David Rupert Fowler

November 2, 2018


David Rupert Fowler passed peacefully away surrounded by his family at the Health Science Centre in St. John’s on Friday November 2, 2018, at the age of 73 years. Dave was a loving husband, father, grandfather, entrepreneur, teacher, and mentor to many. Predeceased by his parents Joseph and Sadie, his brothers Ron and Noel, sister Margaret (Carrigan), and his brother-in-law Bill Power. He will always be lovingly remembered and missed by his wife of 47 years Anne Marie (Power), his three sons Stephen (Carrie), Joseph (Kathryn), Daniel (Amy), his daughter Catherine, and his eight wonderful grandchildren Kyle, Cecilia, William, Paige, Evelyn, Alex, Benjamin, and Vivienne. Also mourning Dave’s loss are his brothers Frank (Patty), Cy (Donna), his sister Barbara (Roger Greenwood), brother-in-law Ron Carrigan, sister-in-law Irina, brothers-in-law Charlie (Carol) Power, Rick (Pat) Power, John Power, Chris (Cheryl) Power, Bob (Debbie) Power, sisters-in-law Margaret (Rod) Buchanan and Linda Fong, very special friends Terry and Suzanne Stack and their children Andrea, Jonathan, & Katie (Power). Also left to mourn are many nephews and nieces, fellow members of the Rotary Club of St. John’s Northwest, and many past and present friends and colleagues.

A very special thank you to the Hematology team and the wonderful caring nurses of 4 North A at the Health Science Centre.

Visitation will take place at Carnell’s Funeral Home on Freshwater Road Monday and Tuesday, from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist on Military Road on Wednesday at 9:30 am with interment to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Flowers gratefully accepted or donations in his memory may be made to The Rotary Foundation.



2-4 p.m. on November 5, 2018

7-9 p.m. on November 5, 2018

2-4 p.m. on November 6, 2018

7-9 p.m. on November 6, 2018

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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9:30am, Wednesday November 7th

Basilica of St. John the Baptist


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Dave taught me in grade 10 at Rice. He was a great teacher and I am pleased to say I followed in his footsteps and became a teacher as well. RIP

Anne Marie, with the family of you and Dave,

Dependable, generous, authentic, accepting, collegial and fun to know: Dave.

In New Jersey, New York, Newfoundland and cross-country collaboration, it has been wonderful to experience Dave’s presence in my life since 1963. At Brother Rice High School, where school spirit was still minimal after the shift system and student strike, Dave played a vital role, largely behind the scenes, in the restoration to such a vibrant school again. Four decades later, Dave played a vital role in turning a no-interest reunion concept into a four-day gathering in New York State, where you two and I and about forty others shared so much happiness, which we bottled in a twenty-page booklet Dave published.

I’ve gone beyond generalities because Dave was such a doer who made actual things happen, with so much impact on our lives.

With condolences and gratefulness,

So sorry to hear about David’s passing. He was such a fun loving, caring person. My husband and I got to know him attending different Print Three conferences. May he rest in peace now . Sending our sympathies to the family

Anne Marie and Family
So very sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.

Mrs. Fowler & Family:
I lived in New Rochelle, NY with Dave back in
1966. We became friends and I continued to stay
in touch for a number of years. My prayers and
thoughts are with you and Dave will be remembered
in my mass and prayers.
Br. A. Eugenio De Lorenzo

So sorry for your great loss. Dave’s wonderful smile will be sadly missed.

Anne Marie and Family,
Dave was a great educator, I was lucky enough to have him as a teacher at Br. Rice. Years later I was again fortunate to run into Dave as a business man. True to his word, he always delivered on time and did excellent work. In talking to him and remembering the school days we had many a laugh and many a good thought. I was surprised to read the paper tonight and see that Dave had passed away. I am so sorry to you as a family and to lose a great husband, father and grandfather. Dave may you Rest In Peace, your job is done here.

Anne Marie and Family:

Marie and I were saddened to hear the news that Dave had lost his battle with cancer. We would like to offer you our heartfelt condolences.

When we think of Dave, we are brought back to the many good times we shared both professionally and personally. Dave was such a talented person and always willing to share his gifts with others. He was kind, generous, an incredible teacher with a great sense of humour, who appreciated the need to celebrate; he was the life of the party.

His work ethic was second to none. When he took on a task, it was always completed to the best of his ability. Only his family would know the countless hours that he gave to Br. Rice to ensure that yearbooks and newspapers were printed.

Dave is an old friend; even though we have not seen each other for a while, when we met it was like we had always been in each other’s company.

Anne Marie, Dave was one of the good guys, a great man. He will be missed.

