Bob Bowen, known to his family as Roger, passed away on 28th April 2022 at the grand age of 95 years old. His first job when he was 14, was working for his Grandfather and Father at their Shipping Agent’s firm, C.P. Bowen and Sons from their offices at the end of Gravesend’s Royal Terrace Pier, detailing the comings and goings of vessels on the River Thames. He was enlisted into the army and served with the Royal Signals regiment, eventually becoming his Commanding Officer’s batman and driver. On leave, he met his wife Patricia and they were happily married for 67 years until her death in 2017.
Bob eventually left the river and began a career in sea shipping. He worked for Glen Line, P&O and lived in Hong Kong for over 2 years working for their agents, Mackinnon and Mackenzie. He then went on to work for OCL in their London Offices and finally at Barking, Essex.
After his retirement Bob kept in touch with many of his former colleagues and this led to him being a founder member of the Special Containers Active Retirement Association (SCARA). He never missed their annual get-togethers to share old memories and funny stories. He leaves two children and four grandchildren who will miss him greatly.