Jay Herbert Fowler, 83, of Vero Beach, FL went to Heaven on July 22, 2023 after a long battle with cancer.
Jay was born in Boston, Mass October 8, 1939, the second of three sons born to Bryant and Louise Fowler. He attended public schools in Arlington, Mass and graduated from Arlington High School in 1958. After high school Jay followed his older brother Jim into the US Navy. At one time all three brothers were serving in the US Navy. Jay served six years in the Navy as a medical corpsman. He was on standby duty in Syria, Lebanon, and during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He took shore leave in the Mediterranean to run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. His last tour was at Camp LeJeune, NC.
After the Navy, Jay graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology as a medical technician. He worked at Boston City Hospital for fifteen years as a laboratory technician. He also worked for Consolidated Services Corporation for over thirty years. After retiring to Sea he worked for Walmart for seven years and then Winn Dixie for another seven years.
Jay was active in his Nazarene Churches in Quincy, Hingham, and South Weymouth, Mass. He served as an usher, board member, church treasurer, and in nursing home ministries. He was also a team member on several mission trips to South Africa and Nicaragua. Jay loved people and always found a way to connect even if they spoke a different language.
Jay and Judie were married in 1968 and lived in Quincy, Mass before moving to Hull, Mass in 1976. They spent 25 years in Hull where they were foster parents. Jay loved living on the water where he was able to swim and sail. They retired to Vero Beach in 2001.
Jay is survived by Judie, his loving wife of 55 years; daughter, Veronica L. Haas and Dawn Semenchuk – who is considered family; older brother, James; younger brother, Thomas (Geraldine); and several nieces and nephews.
Jay is predeceased by his parents, Bryant and Louise Fowler; and his sister-in-law, Irene Fowler.
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