Douglas S Rowen

January 14, 1957June 8, 2021

Douglas Stuart Rowen, 64, of Queens, NY, passed away Tuesday, June 8, 2021 surrounded by his family.

Born in New York Hospital on January 14, 1957, he was the son of George (Gehard) Rowen and Betty Lou (Lacobs) Rowen. He was a graduate of Forest Hills High School, where he was a three-year varsity letterman and captain of the track and field team. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Baruch College, which he attended alongside his beloved brother Barry.

Doug made his living through his gregarious personality as a salesman, spending the majority of his 21-year long career supplying businesses throughout the city and tristate area with baby goods and accessories.

His career fit perfectly with his favorite job of all, raising his two sons George and Sam (not to mention his furry feline child Layla). When he was no longer able to work, he found immense joy in coaching and mentoring thousands of children and teens through the Bayside Raiders football organization, where he served for 21 years as assistant head coach, defensive coordinator, and vice president.

Doug enjoyed a love for all sports, but especially the Yankees, which he inherited from his parents, as well as a fondness for cuisine from all over the world, which he shared by cooking for his family.

Doug is survived by his younger brother Barry Rowen of Rego Park, NY; his two sons: George Rowen and wife Marie of Massapequa, NY, and Sam Rowen of Whitestone, NY; and his first grandchild due to be born in October 2021.

A Jewish funeral service will be held at 12:00 PM Eastern on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at Schwartz Brothers-Jeffer Memorial Chapels at 114-03 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills, NY 11375. A burial will follow at Beth Moses Cemetery at 1500 Wellwood Ave., West Babylon, NY 11704. Shiva calls are welcome daily until sundown June 10-11 and June 13-17. Please reach out to the family for location.


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June 28, 2021

God bless you my childhood best friend. We shared many great memories from PS 206 to playing Little League to biking all over to trading baseball cards. You were ALWAYS a champion in my eyes. May you go to heaven and watch over us a an Angel as you were on earth. Your friend always, Jonny Colby

Alex Burton

June 26, 2021


I am so sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. He was one of my best friends in our days growing up in Rego, playing ball at the 206 schoolyard, attending Halsey and FHHS, etc.
My deepest condolences to you and your family...

Alex Burton
East Quogue

Jennifer Gomez

June 14, 2021

Dear Barry & Family,

I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep you all in prayer.
Sending my condolences.

With deepest sympathy,
Jennifer Gomez

Anna Broughton

June 14, 2021

Dear Barry
So very sorry for your loss. Such an enormous loss for you.
I know how hard he struggled and fought over the past year. We kept him in our prayers .
Our family sends our thoughts & prayers to you and the family.
With our deepest sympathy
Anna & Tony Broughton

Alice Daddi

June 10, 2021

Wishing you peace and comfort during this sad time.

Alice Daddi

Kim Karant

June 9, 2021

May beautiful memories of years past carry your family through this most difficult time. Sending my deepest condolences and wishing you strength & peace.


June 9, 2021

Dear cousin Barry & Douglas's sons,
Extremely sorry to hear of your father, brother and my cousin's passing. May you always have fond thoughts of a life well lived and loved.
Michelle Rowen

David Bransfield

June 9, 2021

Barry and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss.

If you need anything, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Dave Bransfield