John Watts Bowditch
- October 12, 1944 - February 29, 2012
- Gloucester, Virginia
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“Peggy and Sherwood,
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“Please alow me to express my sorrow for your loss. Peggy you and Sherwood are in my Prayers. I loved John with all my heart and he will live in my...Read More »
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“Dear Mrs Bowditch and Sherwood, I would like to express my sincere sorrow in your loss. John was a very nice man, always happy and sincere. I...Read More »
4 of 4 | Posted by: Karen Vreeland - Williamsburg, VA
Gloucester, VA: John Watts Bowditch died from a massive coronary after a successful bilateral lung transplant in Durham, North Carolina, on February 29, 2012. John was born on October 12, 1944, the son of Willits Henry and Marian Hornsby Bowditch. Awarded a football scholarship, he attended the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, "the holy city," and claimed the class of 1967, while graduating in 1968. John spent most of his life in the automobile business. He was the owner of McGinness Chevrolet Buick, and since retirement was associated with Hutchens Chevrolet.
John attended Abingdon Episcopal Church where he served in numerous capacities – as senior warden three times, church trustee and sang with the choir one Christmas until they started hiding the practices from him. He taught the largest teen Sunday School class on record because he recruited two friends to assist them and forced all their respective children to attend. He was known for making ham biscuits for church functions. John's greatest gift was one of friendship often accompanied by his wonderful homemade bread. John was involved at many levels in Boys Scouts of America from serving as the Troop Leader of his son's troop to receiving the Order of the Silver Beaver. He helped found the Gloucester-Mathews Free Clinic. More significantly John attended every wrestling match, football and soccer game in which his sons ever played.
John is survived by his wife of forty years Margaret ("Peggy") Runnels Bowditch and his son Sherwood Hornsby Bowditch, his brothers David Bowditch and wife Rene of Williamsburg and Gloucester Point and Phillip Bowditch and wife Lee of Newport News, his sister-in-law Catherine ("Kay") Runnels Merril and her husband Steve of Clifton. His son Leland Coffey Bowditch predeceased him. He delighted in his numerous nieces and nephews and his godchildren, whom he adored.
Funeral services officiated by the Reverend Sven L. vanBaars and the Reverend Anne Hodges-Copple will be held 4:00 p.m. Monday, March 5, 2012 at Abingdon Episcopal Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
In John's memory contributions may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Gloucester, 7066 Hayes Shopping Center, Hayes, Virginia 23072 and Abingdon Episcopal Church, P. O. Box 82, White Marsh, Virginia 23183.
Arrangements by Hogg Funeral Home and Crematory, Gloucester Point.