LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — Lake Ronkonkoma has lost one of its heroes. Ronkonkoma Fire Department Ex-Chief & Ex-Commissioner Everett “Buck” Bowers died at the age of 85 on Jan. 12.
The Lake Ronkonkoma community gathered this week to celebrate Ex-Chief & Ex-Commissioner Bowers’ life and significant contributions to the community. He was a 67-year-member of the fire department.
Viewing services, reception and firematic service were held Friday, Jan. 17, at Moloney Lake Funeral Home on Ronkonkoma Avenue in Lake Ronkonkoma.
The funeral service followed by interment took place Saturday, Jan. 18, at Lake Ronkonkoma Cemetery near the Five Corners on Hawkins Avenue in Lake Grove.
OnSachem presents two special features in honor of Ex-Chief & Ex-Commissioner Bowers: A historical look back at the fire department’s memorial and the full obituary.
Ronkonkoma Fire Department Memorial
By Matthew Balkam - Member, Ronkonkoma Fire Department and Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society
With the formation of the Ronkonkoma Hook & Ladder Co. #1 in 1904, there was a need to notify the members of a fire. They used a locomotive tire ring, hung from a locust tree, at the corner of Hawkins Ave and Farm to Market Road.
With the advancement of technology and the move into the new fire house, the ring was no longer needed.
They moved it to the east side of the fire house. When the current fire house was built in 1977, it became the center piece of the memorial.
Today it used to announce the passing of department members.
This week the department announced the passing of 67 year member and ex-chief and former commissioner Everett Bowers.
Obituary for Everett "Buck" Robert Bowers
On January 12, 2020, Everett “Buck” Robert Bowers, loving husband and father of four passed away at the age of 85 in Palm Coast, Florida.
Buck was born on April 25, 1934 in Lake Ronkonkoma, New York to Everett William Bowers and Florence Stephens Bowers. Buck was an active member of the Ronkonkoma Fire Department starting in 1952. He was Fire Chief from 1962-1966; Commissioner from 1966-1970; and Deputy Fire Coordinator from 1966-1970. Buck then moved to upstate New York in 1970, where he settled and raised his family in South Cairo, New York. Buck was a builder by trade and ran a successful business for 30 years until his retirement in 1991.
After his retirement in 1991, Buck moved to Perry, Florida, where he continued his passion for hunting, by raising, training and running his foxhounds. In 2002, Buck relocated to Palm Coast, Florida, to be closer to his family. This is where he spent the rest of his retirement. While in Palm Coast, Buck followed his other passion for motorcycles. He was a chartered member of the Red Nights Motorcycle Club, and enjoyed his rides with his family and friends.
Buck was predeceased by his parents, Everett and Florence and by his son, Everett William (Billy) Bowers and grandson, Austin Ray. Buck is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Maureen, his three children, Lauri (Jimbo) Rumph, Robert (Faith) Bowers, and Valerie Bennett, grandchildren, Michael, Jesse, Jayme, Courtney, Bryan, Brandee, and Skylar and 11 great grandchildren. Buck is also survived by his siblings, Betty Limov, Arnold, Jerry, and Alan Bowers. Buck was a loving, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be greatly missed.
Viewing services, reception and a firematic service were held on Friday, January 17, 2020. On Saturday, January 18, 2020, funeral service was held followed by interment at Ronkonkoma Cemetery. All services were held at Moloney Lake Funeral Home, 132 Ronkonkoma Avenue, Lake Ronkonkoma, NY 11779.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Buck’s memory can be made to the FASNY Fireman’s Home, 125 Harry Howard Avenue, Attention: Activities, Hudson, NY 12534.