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BOWMAN, The Rt. Rev. David C.
BOWMAN - The Rt. Rev. David C. Assisting Episcopal Bishop of Ohio, former Bishop of Western New York. David C. Bowman, 82, Assisting Bishop of Ohio. The Rt. Rev. David C. Bowman, Ninth Bishop of Western New York and Assisting Bishop of Ohio, died on July 10, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, at age 82, shortly following a stroke. Elected bishop coadjutor in May 1986, Bowman was consecrated on September 14 of the same year and became diocesan in September 1987 upon the retirement of Bishop Harold Robinson. Born on November 15, 1932 in Oil City, PA, Bishop Bowman was raised in Canton, OH where he attended Canton Lincoln High School, and graduated from Ohio University in 1955. After serving three years in the U.S. Army, he attended the Virginia Theological Seminary, where he earned a Masters of Divinity in 1960. He was ordained to the diaconate in June and to the priesthood in December of that year. From 1960 to 1963, he served as Assistant Rector at the Church of the Epiphany in Euclid, OH, where he met his wife, Nancy. He was then Vicar of St. Andrew's in North Grafton, MA from 1963 to 1966; Rector of St. Andrew's Church in Canfield, OH from 1967 to 1973; Rector of St. James' Church, Painesville, OH from 1973 to 1980; and Rector of Trinity Church in Toledo, OH from 1980 to 1986, from where he was elected Bishop of Western New York. Bowman's preferred crozier, a simple wooden staff, revealed much about the man. He was unpretentious, humble and deeply committed to his flock. He spoke often of the spiritual journey having both an inward and outward path and care for others as Jesus did. An outcome of this focus was the companion diocese relationship Western New York shared with the Diocese of Machakos in Kenya. Inspired by the ecumenical work of Bishop Brent, Bowman maintained strong ecumenical ties at the local level. He took an active role in the Buffalo area Metropolitan Ministries and helped lead this organization to a merger with the Buffalo area Council of Churches. Under Bowman's leadership, the Diocese of Western New York became one of the first dioceses nationwide to address the issue of sexual misconduct within the church, publishing written policies and procedures in 1994. During his episcopacy, Bowman served on the boards of Buffalo's Episcopal Church Home and Affiliates and Compass House, a shelter for runaway teens. Nationally he served on The Episcopal Church's Program, Budget and Finance Committee for nine years and represented that committee on TEC's audit Committee. While vice chair of the House of Bishop's Planning Committee, he assisted in planning a historic joint meeting of the Episcopal House of Bishops and the Lutheran Conference of Bishops. He also served a term on the General Board of Examining Chaplains. Upon his retirement in 1999, the Bowmans moved to Shaker Heights, OH where he served for a year as Interim Dean of Trinity Cathedral, followed by a year as Interim Bishop of Central New York, while that diocese moved through the process to elect a new bishop. In 2003, he served a year as Assisting Bishop of Ohio, after which was the interim Dean and President of Seabury Western Seminary in Evanston, IL. For the last ten years, he has served actively as one of the Assisting Bishops of the Diocese of Ohio. Bishop Bowman spent summers in Rangeley, ME, at the family's lakeside camp, where he loved to sail, play tennis, and play the banjo and string bass. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Lou Betts Bowman, whom he married in 1962, and their three children, Ann of Cleveland, OH, William (Georgine) of Cincinnati, OH, and Sarah Bowman Workman (Jason) of Cleveland, OH, as well as two granddaughters, Abigail Bowman and Lucy Workman, and his brother, Richard (Carol) of Boulder, CO. Burial service and reception will be held on Saturday, July 18, at 1 PM, at Trinity Cathedral, 2230 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. OH 44115 (parking lot available on Prospect Ave). Memorial contributions may be made to Episcopal Relief and Development, P.O. Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058 (www.episcopalrelief.org ), and the Church of the Good Shepherd, 2614 Main Street, Rangeley, ME 04970. Arrangements by JOHNSON-ROMITO FUNERAL HOME. Bedford, OH 440-232-1441.