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Thomas R. Bowling Jr., 72, of Sykesville

Thomas Rafael Bowling Jr., 72, of Sykesville, died Sunday, April, 14, 2013, at the Dove House in Westminster.

Born Jan. 21, 1941, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Thomas Rafael Bowling Sr. and Corrine Esterle Bowling. He was the husband of Patricia Ellen Sowers Bowling, his wife of 46 years.

He was a battalion chief for Baltimore County Fire Department, and was a co-owner of Bay Apparel Silk Screening and Embroidery. He was an active member of H.O.G. (Harley Owners Group), and collected fire antiques. He was a veteran of the Air Force.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a sons and daughter-in-law James Thomas Bowling, of Sykesville, and Paul Andrew and Tammy Bowling, of Thurmont; a daughter, Shelley Jean Bowling, of Sykesville; grandchildren Haleigh and Mason Bowling, of Thurmont; sisters Bonnie Nater and Emily "Mollie" Saia; and brothers Glen "Skip" Bowling and Harry "Stubby" Bowling.

He was predeceased by a sister, Corinne Bowling.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Burrier-Queen Funeral Home and Crematory, 1212 W. Old Liberty Road, Winfield.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Michaels Poplar Springs, 1200 St. Michael Lane, Mount Airy. Interment will be in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Dove House, 292 Stoner Ave. Westminster, MD 21157; or MD Special Olympics, 546 Willow Ave., Westminster, MD 21157.

Online condolences may be offered at http://www.burrier-queen.com.

Sign this guest book online at http://www.carrollcountytimes.com.

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