if I knew Grandchildren were this much fun I would have had them first." 2001 saw the arrival of Darcy, born in June and then Grace joined the family in September 2003.

In 2002 Ron & Josie sold the house at Forest Hill, returning to rebuild Josie's family home in Tyrone but they kept their chalet at Allhallows in Kent so they could travel back and forward, keeping in close contact with the family. Sadly Josie passed away in April 2003 after 38 years of happy marriage. Ron, who loved Ireland, did not want to sell the house so continued to commute between Tattymulmona and Allhallows and all his Grandchildren loved going to the house in Ireland. His grandchildren kept him going, especially with the arrival of Grace in September 2003, they gave him a reason to continue following his loss and he enjoyed life as he watched them grow into lovely young adults.

Ron's love of sport extended to Gaelic football and he followed Josie's team, Tyrone. She had never seen them win an all Ireland final but the year she died Tyrone reached the final. Having made sure Grace had arrived safe and well, Ron travelled to Croke Park with his son-in-law Vince, his brother-in-law Mickey and many of Josie's family. They watched Tyrone beat Armagh and bring home the Sam Maguire cup. The party lasted a long time in Tyrone, the celebrations went on in every town and village and an emotional Ron, Vince and Mickey took a Tyrone flag from the game and placed it on Josie's grave.

Ron must have lost count of the school runs he did, he was a well known figure in the playground of all his Grandchildren's schools; he also attended many school plays, nativities, choir recitals, ballet shows, dance shows and football matches!

He will leave a very large gap in all our lives and will be sorely missed; rest in peace Ron Bowler, reunited with your lovely Josie xxx

Dawn, Paul and Alec Keleher wrote

Dearest Ron. Nearly 20 years ago you came into our lives when Kerry-Anne was born. How we all went through the agony of waiting to see if this darling girl would make it. Yes she did, thank God, and from that day on the friendship grew, a friendship that will never end. A bond between parents, grandparents and "babies" as we will always call them. We have all gone through ups and downs, and your love and devotion to your family knew no bounds. We love you dearly even though years and miles have come between us. We will never forget the support you gave to all of us during those dark days at QM. God bless you now you are re-united with your beloved. xxxx

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Anne-Marie Bowler wrote

To my wonderful Dad, I will never forget all the wonderful things you did for me and the girls you were always there for us. I wish I could turn back the clock to our holiday in Miami where we were all so happy. Im so proud to call you my Dad. There wont be a day that goes by when I don't miss you. I love and miss you Dad xxxx

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Carolyn O'Donnell wrote

I'm crying reading all of your beautiful words Kerry-Anne and Maureen, he was such an amazing man and my memories of him in Queen Marys special care will never leave me, I can't remember a time he wasn't standing at he side of your incubator, arms folded as your guardian angel, the night he followed the ambulance which was blue lighting you up to London, he was the type of man who you knew if he was there, he would look after you. I can't begin to understand your personal emotions at this time but I just wanted to share me memories of a very special dad, grandad and man ️xx

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  • Would like to thank all of the friends and family who came and the guard of honour formed by the wonderful Ex City of London Police. Would also like to thank all the people unable to attend who watched the live feed was over whelmed when I found out there were 288 people who watched. Xxx

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John and Margaret Plunkett wrote

Maureen. With our deepest sympathy on the untimely passing of your Dad. Love and blessings. John and Margaret

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Mary Miller wrote

I am so sorry for your loss. May it help you to know that 1 Corinthians 15:26 reading: And the last enemy, death, is to be brought to nothing. Yes, because of God's love for us and knowing the pain that death bring to families, He will get rid of it forever, never to return. I hope this bring you and your family some comfort and strength to continue on in your days ahead.

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Vince Dignam wrote

I have so many memories from when I first met Ron (when I started going out with Maureen) people saying "don't go to house to meet Maureen because of Ron's reputation with his daughters boyfriends!!" And Ron saying your car is too noisey when I dropped Maureen home at night. Saying all that we hit it off from the start from fixing his car and to Maureen's amazement Ron making me a cup of tea and lunch when I visited! Throughout the years we went on lots of holidays and short breaks, especially when the grandchildren came along. Ron was there for me when my Dad passed away and always willing to give sound advice and support, in that same year that support became even more valued when our daughter Kerry-Anne was born and Ron & Josie helped us so much. We had some great holidays and parties usually the kids parties meant Ron and I would be building some toy or swing the night before and trying to hide it from the kids. Had some great trips to the formula one racing and Gaelic football matches in Ireland and watching his favorite team Tyrone win twice. In recent years we had some good times in Ireland with the quad bikes and other amazing toys Ron had at his house. I have a lot to thank Ron for, getting me a great opportunity working in the City and lots of good memories. We are already seeing and feeling the big void you have left Ron but you will never be forgotten. RIP.

