Harold "Jack" John Bouwens
June 11, 1950 – December 1, 2019
Harold John "Jack" Bouwens, 69, passed away December 1, 2019 in his home, with his wife and son at his side, after a five year battle with lymphoma and then leukemia.
Usually the tallest man in any room, Jack was a natural born leader with a dry and sarcastic sense of humor. He believed that if you were going to do something, you'd better'd do it right, and "doing it right" usually meant doing it Jack's way. Jack's many friends can tell you that if Jack was busting on you, that meant he liked you. Jack was a man of many nicknames, including Stretch, Tall One, Speed Bump, Smoking Jack, Charley Jack, Jackster, Grumpy Jack, Meanness, Extra-Special Tall Friend, and Captain Jack.
Jack was born on June 11, 1950, in Newark, New York, to Harold Jacob Bouwens and Joan (Timmerman) Bouwens. The only son and the middle child in his family, Jack was an avid hunter and fisherman since his earliest days. Jack played baseball and basket ball throughout his school years. Drafted into the US Army in 1970, Jack served in nuclear weapons security in Germany, achieving the rank of Spec 4 before his honorable discharge in 1972. Jack married twice before the third time was the charm, and he married Debbie Johnson in 1992. They spent much of their married life in Palmyra and Phoenix NY. Jack worked for Mobil Chemical Company for 26 years, leaving in 1994. He was an engineering specialist in research and development in the films division. Later, Jack had a consulting business and before retiring, he got his commercial driver's license and spent three years ferrying loads of beer from the Anheuser Busch brewery. Jack spent many happy days boating on the waters of Great Sodus Bay and Lake Ontario. In 2010 Jack announced that he was done paying New York state taxes, so by 2011 the couple were ensconced in a pool home on a golf course in Florida. Jack was a guy who could always get things done, and you rarely saw him without a Marlboro, an ice cold Pepsi, or a Coors Light can (but those mountains had better'd be blue!) Through the years, Jack had many interests including hunting, motorcycles, Corvettes, snowmobiling, camping, boating, fishing, and ultimately golfing. He enjoyed watching NASCAR races and the New York Yankees. Jack's unique way of laughing with you or at you, his sparkling blue eyes, and that crazy grin when he got you, will be sorely missed.
Jack is survived by his wife of 27 years, Debbie Bouwens of Lehigh Acres, FL, his son James Bouwens of Douglasville, GA, his granddaughter Abby Bouwens of Port Orange FL, and his sisters Beverly Swart, Marilyn Mathous-Adams, Dianne Baker, and Deborah Harrison, all of New York State, as well as a myriad of cousins, nieces and nephews and wonderful friends up and down the eastern seaboard.
A celebration of Jack's life will be held in January 2020 at the New Westminster Golf Club in Lehigh Acres FL, and in June 2020 an event is planned for Sodus Point NY. Final dates for these events are not yet determined.
Donations would be gratefully accepted in Jack's memory to Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation, www.fcfs.org/ways-to-help/donate, 5985 Silver Falls Run, Suite 210, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211, Hope Hospice, www.hopehcs.org/donate, Development Office, Hope Hospice,9470 HealthPark Circle,Fort Myers, FL 33908
Arrangements by Hodges Funeral Home at Lee Memorial Park, 12777 State Road 82, Ft Myers, FL 33913. For information, please call 239-334-4880.
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Harold "Jack" John Bouwens
Betsy & Wheaties Wheaton
December 7, 2019
A beautiful memorial to Tall Jack! Debby & Jack made an awesome team and fought a hard, courageous battle. Many people will benefit from knowledge gained due to their perseverance in the trial phases, thank you!
Rest in peace Tall Jack.
Love and condolences to Debby. Your many friends are here to help you carry on.
December 6, 2019
Jack and I go way back , we both grew up in Newark NY. Jack and I got drafted and went to Ft Jackson, SC for basic training, He was given the nickname "Slim " there . We both got duty in Germany, He in Stuttgart area and me in Kaiserslautern- so we made well being drafted. He was my best man in my wedding in 1972 , Jack was always a witty guy ,sorry I only ran into hima few times thru our later years- last time was out at Sodus Point NY- Rest in peace Ol Buddy! Your friend , Jon Moon