Robert Earl Mowry, Sr; Retired Fire Chief
Robert Earl Mowry, Sr;
Robert Earl Mowry, Sr., 99, of No. Smithfield, died peacefully at home, Friday, March 14, 2014. He was the husband of Leona C. (Godlewski) Zuba, whom he married December 29, 1995.
Robert was born and lived his entire life in No. Smithfield. He was the son of the late Walter A. and Edith (Pennell) Mowry.
Robert was a graduate of Woonsocket High School. He was a WWII Army veteran with the 363rd ORD Maintenance Company. He served in Oahu, HI, Okinawa, the Philippines and Seoul, Korea. Robert received the Good Conduct Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon and the 1945 Victory Medal. After the war, he worked for the Whitinsville Machine Company as a machinist. Robert served as the Fire Chief of the Primrose Fire Department for 22 years, retiring in 1980. After retirement, he was a volunteer and member of the Board of Directors for many years. Robert served on the No. Smithfield Town Council for eight years and the Zoning Board of Review for fifteen years. He was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corp in 1935, the Leclair-Kozlik-Logan-Bassett VFW Post 6342, and the Mt. Moriah Lodge 8 F & AM in Lincoln. Robert was a member and former president of the Rhode Island Association of Fire Chiefs and a member of the New England Association of Fire Chiefs, Rhode Island Fire Marshals Association and the New England Association of Fire Marshals.
Besides his wife Leona, he leaves his children, Cynthia Reid of Arizona, Robert E. Mowry, Jr. and Jennifer Mowry, both of North Smithfield; two stepsons, Stanley C. Zuba of No. Smithfield and Michael S. Zuba of Burrillville; five grandchildren; six step grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his siblings, Doris P., Walter A., Joseph R., Eleanor, Richmond and Emerson Mowry and Louise Keats.
His funeral, beginning with visitation at 9 AM will be held Wednesday, March 19, 2014, with a service at 10 AM in the Holt Funeral Home, 510 So. Main St., Woonsocket. Burial will follow in the RI Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Exeter. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of North Smithfield Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 653, Slatersville, RI 02876.