It saddens me to learn of Ed Bowen Sr.’s passing and I want to reflect on his impact on our union, and me, for a few moments. I think of Ed as a true warrior. He fought for IBEW Local 1805 in a way that left marks on me as a young and impressionable Shop Steward many years ago. He, amongst a very dedicated group, created the framework of our contract today; a contract that still gives everyone the opportunity to have a better than average standard of living - much better - but you have to work for it. It is the only way. The company fought against unionization back then, the same way most corporations do today. They fought hard so we fought harder. Ed was one of our warriors; he was an Officer and a Chief Steward. The union was a perfect group that was not always in perfect harmony yet we worked as a team and that is the only way we survived. I carry the tools that Ed embodied and share them and everything else we have learned with our current Brothers and Sisters. We are building our union for the future and we need every person to be involved. Come be an “Ed” or any of the others I have honored in the past. Come learn the history and make some positive changes on the way. We can't do this without you. Rest in Peace, my friend.
Edward A. Bowen, Sr., 92, a 68 year resident of Millersville died on October 19, 2016 at Baltimore Washington Medical Center. He was born on May 4, 1924 in Annapolis, MD to the late Sarah and Richard A. Bowen, Sr.. Mr. Bowen worked for Westinghouse as an inspector for over 28 years, retiring in 1987. He was a member of the IBEW Union #1805. His hobbies included caring for his vegetable garden, fishing, talking to people, and dancing. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his brothers Howard C. and Richard A. Bowen, Jr. Mr. Bowen is survived by his wife of 68 years Annette C. Bowen, his sons Edward "Bunky" Bowen, Jr. of Severn, his daughters Nancy Bowen-Rattigan and her husband William of Millersville and Peggy Brown of Millersville and her late husband Edward Brown, Sr., his sister Betty Patton of OH, his grandchildren; Jason, Brittany, Stacey, Edward, Jr. and John, and 13 great grandchildren.
The family will receive visitors at Stallings Funeral Homes, P.A., (3111 Mountain Road, Pasadena, MD 21122) on Friday - October 21st (3:00 to 5:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 PM). Funeral Service will be held on Saturday - October 22nd at 10am at Anchor Baptist Church (320 West Pasadena Rd., Millersville, MD 21108) with burial immediately following at Glen Haven Memorial Park (7215 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, MD). In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the veterans association of your choice.