Donald C. Fowles, 78, died at his home on Pleasant Street, Sunday, July 25, 2010, after a period of declining health.

Born on June 25, 1932, he was the oldest of Ernestine and Clyde Fowles’s 12 children. He grew up in the North End of Rockland, and on June 21, 1951, married Cora Rowling, a friend since childhood.

Don was outgoing and friendly, and his magnetic personality brought customers to Britto’s Market, where he worked as a clerk when he and Cora were first married. When Britto’s Market burned in February of 1952, Mike Leo and Dick Stratton, who owned Harbor View Market just down the road, came and asked Don if he would work for them. He enjoyed interacting with people there for years, until he left to take a Cushman route, selling bread and baked goods.

He drove trucks for Rowling’s Garage, and Decosta Egg Farms, and then worked as an oil truck driver for Doug McMahon until Maritime bought out McMahon’s. They trained him to be an oil burner technician and he worked for Maritime Energy in that capacity until his retirement in 1995.

He enjoyed boating and swimming and giving people rides in his speedboat, or hauling them on water skis at Marshall’s Island on Megunticook Lake, and later at the family camp he built on Lermond Pond. As a young fellow, he amazed people with the distance he could swim underwater.

He and Cora enjoyed traveling and camping, first in tents, and later with their motor home. They took several cross-country trips and twice drove to Alaska.

He enjoyed “tinkering” and making something worthwhile from things that other people threw away. He was a great cook, and his family and friends were always happy to partake of his wonderful Italian bread. He took great pleasure in spending time with his family, whether he was cooking for them, enjoying their cooking, watching sports, or just visiting.

He was a super storyteller and livened any get-together with his humor. His nieces, nephews and their friends loved to hear him tell his stories about things that he and others had experienced. He loved to chat with people, and after his retirement made his daily trip to Maritime Farms where he could visit. When Alzheimer’s prevented him from driving, he took daily walks to the neighborhood store as long as he was physically able. He never lost his sense of humor or his desire to be with friends, and recognized them all until the last days of his life.

He will be sorely missed by family and friends.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife Cora in 2009, daughter Debby in 2007, and grandson, Raymond “Badger” Dow in 1996; his sisters Dorothy Stone and Judy Harmon, and brothers Ronald and Richard Fowles. He is survived by his son Donald D. Fowles and his wife Elizabeth; his daughter Becky Dow, all of Rockland; daughter Karen and her husband Randy of Hollis; grandson Chris Fowles and his wife Pam; and great-grandsons, Hunter Fowles and Chase Simmons of Rockland; brothers, George and his wife Joan of South Thomaston, Benjamin and his wife Mary of Camden, Francis and his wife Barbara of Rockland, Gerald of Springfield, Mass.;, Paul and his companion Claudette Boggs of Owls Head, Ernest and his wife Beverly of Liberty, S.C.; sister Maria and her husband Skip Belyea of Warren; brothers-in-law Nelson Harmon of Rockland, Phil Rowling and his wife Arline of Brunswick; sisters-in-law M. Jean Monroe and her husband Fred of South Hope, Gail Flaherty of Rockland, Sylvia Fowles of South Thomaston, Sue Fowles Heal of Hope, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, August 8, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland. A reception will follow immediately at 104 Limerock, adjacent to the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Knox County, P. O. Box 1294, Rockland, Maine 04841, or the charity of your choice.