PRESQUE ISLE AND BLUE HILL -- Boyd Merle "Sonny" Bowden, 89, died Friday, December 7, 2018 in Mars Hill. Mr. Bowden was born in Blue, Hill, Maine, on August 19, 1929, the only child of Merle H. and Irma V. (Grindle) Bowden. He graduated from Clark High School in Penobscot, class of 1947.
Boyd served in the U.S. Navy from 1947 to 1950. Most of his time was spent aboard the U.S.S. Springfield CL 66. Following his military service, he graduated from Coyne Electrical School in Boston. His training took him to jobs at Bath Iron Works, the Stonington - Deer Isle Yacht Basin, and finally to the New England Telephone Company, where he worked from 1956 until his retirement in 1990. Thirty-three of those years were spent in the Toll Test department on Second Street in Presque Isle.
Mr. Bowden loved hunting, fishing, woodworking and gardening. But family was always his first priority, including two special "daughters," Tamia Glidden and Susan Kimball.
Boyd and Eva began their life-long romance when he was in fifth grade and she was in sixth. He often remarked that that turned out to be a pretty good decision for one so young.
He was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Eva M. (Wight) Bowden, of Presque Isle; his son Gary M. Bowden of Presque Isle; daughter Beth A. Brown of Poland, Maine; granddaughters Tiffany A. Brown and Brittany L. Brown Thayer; and great-grandchildren Leyton C. Thayer and Greyson M. Thayer.
Calling hours will be this Tuesday, Dec. 11th. from 5pm to 7pm at the Duncan-Graves Funeral Home in Presque Isle. A funeral service will be held at Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home, 113 Franklin Street, Ellsworth, Maine, at noon on Thursday, Dec. 13th. Interment will be at 1:00pm, May 31, 2019 at Grindle Cemetery, Kingdom Road, Blue Hill
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.duncan-graves.com or at www.jordanfernald.com