January 30, 2024
He was born on December 26, 1946, to Gordon W. Rowland and Margaret A. (Finley) Rowland and was the oldest of three children. David attended Boone Street and Watertown High Schools.
He enjoyed activities such as stock cars, watching the Evans Mills races, and following the Buffalo Bills and Watertown Red and Black football teams. He also played drums in a few local bands, including the Viscounts and The Ray John Band. David had a deep love for cats and dogs; you could always count on him to have pets that were loved and spoiled. Mr. Rowland held several jobs but eventually started, owned, and operated the Waterbed and Mattress Discount Store in Watertown, NY, for many years until he sold the business to retire. He had two marriages that ended in divorce.
He is survived by his daughter, Hillary Rowland; two grandsons, Riley and Logan Collins; his sister, Anne (Rowland) Wright and her husband Scott; his brother, Philip Rowland and his wife Tracy; two nieces; two nephews; several great, as well as great-great, nieces and nephews; many wonderful friends; and his faithful buddy, Junior the cat. He is predeceased by his parents.
Cummings Funeral Service, Inc. is handling all arrangements, and online condolences to David's family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. There will be no calling hours or funeral services. Instead, at the convenience of the family, there will be a Celebration of Life at a later date. In lieu of flowers or cards, please consider making a donation, in David’s name, to the SPCA of Jefferson County, 25056 Water St., Watertown, NY 13601, to honor his love of animals.