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John J. 'Jack' Rowland

July 21, 2019

John J. "Jack" Rowland, 68, of Watertown and formerly of Phoenix, AZ passed away Sunday, July 21, 2019, at Samaritan Keep Home.

Graveside services in Calvary Cemetery will be at his family's convenience. There are no calling hours or funeral services and arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown.

Jack was born in Watertown on September 2, 1950, son of the late Donald E. and Alice (Kaine) Rowland, Sr. and he was a graduate of Immaculate Heart Central School. In the 1980's he operated the Turf Club, the family business, on W. Main St., Watertown. He moved to Phoenix, AZ where he was a Union Painter for six years, then was their Union Organizer until his retirement in 2008. Jack was a proud 25 year member of A. A., Phoenix Chapter and was an avid golfer.

He is survived by his five siblings, Donald E. Rowland, Jr. and wife Gretchen, Watertown, Karen L. Rowland, St. Louis, MO, Dorothy A. Hovey and husband Michael, Sandy Creek, Gary M. Rowland, Chaumont, and Michael P. Rowland and wife Kim, Grimesland, NC, two aunts, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers donations in his name may be made to either Alzheimer's Assoc. of CNY, 441 W. Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, NY 13204 or Samaritan Keep Home 8th Floor, 133 Pratt St., Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to his family may be posted at at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#19 Midge and Jim Fraser 2019-07-28 16:43
Don, We are very sorry to hear the loss of your brother. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love, Midge and Jim
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#18 Karen Rowland 2019-07-28 06:42
I can’t thank you enough for your memories of Jack...
He was a witty person... had to be quick to catch him...
he was my best friend and brother... he will truly be missed... to Linda, Cathy, Dave and all patrons of our family business ... toast a glass of your favorite drink to the memories of Jack...Stay Healthy!
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#17 Pam and Gary Osier 2019-07-27 12:03
Don, Karen, Dorothy, Gary, Michael. I am deeply sorry to hear of the loss of your brother Jack. I have not seen most of you since the 60’s but I have such wonderful memories of your Mom and Dad and growing up with Don (my fishing, hunting, drinking buddy and true friend). Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Rowland Family.
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#16 Dorothy Hovey 2019-07-26 08:58
Thank you for the kind words about Jack. Jack kept his sense of humor and always had a smile for us. We will miss him! Rest In Peace Jack, I love you!!
The Rowland Family
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#15 Dave Berry 2019-07-26 00:43
So sorry to hear of Jack's passing. He was a good man. I liked him very much. Shared many a "spirited debate," good conversation and many good laughs with Jack. I hold fond memories of our Trivial Pursuit challenge where each would read the other questions from a set number of cards -- not really keeping score, just enjoying the back and forth. Rest easy, Jack. As the song says, "...Go rest high on that mountain, Son, your work on earth is done...."
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#14 lillian dawley kinne 2019-07-24 16:54
I also graduated with Jack. I knew him my entire life, the Sacred Heart School group was a nice bunch of kids; and yes he liked to pretend he was the bad boy. It is sad how we lose connection as we age. My sincere condolences to his entire family.
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#13 linda tyo dygert 2019-07-24 14:18
i am in total shock that one of my dearest friends has past away jack i have always thought of you . we had many pleasent times at the bar and your house . omg so many memories how coukld i forget you and mark jones playing the juke box as i was going to work at 7;30 am on my way too work .i am so beside myself .i will never ever forget all the good times we had with michael too.RIP my dear friend have a drink with my brother and michael and your mother alice , loved you all . heart aches RIP my dear friend AMEN.
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#12 Bob Hewitt 2019-07-24 13:18
Jack was a pretty good guy and member of our 1968 graduating class of IHC. Jack seemed to relish his role as a class bad boy refusing to accept vanilla when "moose tracks" suited him better. He will be warmly remember by his surviving classmates. Jack will be missed.
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#11 Betsy Netto Thompson 2019-07-24 12:57
It is with sincere sadness hearing that Jack has passed away. We kept in touch in our earlier years. God bless him! You all are in my thoughts & prayers. Betsy
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#10 Mike Brouty 2019-07-24 12:31
I was in the Elks Lodge with Jack. Always a good guy. I'll miss him.
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