NORFOLK, Va. – Brian W. “Buz” Bowler, 74, of the 3500 block of Evangeline St., Norfolk, Va., formerly of Old Town, died on Friday, March 26, 2004, after a courageous battle with cancer. Mr. Bowler was born in 1930, in Millinocket. He grew up in Old Town, and graduated from Old Town High School in 1947, with honors. During his high school years, he played on the basketball, baseball, cross-country and track teams. He served in the U.S. Navy before working as the Packaging and Preservation Director of the Norfolk Naval Supply Center. He retired from the Supply Center in March 1985 after 37 years of service. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Norfolk, Va., and an honorary 45-year member of the Knights of Columbus-Kealey Council No. 3548. He had also been an active member of the Ocean View Democratic and Social Club in Norfolk since 1978. Mr. Bowler will be remembered for his leadership, great sense of humor and the love of people, the game of golf and Admirals Hockey team. Mr. Bowler was the son of the late William John Bowler and the late Beatrice Bowler Gagnon of Old Town. He was predeceased by his brother, Terry Bowler of Marlboro, Mass. He is survived by his wife, Lois Hawks Bowler of Norfolk, Va.; stepdaughter, Karen Gibson and her husband, Ronnie, of Chesapeake; and stepson, Alan Hawks of Virginia Beach, Va. He is also survived by his former wife, Mary Bowler of Palm Harbor, Fla.; and daughter, Katherine Bowler Arnaud and her husband, Clay, of Chesapeake; and sons, Brian Bowler Jr. of Norfolk, Timothy Bowler of Tortolla, BVI, and Michael Bowler of Hayes; a sister, June Whittier and her husband, Raleigh, of Old Town; five grandchildren and three step-grandchildren, Sarah Rhoten, Brian Bowler III, Mallory Arnaud, Alexandra Arnaud, Hunter Bowler, Kendyl Hawks, Noah Gibson and Luke Gibson; two nieces and one nephew, June Stephens and her husband, Ron, of Marblehead, Mass., Sally Lonko and her husband, John, of Old Town, and Michael Bowler of Marlboro, Mass. A service of remembrance will be held from 10:30-12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 3, 2004, at the Altmeyer Funeral Home Chapel, 792 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach, Va. Friends are invited to bring photographs and memories to share during the service and reception. The family will receive friends directly after the service at the funeral home. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a favorite charity. Condolence messages may be sent online at