RALPH AMBRY BOWLEY

Ralph Ambry Bowley, selectman of the Town of Fairfield, died April 10, 2010, at the Carolton Chronic and Convalescent Hospital, surrounded by his family.

He was predeceased by his son, Christopher Martin Bowley.

He is survived by his wife, Deborah Boyle Bowley; his daughter, Gillian Bowley and her husband, Brian Cavagnolo of San Francisco; his daughter, Shannon Patricia Bowley of Black Rock; his sister, Patricia Bowley Knab of Sarver, Pa.; his brother, Raymond Bowley Jr. and his wife, Judy of Charlotte, N.C.; his brother, Richard Bowley of Frankfurt, Ky.; and many nieces and nephews.

Bowley was born Oct. 22, 1943, in Boston, Mass., to the late Raymond Bowley and Edith Tucker Bowley. A certified real estate appraiser who held the prestigious SRA designation, he served in the past as a member and chairman of the Fairfield Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), as president of the Fairfield Board of Realtors, as chairman of the Fairfield YMCA, as a member of the Kiwanis Club of Fairfield, and as a deacon and elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Fairfield.

A graduate of Belknap College of New Hampshire with a bachelor of arts degree in history, Bowley was also an U.S.Army veteran who served as an artillery/survey officer from 1966 to 1969.

From 1975 to 1981, he was president of the Eagle Agency; from 1982 to 1988, he was president of Bowley Appraisal Company; and from 1988 to 2006, he was president of Bowley Moore Appraisal Centre Inc. He also served as a director of the Connecticut Board of Realtors and the Fairfield Real Estate School, and was an instructor in the Continuing Education program of Fairfield University.

Bowley was an avid golfer and a section hiker of the Appalachian Trail. A former coach of youth sports at Wakeman Boys and Girls Club and for the Fairfield Recreation Department, he was also a frequent volunteer at the Bridgeport Rescue Mission.

A funeral service officiated by the Rev. Dr. Edward F. Duffy will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 15, at the First Presbyterian Church of Fairfield, 2475 Easton Turnpike, Fairfield; interment will be private. Friends may call from 3 to 9 p.m. today, April 14, in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pastor's Discretionary Fund at The First Presbyterian Church of Fairfield.

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