William Race Dowling Sr.
DOWLING-William Race, Sr. "Bill". Born May 9, 1927 in Mineola, New York, the son of the late James and Wilhemina (Grempel) Dowling, died peacefully March 6, 2005 at his residence in Weyer's Cave, Virginia.
Bill Dowling is survived by his wife of 56 years, Margaret Jane "Peggy" Dowling, his three sons, William Race, Jr., James Troy and Adam Price Dowling, their wives Joyce, Cindy and Maria, and his seven grandchildren, Maia, Trevor, Justin, Joanna, Megan, Travis and Tyler Dowling.
Bill Dowling was a varsity football star at his high school in Freeport, NY, until he enlisted in the Navy during World War II. He served on the submarine USS Bergall until the end of the war upon which he married Margaret.
He joined the Operating Engineers Union Local 138 working as a heavy equipment operator on Long Island. He raised his family in Seaford, NY. After retiring, he moved to Weyer's Cave.
Although he never chose to attain the credentials, Bill Dowling was in large degree an intellectual. His favorite subject was the Civil War. He never disliked anyone, nor acquired any enemies. He was always your friend, companion and there for you. He believed that you live on by the life you lead and the affect you have on those you leave behind.
Memorial Service will be at Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church in Camp Springs, Maryland on April 2, 2005.
(Appeared in Newsday March 9, 2005)