Marshall "Jim" James Fowler
November 8, 1934 – October 4, 2020
Marshall James "Jim" Fowler, 85 of Marlborough, passed away on October 4, 2020 in the comfort of home surrounded by his family. He was born on November 8, 1934 in Bennington, VT, the son of the late Marshall Joseph Fowler and Catherine (Potwin) Baker. Jim grew up in Westmoreland, NH and attended Westmoreland Schools.
Following his time in the military service, Jim became a welder and pipe fitter. He traveled the country working at shipyards and nuclear power plants. In his spare time, Jim taught himself the art of wire wrapping which eventually led to exhibitions of his wire-wrapped jewelry at craft shows, gem and jewelry shows, club shows, federation shows and international shows. Over the course of his jewelry making career, Jim became an internationally and nationally renowned grand master wire-wrapper. He received numerous awards for his exquisite designs including induction into the National Rockhound & Lapidary Hall of Fame. In his later years, Jim continued to participate in shows mainly in the Northeast and mentored other wire-wrappers. He remained passionate about creating wire-wrapped jewelry and worked long hours doing what he loved even as his health declined. Jim’s last in-person show was in March 2020 at the Annual Gem & Mineral Society of Central Connecticut in Meriden.
On August 15, 1964 Jim married the love of his life, Selina Thoin, and adopted and raised her six children. In their 56 years, they enjoyed many memories together, a favorite being camping with their children. The family moved to Virginia in the mid 70’s and spent many years living in both Virginia and New Hampshire. Jim’s interests included playing cards, chess, playing guitar and singing, riding motorcycles, and traveling to Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Shows. He enjoyed telling humorous and witty stories with fellow dealers and customers, watching westerns, boxing matches and listening to country music. Jim was a lover of life, his family, his craft, and recipient of so much love as well. He lived life on his terms!
Jim will be missed greatly by his wife: Selina Fowler of Marlborough, NH; children: Jay Fowler (Suzy) of Converse, TX, Ernie Fowler of Marlborough, NH, Thomas Fowler of Ackworth, NH, David Fowler (Jane) of Chesterfield, VA, Georgina Fowler (Best friend Cheryl) of Richmond, VA, and Julie Moore of Louisa, VA; grandchildren: Shannon, Salim, AJ, Selina, Brenda, Shawnette, and Rachel; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
He was predeceased by his step-brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Bev Russell and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family would like to thank Lisa Profetto (MSN, ARNP) and Dr. Maryam Gul at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock-Keene, Monadnock Dialysis Center-Keene, Home Healthcare Hospice & Community Services-Keene, and Sue Bemis for their care and compassion.
In keeping with Jim's and family wishes, there will be no public services at this time.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Marshall James Fowler's name to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675 (www.WoundedWarriorProject.org) or to Paralyzed Veterans of America, P.O. Box 758589, Topeka, KS 66675 (www.PVA.org).
Fletcher Funeral Home of Keene, NH has been entrusted with the arrangements. To express condolences or to share a memory of Jim, please visit www.FletcherFuneralHome.com.
Marshall "Jim" James Fowler
December 25, 2020
We just got a letter from a friend in NY telling us about the sad news,we both loved Jim and Selina and when ever we went to a gem show one of the first things we did was to look for Jim and Selina. Thank you Jim for the beautiful pieces you made for us and the friendship we had.The world has lost a great artist. Love always Vinny and Dottie Ferranti
November 28, 2020
Hi Ernie - to all of your family I wish to express my condolences. I knew your dad Jim only when I was young and visiting your home. He was a formidable man, he ran a tight ship, and we answered to him: “yes, Sir”. He wouldn’t have it any other way. As head of household, his generosity was abundant. I ate many dinners with your family, slept overnight, and always felt welcomed. Your parents even let Gina invite me on a family camping trip. Again I’m sorry for your loss, and pray your memories sustain you. Sincerely, Jen
November 15, 2020
I remember Fowler Wire Wrapping from when I was a teenager going to gem and mineral shows. His work was fantastic.
October 25, 2020
I first saw Jim and his amazing wire jewelry at the Franklin, NC Gemboree in 1985. I was somehow able to figure out how to do his most basic designs and it literally saved my life over the years, providing me with an income when times were tough. My work never approached his incredible precision and creativity of course! Jim Fowler was one of a kind and there will never be another like him! Rest In Peace Jim.
October 24, 2020
Selina & family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss, May you share the memories of the times you all had together as a family . He is at rest and at peace. God Bless
Meriden Mineral Club
October 17, 2020
Sincerest condolences from the many members of the Lapidary and Mineral Society of Central Connecticut (aka, the Meriden Club).
October 10, 2020
Salina and Ernie I am so sorry to hear about Jim. He was one of those special people who made you feel better after seeing him. His talent and creativity will never be replaced but my favorite memories will always be sitting next to him watching him work and listening to him mumble about everything going on around him. We use to quietly laugh at his ongoing commentary. He will truly be missed.
October 10, 2020
I'm so saddened to learn of Jim's passing and I extend my deepest condolences to the Fowler family. What a gift to have met Jim over the years at the Bristol, CT show. My sister and I had so much respect, appreciation and fondness for that kind, generous spirited old soldier. Thankfully, his extraordinary talent left us with many beautiful pieces of jewelry to remember him by. He will be missed terribly. Semper Fi, Jim.
October 9, 2020
I just want to express my deepest condolences to the Fowler family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Jim was a really sweet, caring and not to mention a very talented person.
I spent many a day in Marlborough with Jay, Ernie, Tommy, Gina, Julie and David at their home. I was always welcomed as part of their family. Jim was a funny guy in his own way and was always a pleasure to be around. You will be missed by many people who love you Jim. Rest in peace. ❤️🙏🏻
October 6, 2020
My deepest sympathies and condolences to Selina,Ernie,and Family regarding the passing of Marshall whom I always addressed as Jim.
I met Jim and family years ago at the Springfield,Mass. gem show and other local events. I have been fortunate to have been in contact with Jim throughout many years because of his special personality and wirewrapping skills in setting and mounting gemstones of all kinds.
I pray for Jim's family during this time of sadness and loss.
Anthony M. D'Angelo