Larry and Marie

Ann Marie & Family, Frank, Cy, Barb and Families
We are so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. We will always remember his firm handshake and warm smile – made one feel like the most important person in the room.
Dave was great at family gatherings and a complete professional at Print 3.
We are out of Province and pass on our sincere condolences as you go through this most difficult time. Our hope is that the thoughts and warm wishes of friends will help.
Herb and Nora

Anne Marie, though we’ve not met in recent years know that you, Dave and family have been very much in my thoughts and prayers over the past couple of months, along with a flood of fond memories of my younger years, working alongside Dave, going way back to our Iona days to teaching at Br. Rice … off-set printing presses, cameras, darkrooms, photography, school publications … Dave was such a talented, generous and gifted man whom I thought could do or fix anything, an extraordinary human being who brought joy, life and energy to so many … he left us much too soon and will be dearly missed …let the good times and good memories of your life with Dave sustain and strengthen you and Stephen, Joseph, Daniel and Catherine in the months and years ahead. Rest in peace my brother. Br. John Holden, Mongu, Zambia

I am deeply saddened by the news of Dave’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Anne Marie and family, I express deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you…

Annmarie and Family,
My deepest sympathy to you and Family. Dave’s smile and positive outlook on life will always be remembered.
You are in my heart and mind.
Irina Fowler Bialetskaia

To the Fowler Family,
We are so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing.
Such a nice man, always so friendly.
Our condolences from Joe & Esther Azoulay,
Mair Azoulay and all our staff.

Esther Azoulay

Annmarie and Family
So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this time. Dave always had a story to tell which always bought a smile. Great memories. Rest In Peace Dave

God bless David a dear first cousin of mine. We spent time together in our teen years in St. John’s, and in air cadets over the years. My deepest condolences to Anne Marie and the Fowler family, and to all those dear to him. He will be sadly missed.

Leo P. Nolan

To Anne Marie and family : We are sorry to hear of Dave’s passing . Dave was a friend since grade one . We met Anne Marie in the 1980’s when Stephen and Joey played minor hockey with our sons.
. We are presently out of the province and wish to offer our condolences . Bill and Gerri Sinnott

To The Fowler Family,
I’m sorry to hear about your loss. We are sharing your sadness as you remember Dave.. We extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Very sorry to heat of Dave’s passing. Have wonderful memories of his days as a teacher in Grand Falls, his music and good nature especially. And his students loved him as well. Deepest condolences to Anne Marie and family.

To the Fowler family,
Very sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. I had the pleasure many years ago of attending St. Bon’s with Dave and previous to that with Cyril and sang in the Pius X choir with two of the Fowler ladies, and knew most of the other family members, as well over the years……all wonderful people. I know David will be sorely missed by all relatives and friends.
My heartfelt condolences to all.
Howie Fahey

Anne Marie:

Dave was truly one of the nicest, most respectful, down to earth gentlemen that I have ever had the pleasure to meet. I also enjoyed his wry sense of humour…this was indeed very endearing. I feel great sadness for you, Daniel and the rest of your family. Though it is not much, I offer you my sincerest condolences and prayers. I wish you all the very best as you deal with these tough circumstances. All the best to you all.

To the Fowler Family.
I was so very sad to hear of Dave’s passing. I have great memories of Dave during my time working for Frank over the years. He was a ray of light wherever he went. Always with a smile on his face and a joke to share. Hold all the wonderful memories which I know you have of Dave close to your heart. Rest in peace.

Dear Anne Marie: Please accept our most sincere sympathies and convey them to your family. May God bless Dave’s soul and may he rest in peace. At these times of sadness there is strength to be found in long standing friendships and the memories of your life with Dave. He lived an exemplary life and it was our privilege to have known him. Brian and Claudia Shortall

Anne Marie and Family,,
Vera and I, and family are truly saddened by Dave’s
passing. We all have so many great memories of our weekends at the cabin with you, Dave, and your whole family. Dave was always a willing, helpful hand, a Mr. Fix-It at anything that needed his many skills. We will truly miss all our times with him at the many get-togethers throughout our many years of friendship. His big welcoming smile will never be forgotten.
Our sincere condolences to you all at this sad time.

Jerry, Vera and Family

I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. I worked with Dave in the print shop & always found him to be true leader. I truly enjoyed my time working with him, Dan & Ann Marie.

Steve, our sincere condolences to you and your family. I didn’t know your Dad but he must have been a great man – apples don’t fall far from trees and I’ve always considered you a trusted friend and dedicated father. Presumably traits he displayed to you through the years. Our thoughts are with you and we hope you take comfort in the lasting memories of time spent with your Dad.

