Raymond Bower Jr
1940 - 2019
Raymond Bower Jr, a longtime resident of Malden, passed away on
Saturday, October 12th 2019. Born in Everett in 1940, Ray was
the son of the late Raymond Sr (1911-1941) and Mildred M.
(Clark) Bower (1913-2014). He was the husband of the late
Patricia A. (Cunningham) Bower (1943-2007).
Ray grew up in Everett and graduated from Everett Vocational
High School in 1960. After high school, he went to work as a
truck body builder with James A. Kiley Company in Somerville,
where he enjoyed 20 years working on utility trucks. He then
took a position as groundskeeper at Holy Cross Cemetery in
Malden, where he worked until his retirement in 2009. In his
work at Holy Cross, Ray received a letter of commendation from
his employer acknowledging the numerous compliments from
visitors to the cemetery regarding the level of attention and
professional care he provided. This was who Ray was, it was
simply his nature to be thoughtful and compassionate to others.
A cabinet maker by trade, Ray was an extremely talented
woodworker and built many beautiful pieces of furniture in his
youth that are still in excellent condition and will lovingly
remain with his family. Ray also loved everything about old cars
and enjoyed going to car shows, tinkering with and changing
their oil, and detailing them. He spent many hours building and
painting model cars at the kitchen table. He was a quiet man
around most (especially those who didn’t know him), but with his
family and friends, he had an incredible sense of humor and
loved telling jokes and pulling little pranks –his laughter and
joy will be sorely missed.
He is survived by his son, Raymond P. Bower of Dorchester, his
two daughters, Michele M. Algreen of Boulder, CO and Marie E.
Bower of Burbank, CA, his son-in-law Paul Algreen, and his
cherished grandson, Casey. He also leaves several in-laws,
nieces, and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Rays name may be
made to the Malden DAV, 85 Willow Street, Malden, MA
A celebration of Raymond’s life will be held at a later date.