William Alfred Fowler Jr., affectionately known as Buzz, was born on February 10th, 1958, in Amityville, New York. He was the second child of William Alfred Sr. and Shirley Fowler.
He attended Copiague High School and graduated in 1976 after which he enrolled at Farmingdale University to study heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.
He started working in his teenage years at Embassy Industries where he was employed for many years until his retirement.
In 1979 William met and fell in love with Barbara Ward. Their relationship continued for 42 years and yielded 2 children, William Arcel Sr. and Whitney Fowler. His children meant the world to him and he was always determined to provide for them and give them the life he felt they deserved. As they grew he instilled a wealth of knowledge in them and encouraged them to embrace their Native American heritage.
In later years when his grandchildren Elyssa, William Arcel Jr. and Kainan were born, his dedication to his family intensified. He loved nothing more than spending time with his family.
Buzz was a jack of all trades, a true Mr. Fixit and if he couldn’t fix it, he’d find someone that could. He enjoyed working on cars, listening to great music, gardening, cooking and grilling but his ultimate pass time was fishing. If he could have gone to sea every day, he would. Fishing has always been a tradition for the Fowler family and he was sure to pass along that passion to his children and grandchildren.
He’ll forever be remembered as an honorable man. He was easygoing, never one to complain, never impatient, smart, hardworking, selfless, generous, and witty. Anyone that knew him knows that his family meant everything to him which was evident by the relationships he kept with each family member. He was truly devoted and always tried his best to support them. His love was beyond measure. The life he lived will speak for him as his legacy lives on in his children, grandchildren and through the lives he touched.
William was preceded in death by his father William Alfred Fowler Sr.
He is survived by his mother Shirley Fowler, life partner Barbara Ward, children - William Arcel Sr. and Whitney Fowler, daughter-in-law Indira Fowler, son-in-law Christopher Thomas, grandchildren – Elyssa Mieles, William Arcel Fowler Jr. and Kainan Thomas, sisters- Francis Braunskill and Shirley Samuels, brother Bryon Fowler and host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends too many to mention.
Memories In The Heart
Feel no guilt in laughter, he knows how much you care.
Feel no sorrow in a smile that he's not here to share.
You cannot grieve forever, he would not want you to.
He'd hope that you can carry on, the way you always do.
So talk about the good times and the ways you showed you cared,
The days you spent together, all the happiness you shared.
Let memories surround you, A word someone may say.
Will suddenly recapture a time, an hour, a day,
That brings him back as clearly as though he were still here,
And fills you with the feelings that he is always near.
For if you keep these moments, you will never be apart.
And he will live forever locked safe within your heart.
The Fowler and Ward families wish to express great appreciation for the many expressions of sympathy and acts of kindness shown during our time of bereavement.