Willard George Rowley
October 27, 1953 – April 27, 2020
Willard George Rowley of Greenwich, CT passed away on April 27, 2020 at the age of 66.
Born in Princeton, Illinois to Willard and Monna Rowley, he grew up with his siblings David, Deborah, and Howard on their family farm in Lockport. He attended the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and Northwestern University, where he excelled and explored his passion for academia. He was accomplished in his career as an investment banker in Manhattan, where he worked with various firms, traveled extensively, and made lifelong friendships along the way.
Willard was a proud lifelong member of the Mayflower Society and the National Rifle Association. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed deep sea fishing and going on hunting trips throughout his life. He had a passion for collecting and restoring antique cars, trucks, and tractors. Wherever Willard went, he was a force to be reckoned with; he always had a vivid story to tell and could make the best of friends with someone he had just met.
Known for his incredibly strong work ethic and love for his family, he took extreme care to instill these values in his children. Willard will be deeply missed by all those who knew him.
He is survived by his ex-wife Catherine, his four children: Chase, Samantha, Bruce, and Mary, and his three siblings: David, Deborah, and Howard, along with numerous cousins, niece, and nephews. There will be a celebration of his life to come in the following months.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial donation to the American Heart Association or the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Celebration Of Life To Be Held At A Later Date
Willard George Rowley
Pam and Mitch Roberts Roberts
May 2, 2020
We all know Will made friends so easily where ever he was.
To say he was a passionate person is a huge understatement.
But there was no one that he loved more than his family. Did he ever stop talking about you all? It was always.... 'Cath' :)
He was always so proud of all 4 of the kids! And no matter how long the long road was, you Cath, were and still are his best friend forever. No one can take that. And now he is healed, and you will see him again.
His tears when you saw him, was the realization of the long
struggle. The tears say it all. He was a hard fighter! Remember all the good.
There were a lot of fun times, and great memories! Mine will be how much he adored you all endlessly. Our love and prayers, Pam
May 1, 2020
I am very sorry to hear of Willard's passing. I grew up with the Rowleys in Homer Township. They were one of the original Homer families and I have many fond memories of time with them. I was always inspired by the drive and intelligence of the Rowley kids. They were a good influence on me and my siblings. Willard will surely be missed but remembered. Sincerely, Ray Tuider