Claude Bernard Bowyer II, 67, died on May 6, 2010, of complications from injuries suffered in an automobile accident near his home on Fort Myers Beach, Florida.
Claude attended Gilman School in Baltimore and completed the last years of his secondary school years at City College. He earned a B.A. in Social Science from the University of Baltimore, where he was President of the Social Science Club and active in the Students Coalition for Peace. He went on to earn a Masters of Social Work from the University of Maryland and was active in his graduate days in the student government.
Though an heir to the Schmidt Baking Company in Baltimore, he felt an attraction to social work, supervising a group home for the developmentally disabled, providing one-to-one counseling to individuals and families dealing with HIV+, and was a community worker in housing rehab and alcoholics anonymous. His father was a fifth generation doctor so medicine was familiar territory. He often referred to his years as a geriatric social worker in Baltimore and once he moved to Florida, worked as a medical social worker in Fort Myers.
Claude Bernard Bowyer II
Claude loved the Beach. He moved to the Beach in 1996, purchasing his house on the beach front in 2000. Favorite quotes of his include "At the Beach, just another day in paradise!" or "The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever." Claude treasured living on the Beach as a plaque on his home reads "A waterfront view is not a matter of life or death. It is much more important than that." Active on the Board of Directors of the Beach Library, he was excited about the upcoming expansion of the library. He cared about the Town of Fort Myers Beach, serving on the Town Charter Committee, Bay Oaks Recreation Center, the Senior Club, Matanzas Pass and the Beach Art Association.
He is survived by his sister Mary Louise Bowyer Dawson and his brother Charles H. Bowyer, both of Baltimore, and by ten nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Katherine Stuart Bowyer Baldecchi and his brothers, Douglas Painter Bowyer and Thomas Stuart Bowyer, Jr.
We've come to enjoy seeing Claude's presence in the many varied activities on the Beach. "Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone." He will be missed and remembered long after his footprints are no longer seen.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of the Fort Myers Beach Library, 2755 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931.