Bowen F. Marshall Jr.

Dec 02, 2019
Bowen Marshall Jr.

Rockport — Bowen Floyd Marshall Jr. passed away as he lived his life, quietly and respectfully, Nov. 27, 2019, in Camden. Known by most as “Bo,” to his family as “Bugs” and to his wife Racine as “Honey.” Born in Olathe, Kan., May 20, 1944, to Bowen Floyd Marshall Sr. and Marilyn Eva Benson, Bo grew up in Winter Harbor as also the step-son of Ozzie Coombs. The oldest of four boys, he is survived by his best friend and wife of 31 years, Racine; brothers, Ralph Marshall and his wife, Maggie, Michael Coombs and his wife Coral and David Coombs. He also is survived by some wonderful children and grandchildren: son Jeff Marshall and his wife, Kristi, with their children, Connor and Kayli; Derek Marshall and his fiancée, Shannon Castle, with his children, Eden and Gabriel; Jennifer Payson and her children, Nalani and Isabella and Nicole Payson and her partner, Michel Robinson.

Bo was multi-talented and known for his quiet intellect, reserved humor, hard work and as an all-around outdoorsman. Bo graduated from Sumner High School as his class valedictorian. Working as a caddie at Grindstone Neck Golf Course, shagging golf balls with a baseball glove, lobstering in the summer and numerous other jobs helped him to pay for his college education. He went on to earn his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maine at Orono, where he also spent a short time teaching before working as a civilian engineer for the U.S. Navy in Rhode Island for two years.  He moved back to Maine in the mid-70s to work at Tibbett’s Industries in Camden, where he led the amplified telecoil development program, eventually utilized by 90 percent of the world’s hearing aid industry at the time, while acquiring numerous patents and furthering industry-leading technological advancements. He was known as a great teacher and mentor to those who worked with him who said of him, “If you were lucky enough to spend time with him he would even show you a little of his sense of humor.” Most knew him as an avid hunter, fisherman and athlete. Spring and summer meant fishing for trout along the “Airline” and the fall brought deer-hunting success for many years as a Registered Maine Guide. A great athlete in high school, Bo was recognized in the Midcoast as one of the best golfers in the area, routinely winning club championships at Goose River Golf Course. His passion for golf, hard work and business led him to a partnership to purchase and run Goose River for approximately 15 years. He coached and officiated Little League, High School and YMCA swimming while his children were in school, rarely missing an event.

Bo and Racine had a camp at Nicatous Lake for the past 20-plus years where they enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, swimming, boating, biking and walking – anything outside and always together. In his later years, they toured together throughout the country in their RV, able to eventually visit all 50 states. As the effects of Alzheimer’s began to set in for Bo, their desire to travel was completed with their trip of a lifetime together, from Honolulu to Tahiti, New Zealand and Australia.

Despite the progression of Alzheimer’s, Bo’s smile and adoring pride for those he loved remained until the end. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in memory of Bo to the Children’s Heart Foundation, 2 Fayette St., Unit 4, Boston Mass. 02116. A memorial gathering will be held in the spring or summer and further details will be announced.

Condolences and memories may be shared with Bo’s family by visiting his Book of Memories at Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Camden.

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