October 23, 2018

Reginald I. “Reggie” Mowry, Jr.

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Reginald I. “Reggie” Mowry, Jr. of Seekonk, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away Sunday May 20, 2018 at the age of 86.

Born in Providence, Reggie was a son of the late Reginald I. and Isabelle A. (Perkins) Mowry, Sr. He was married to his wife Helen J. (Canning) Mowry for 60 years, with whom he had four children.

Reggie was known for being hardworking and dependable, serving his country and community in numerous roles throughout his life. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War as well as a letter carrier in Seekonk for the United States Postal service for over 30 years. He worked as a Seekonk Call firefighter for 44 years and a Seekonk Special Police Officer for 40. Additionally, he served at Seekonk Congregational Church as a past deacon and was a Master Mason for over 50 years, a tradition his sons now continue.

As beloved as Reggie was in the Seekonk community, he was even more so at home. He was known among his family as a quick-witted jokester who almost always had a smile on his face and often laughed so hard that tears ran down his cheeks. His home was a gathering place where his family often congregated to play cards, share meals, and of course, laugh. Though he held many designations throughout his life, husband, dad, and "gramps" were his favorites.

In addition to his wife he leaves one daughter, Donna Wilkinson and her husband Ronald of East Providence, three sons, Richard Mowry and Martha of North Kingstown, Ronald Mowry and his wife Lori of Coventry and Thomas Mowry and his wife Lynn of Seekonk. He also leaves eight grandchildren: Matthew, Adam, Lindsey, Ryan, Katelyn, Elizabeth, Christina and Nicole as well as four great grandchildren, Brett, Nathaniel, Chase and Samuel. He is also survived by two brothers, Roger and David Mowry, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late John Mowry and Eleanor Drapeau.

Reggie's funeral will be held on Saturday May 26, 2018 at 10:00 AM in the Seekonk Congregational Church, 600 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk. Burial will be private. Calling hours will be held on Friday May 25, 2018 from 4-7 PM in the PERRY-MCSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Seekonk Congregational Church.

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