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Kerry-Anne Dignam wrote

Grandad
From the moment I was born you were right there with me making sure everything was being done to save me, you often told me that your voice was the only thing I responded to and the moment you entered the room I would look around to see where you were. From then on you were my whole world and I adored you. One of the first words I ever said was 'gangant'. I can't count the amount of times I threw a tantrum and screamed I'm going to live with grandad and call you up to tell you the horrible things mum and dad must have done to me, but no matter what you would always calm me down and tell me I could always come and live with you which was all I needed to hear. Every important event in my life you were right beside me proud and usually shaking your glasses. We have always had a very special bond that could never and will never be broken. As well as my grandad you were my best friend I don't think I spoke to anyone else as often as you. On a normal day I would call you at least three times a day to ask how to cook something or to tell you the huge drama I had been through that day. In that last few weeks there has been a massive gap in my day, every time something happens or I need to know something I just want to pick up the phone and Skype you. The one thing that has kept me going is that I know how proud you are of me, which you could ask anyone in the world either people you know or complete strangers that you've bragged to saying 'my granddaughters studying in America'. I wish I could be there today to say goodbye but I know that you would tell me not to be silly and finish my time in America. I am so glad that I got to spend an amazing week with you in Miami which I will cherish for the rest of my life. I know that you are happy and complete again back with our precious granny watching over us. Every Time I look at the sky I know that the two brightest stars are making sure I'm safe and happy. I love you with all my heart and will always be making you proud. My heart may be broken and a piece will always be missing but I will fill it with all your strength. Forever and always my hero.

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Katie Warnock wrote

There are so many memories of my lovely Uncle Ron. My brother Keith and I used to spend holidays with him and Auntie Josie in London. We spent many a fabulous night down at the beer garden down the road eating, drinking fizzy juice and playing what felt like until the early hours!
I also remember Ron's 'loose change' that he kept in a drawer in the living room. Keith's eyes were out in stalks as Uncle Ron casually counted the cash (and stuffed some in our pockets at the end of each trip!) xxxxxxxx

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  • 3rd April 2010, Carfraemill, Scottish Borders, family photo at his niece, Katie and Gavin Warnock's wedding.

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Carol Chambers wrote

We all had such a wonderful life when we were teenagers in Singapore, they are treasured memories. Now with your lovely wife.

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Maureen Dignam wrote

16.3.1985 it had been 73 years since Tottenham had last won at Anfield, but Garth Crooks' 70minute shot won a memorable game for Spurs.

Spurs started confidently, having lost only once in 15 games, despite coming into the game off the back of a 1-2 home defeat by Manchester United. With nothing much happening in the first 20 minutes of the game, Ray Clemence was called upon to tip over a shot in the first half and then saved as Phil Neal broke into the Spurs box in the second.

The Lilywhites had to wait until the 71st minute for the winning goal. Mark Falco blocked a clearance and as the Liverpool players were shouting for handball, Micky Hazard fired in a shot that Bruce Grobbelaar could only parry, leaving Crooks the chance to nip in to knock it home.

Liverpool pressed to get back into the game, but the resolute defence kept the rampant Reds out and the long unwanted record was at last broken.

Teams :
Liverpool - Grobbelaar, Neal, Lawrenson, Hansen, Kennedy, Nicol, Whelan, MacDonald, Wark (Walsh), Rush, Dalglish.
Subs not used :
Spurs - Clemence, D. Thomas, Hughton, Roberts, Miller, Perryman, Chiedozie (Hazard), Galvin, Hoddle, Crooks
Subs not used :
Attendance : - 43,852 Dad and I were in that crowd another memory I will hold dear!

As a little girl he encouraged me to support Man United Joe Gordon was my favourite player! When I reached teenage years I decided to pick my own team, Tottenham Hotspur! On reflection did I pick Tottenham or was I influenced? Turns out Dad was a big admirer of Spurs and had gone to games when he returned to London in the 1960s watching some of his favourite players Danny Blanchflower (Northern Ireland International) and Dave Mackay (born in Edinburgh.) The last conversation I had with Dad was about Dave Mackay who had died 2.3.2015, I told Dad I had kept the programme from the Spurs game for him as there was a tribute to Dave, Dad proudly said " I knew him you know"



I could write so much more so many happy memories that I will always remember.

Mo x

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  • That should of course say Joe Jordan!!!

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  • The UEFA cup final 1984 what a night it ended in a penalties we could hardly watch! We were dancing on the tables that night in the club after the game but eventually Dad said we had to go because I was in the middle of my olevels and Mum would kill him if I was out all night!

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  • Thanks Chris, my Dad and I were talking about this a few months ago after News at Ten showed old footage from the trial on the day Jeremy Thorpe died. I told him off for chewing gum when he was on the TV!

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  • You are very welcome Grace. He looks very smart in his 'big hat' but of course, enjoyed a life of plain clothes. A good old fashioned detective. R.I.P.

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Diane Leggett wrote

To All of Ron's Family
Ron was a true gentleman a lovely man.
My most heartfelt condolences. May his star shine as brightly as he did.

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  • Great picture thanks Di

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Royal Borough of Greenwich Tenancy Services wrote

Friends and colleagues of Maureen's would like to express their deepest condolences to the family, for the sad loss of their dearly loved Dad and Grandad.
Our thoughts are with you all.

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  • Thanks to all my lovely friends and colleagues at Greenwich for all your help and support. Thank you for the beautiful flowers and generous donation to the British Diabetic Association in Dads memory xxx

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  • Blackpool in December 1989 for Mum & Dad's silver wedding anniversary

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  • At Pontins - and that was probably his sports quiz award on the table!

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  • Christmas 1969

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  • With his youngest grandaughter, Grace

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  • In the famous Sierra that Josie won in The Sun bingo!

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  • Great photo thanks Chris

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  • Wonderful photo! Reduced me to tears. So like our Dad too.

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