PORTLAND — Timothy John Fowler, 69, of Fort Washington, Md., formerly of Portland, died unexpectedly April 20, in Bladensburg, Md.
He was born in Portland, a son of Chester and Barbara Fowler. Fowler attended local schools and was a graduate of Portland High School.
Following high school Fowler joined the Navy, where he served for more than two decades. He was awarded a Combat Action Ribbon for his service in the Vietnam War, a Vietnam Campaign Medal with six Bronze Stars and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Antarctic Service Medal with winter over clasp, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and several other awards and ribbons. His military career allowed Fowler an opportunity to see many locations throughout the world.
He retired and lived in Maryland where he continued to work as a military bus driver.
Fowler will mostly be remembered as a kindhearted man who enjoyed talking with people. He loved telling tall tales to his family and never missed an opportunity to meet someone new.
He was predeceased by his parents, a son Timothy Jr., in 1975 and a brother, William “Billy” Fowler, in 1981.
Fowler is survived by his wife, Bernice Fowler, of Ft. Washington, Md.; two daughters, Laurie J. Hargreaves, and husband, Paul, of Raymond, and Teresa L. Lawlor, and husband, James, of Raymond; a son, Timothy J. Townsend, of Harrison; a sister, Nancy Foshay, and husband, Donald, of Scarborough; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two nephews and four nieces.
A funeral was held Monday followed by burial with military rites at Calvary Cemetery, in South Portland.