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76 Prospect Street
Rockville-Vernon, CT 06066
Phone: (860) 875-5490
Fax: (860) 872-8200
James Rowley, Jr.

James T. Rowley, Jr.

Sunday, April 18th, 1943 - Tuesday, May 21st, 2019
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James T. Rowley Jr. of Coventry, CT passed away Tuesday, May 21 from complications due to COPD at St. Francis Hospital. He was 76 years of age. James was pre-deceased by his father, James T. Rowley of Woodbury, CT, his mother, Mary F. Hynes of Brooklyn, NY, and his son, Daniel E. Rowley of Coventry, CT. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Diane A. Rowley (MacPherson) of Coventry, CT, his son and daughter-in-law, James P. and Regan Rowley of Willington, CT, and his grandchildren Phineas and Evelyn Rowley.

James was born and raised in Coventry, CT and graduated from Windham High School in 1961. While he excelled at all sports, swimming was his passion. He set school swimming records that lasted for decades and was the New England Champion in the 50 Freestyle in 1961. His hopes of making the National Swim Team came to an end when he was hospitalized due to illness in 1963. After attending Dean College, James enlisted in the Army in 1964. He went through basic training at Fort Dix, NJ and was then stationed at Ft. Leonardwood, MO. He was selected as the Honor Graduate of his class, where he showed outstanding proficiency in engineering and marksmanship, and was selected to attend NCO School. After being Honorably Discharged in 1968, James joined the Army National Guard in 1972 where he served as a Staff Sergeant until his retirement in 1992.

Professionally, James was a builder and a truck driver. He, and his lifelong best friend and business partner, Ernest Brigham, also of Coventry, CT., built dozens of homes in Coventry. Though the housing market crashed in the early 1990s, James was very proud of the nearly 50 homes that he had built in Northeastern CT.

As proud as James was of his military service, and the homes that he had built, there was nothing he was more proud of than his marriage to Diane. Married in 1966, there was never a man who loved, and needed his partner more than James. Throughout their 53 years together, there was never a moment when he did not want her by his side. Together they raised two sons and experienced the joy of becoming grandparents. Though the last few years of his life with COPD were a struggle, James and Diane loved traveling together. Among their favorite destinations were Lake George, NY, Old Orchard Beach, ME, the Grand Canyon, and virtually anywhere in New Hampshire and Florida.

James will be remembered as a loving husband, a caring father, father-in-law and grandfather, an exceptional friend, an avid fan of law dramas and English mysteries, NASCAR and one who would never refuse a “hook”. You will be missed. In lieu of flowers, James requested that donations be made to the Coventry Volunteer Fire Department who were so incredibly helpful and supportive over the last few years. Checks may be made out to Town of Coventry Fire & EMS Department and sent to Coventry Fire & EMS, 1712 Main St. Coventry, CT 06238. Relatives and friends may join the family on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at the Coventry-Pietras Funeral Home, 2665 Boston Tpke (Rt. 44), Coventry from 5-7 pm with a memorial service to follow at 7 pm. For online condolences, please visit www.pietrasfuneralhome.com
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 30th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Thursday, May 30th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Coventry - Pietras Funeral Home
    Address
    2665 Boston Turnpike
    Coventry 06238
  • Service

    Thursday, May 30th, 2019 | 7:00pm
    When
    Thursday, May 30th, 2019 7:00pm
    Location
    Coventry - Pietras Funeral Home
    Address
    2665 Boston Turnpike
    Coventry 06238

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David Pelletier

Posted at 05:42pm
To the Rowley family- On behalf of myself, and Patrick Riel of the Connecticut ARNG 169th IN (1948-1954) we extend our sincerest condolences on the recent passing of your husband, father, relative and friend to many near and far, SSG JAMES ROWLEY, USA (CTARNG)(Ret). I met Jim for several years annually at the 169 IN/248 ENGR alumnus picnic held each year in Connecticut and was a pleasurable man of humbility and solid in character. I was informed of his passing and wanted to acknowledge this sorrowful time in your lives. May Jim's service to his family, community and nation be not forgotten. Respectfully submitted- David Pelletier, SMSgt, USAF (AFRES)(Ret) Philadelphia, PA Formerly RIARNG (1988-1994)
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Joram Echeles

Posted at 09:07am
Diane - I want to extend to you my most heartfelt sorrow and condolences. You and your family will be in my thoughts. Joram
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lori

Posted at 12:19pm
Diane and Family, So deeply sorry for your loss. May god wrapped his loving arms around you and help you this difficult time. Know that physically he may not be with you, his spirit will be there right beside you and he will live on through you. God Bless All of you. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you. Love, Lori, Craig & Stephanie(peach) Robbins

Diane Donovan

Posted at 07:59am
I graduated with Jim, in 1961, and had an opportunity to talk with him and his lovely wife Diane at our 50th reunion. Such a nice man and a lovely couple. My sincere sympathy to his family may he rest in peace. Sincerely Diane Keefe Donovan
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Henry

Posted at 06:36am
Please accept my condolences for the passing of James. There is hope though, as the Almighty has arranged for the resurrection in the future. He promises, "... There is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous." (Acts 24:15) I hope you find these few words comforting and provide motivation to prepare for the new world of God's making. (John 17:3)
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