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James Wilmer “Bill” Bowles Jr., 66, of Annapolis and Naples, Fla., formerly of Glenelg, died Dec. 28, 2012, at his residence in Annapolis.
Born Feb. 3, 1946, in Leonardtown, he was the son of Mary Elsie Redmond Bowles and the late James Wilmer Bowles Sr.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his son, Charles Joseph Bowles (Patricia); daughters, Dr. Heather L. Bowles of Hanover, Pa., and Jennifer L. Bowles-Brannon (Shawn) of Pittsboro, N.C.; four grandsons, Christopher, Michael and Jacob Brannon and Gabriel Bowles; sister, Patricia Bowles Buckler (Richard); Debbie Chartier; and two nieces, Renee B. Campbell (Dan) of Leonardtown and Annette B. Nuebling (George) of Tampa, Fla.
He graduated from Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy, Ryken High School and Mt. St. Mary’s College. Following graduation from college, he started his professional career at the Baltimore Aircoil Co. in 1973 as director of personnel and rose through the ranks to managing director and regional vice president, international. With the latter promotion, he transferred to the European branch of the company and moved his family to Belgium. He left the company in 1990 as BAC vice president international and a member of the board of directors. He joined Evapco in 1990 and entered the company as executive vice president and member of the board of directors, becoming president of the company in 1991. He remained as the president and CEO of the company until his retirement in 2004. While president of Evapco, he served as chairman of the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration. He was the driving force behind the formation of the Ammonia Refrigeration Foundation, which was established to fund research projects that benefit the ammonia refrigeration industry and to offer scholarships for students interested in a career in the industrial refrigeration industry. He served as ARF chairman and later instituted the board of trustees.
He was an avid boater, enjoyed fishing, golf and presidential history and was the Eastport Cup champion in 2011.
A private funeral was held Jan. 2, with interment taking place at St. Mary’s Queen of Peace Cemetery. A celebration of life memorial was held Jan. 5 in Annapolis. Arrangements were handled by Taylor Funeral Home of Annapolis.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary’s Nursing Center Foundation, P.O. Box 904, Leonardtown, MD 20650.