My sincere condolences to you and your family, Cathy. Thinking of you…
Christine xo

Anne Marie and family, Frank and extended Fowler family. I know you have wonderful memories of a kind, friendly and fun-loving husband, father, and brother. I pray they sustain you in the days ahead.

Anne Marie and family
We are so very sorry for your loss. We have known Dave through Northwest Rotary for some eighteen years. His big heart, big smile and big humour are ledendary. He surely was a True Rotarian. We will miss him dearly.
We are sorry to miss his service, however we are away for several weeks.
Shelley Smith and Carman Carroll

As I read this obituary, there are feelings of sadness and gratitude. I was a fortunate teenager who had Mr. Fowler as my homeroom teacher in the mid 70’s. Mr. Fowler gave me encouragement and helped me to believe that I was capable of anything. A kind and gentle man with a genuine kindness that I have remembered all my life. Thank you Mr. Fowler (Dave), you made a big impression on me. To the family of this wonderful man, my sincere condolences. Glenn Cleary Winnipeg, Manitoba

Anne Marie, Dan and family, I am deeply sorry to hear of Dave’s passing this morning. My heart breaks for you all. He will be deeply missed.

Anne Marie and family
So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. His perseverance through his illness was symbolic of how he lived his life, and your dedication and companionship to him certainly boosted his morale these past few months. I will never forget his humor and stories. My thoughts are with you.

Sincere sympathy to Anne Marie and family on the loss of a great man, a true gentleman. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.
RIP Dave, your suffering is over.
Nina and Phil

The Fowler Family
Although we haven’t been around for the past 2 weeks you have been in our thoughts constantly . We will truly miss our times with Dave and family at the cabin and for various celebrations . As others have said he was always there willing to lend a helping hand and you his children are carrying on his legacy..
Linda and Bob G

I haven’t seen Dave in almost sixty years, and was saddened to hear of his passing. In high school (St. Bon’s) we played in a band called the Starlites with Greg and Ted Rice, Jim Prowse, and John Goosney. I’ll always remember Dave on the trumpet and his bent-note intro to the song “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White”. We had such fun playing for weddings, dances, and in local night clubs (although I think most of us were underage.) I tried to add an old newspaper clipping (The Evening Telegram} here of the youthful us, but wasn’t able to paste it. Dave was a great guy and, in those days before he entered the priesthood, a real “chick magnet”! My condolences to his family, relatives, and friends.

You will be missed BIG TIME, Dave ! RIP, my friend! Our thoughts and prayers as with your family ! Love Tina Taylor

So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. I will always remember his smile and infectious positive attitude. My condolences to Anne Marie and family.

Dear Anne Marie,
Shyam and I were so sorry to hear about Dave’s passing. We so enjoyed spending time with you both at your annual Christmas party and the warm welcome we received from Dave. We will always remember his great laugh and warm hugs as we walked in the door. Thinking of you in this difficult time.

Dave exemplified the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self”. His big heart touched so many and his smile lit up a room. He will be missed dearly.

Ann-Marie and family, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Although I did not know Dave, I do remember him from when I babysat for you a few times as a teenager. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this stressful time! God Bless!

Miss you, David. Glad I was able to meet you once again at our group’s reunion in 2012. I will remember always the awesome bell tower you built in South Kortright, NY many years ago when we were much younger. Rest in peace, David Fowler..

Anne, Dan and family

Devastated on Dave’s passing. I have s tremendous amount of respect for him as a person and as a business man! He will be greatly missed! Tracey

Dick & Gloria Coombs

To Ann Marie & Family……..so Saddened to learn of Dave’s passing. A good man taken too early, but his memories will remain with us forever. Fond thoughts of happy days at Rice, seeing our kids grow into adulthood & music and laughter throughout.
Thinking of you & yours. May God bless and speed Dave to his heavenly reward. RIP good friend!!!!!!!

Ann Marie and family, so sorry for your loss, David was always quick with his smile and his “hearty” laugh, he will be missed. Thinking of you at this time. Tom and Cathy Healy

So sorry for your loss. Dave was a wonderful guy who would help anyone in need. my condolences. Gerard

Dear Anne Marie, Cathy and the boys,
We are so sorry for your loss of a great husband , father and grandfather. We wish to say thank you to Dave and to you all for the support you gave to The Celtic Fiddlers over the past 25 years.
God bless and happy memories always of a dear man,
Korona Brophy and The Celtic Fiddlers

The Parobla Dance

Dear Anne Marie and family:
Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this time and may you keep Dave’s memory close to your hearts. Gone but not forgotten. Rest In Peace, Dave and God bless the Fowler family!

Sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. Sure he will be missed by family & friends.