Peabody, MA — Ralph Robert “Grampy” Bowen, 89, of Peabody, passed away Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Essex Park, Beverly, Mass. He was born on July 5, 1924, in Mochias, Maine, to Ralph and Alice Bowen. He was beloved by his late wife, Irene (Craveiro) Bowen, who died in July 1999, and her children, Arthur Craveiro and his wife, Sandra, the late Leonard Craveiro, Ronald Craveiro and his wife, Nancy, Brian Craveiro and his wife, Eileen, Dennis Craveiro and his wife, Elizabeth, Diane White and her husband, Robert, Darrell Craveiro; and 18 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. He is survived by his daughter, Marie Bowen, of California, daughter of Mary (Bisegna) Bowen. He was the brother of the late Watrous “John” Bowen of Texas, and the late Justin Bowen of Maine.
Ralph grew up on the family farm in Mochias, Maine. He joined the Navy in 1943, and served his country in WWII on the U.S.S. Boston. He was the recipient one of many awards including the World War II Victory Medal, and was discharged from the Navy in 1943, achieving the rank of Watertender Second Class. He retired from General Electric in 1985, after having worked there for over 30 years. Throughout the years, he could always be found in his garden or in “the clubhouse” with his son-in-law “Bobby.” He was everyone’s “Grampy,” concerned for perfect strangers, giving a tip to the cashier at McDonalds because, “she doesn’t make a lot of money.” He saw everyone as his grandkids, treating them as such, enjoying showing off his “severed thumb trick” to anyone who needed a laugh. Even in the end, when he had a hard time remembering his family that he lived with for over 10 years, he knew he was “Grampy,” and he will be remembered as such, “Everyone’s Grampy.”
ARRANGEMENTS: A visitation will be held at the Mackey Funeral Home, 22 Conant St, Danvers, on Wednesday, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m., in St. Mary's Church, Danvers, Mass. Burial will follow at Annunciation Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, kindly make donations in Ralph's name to Operation Troop Support, 16 Trinity St., Danvers, MA 01923. To leave a condolence, please visit www.mackeyfuneralhome.com.