STEPHEN JAMES DOWELL
Stephen James Dowell, father to Shane (Chiara) and Thomas, grandfather to Bothilde and Una, husband to Valoree, Mr. Steve to all the neighbor kids, and longtime friend of a fortunate few, has passed from earthly life. He began his star-spangled journey to Heaven, guided by the endless prayers of his family, friends and neighbors on November 25, 2014. Steve was born in San Francisco on October 12, 1949, spent his adult life in Seattle, Washington and retired to Ave Maria, Florida, where cancer won a hard-fought battle. He loved his sons and granddaughters most of all, but still had room in his heart to appreciate a fine tee shot, homemade cherry pie, San Marco Island, Raymond Chandler, cold beer on a hot day, geraniums under sculpted shrubbery, the 49ers and German engineering. Steve served in the United States Navy, graduated from the University of Utah, and was an accomplished salesman. Thanks to the blessed neighbors in Ave Maria who graciously made room in their hearts for him and cared for him to his very last breath. Funeral Mass at the Ave Maria Oratory Friday December 5, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.