In Memory Of
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider making a donation to your favorite charity in William G. Bowe's name.
William Gerard Bowe, of Amityville, formerly of Garden City, died at age 90 on April 26, 2019. He was born in Flushing, NY in 1928. He is predeceased by his beloved wife of 63 years, Marie C. Robilotta (d.2014), and by his sisters Catherine, Julia (Robert) Stoffel, and Mary (Michael) Conlin. Beloved father of Paula (Gregory) Mondloh, Peter J., Timothy W. (Ann), Martin A. (Diana), Rosemary (John Jeffrey, d.2010) Kracke, and Elizabeth (Damir) Plisic. Loving grandfather of sixteen and great-grandfather of eight.
Mr. Bowe was a graduate of Manhattan College, School of Business, 1951. He served in the US Army as a radio repairman during the Korean Conflict. After his service, Mr. Bowe worked as a sprinkler fitter. Seeing the opportunity to be part of a growing market, he founded the ABCO Automatic Sprinkler Company in 1958 with his father-in-law, Anthony Robilotta. Over the years, Bill’s entrepreneurial spirit led the company through a series of changes and acquisitions. His passion for fire protection enabled and continues to inspire ABCO Peerless Sprinkler Corp to be on the leading edge of the fire suppression industry for over 60 years. As a steward to the industry, Mr. Bowe started the NY Sprinkler Contractors Association. In 1985 he served as president of the Mechanical Contractors Association of NY, where he worked in conjunction with Local Union 638 to establish the Steamfitting Industry Assistance Program. This live-saving program has served over 1,000 families understand and battle substance abuse. He also held various positions in the National Fire Sprinkler Association, where he was inducted into the Fire Sprinkler Hall of Fame in 2008.
Not always focused on business, Bill was an avid reader. He and Marie enjoyed decades of travel, dancing, sailing, tennis, and golf. But it was Bill’s firm faith which fueled his love for family and community. His sense of humor entertained and inspired many up until he was called home. Visitation Wednesday, May 1, 2-4 pm & 7-9pm at Fairchild Sons Funeral Home, 1201 Franklin Ave, Garden City, NY. Mass of Christian Burial, May 2, 10am St. Joseph’s Church, 130 5th St, Garden City, NY. Burial follows at Mount St. Mary Cemetery in Flushing. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to your favorite charity.