OBITUARY

Digby "Dick" Rowe

May 27, 1938March 8, 2019

Digby "Dick" Rowe was born on May 27, 1938 and passed away on March 8, 2019.

Services

19 March

Rosary

10:30 am

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish

820 N Garfield Ave
Montebello, California 90640

19 March

Funeral Mass

11:00 am

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish

820 N Garfield Ave
Montebello, California 90640

19 March

Graveside Service

Resurrection Cemetery

966 N Potrero Grande Dr
Rosemead, California 91770

REMEMBERING

Digby "Dick" Rowe

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Kevin Cunniff

March 17, 2019

St. Patrick's Day 2019

When I received word this morning that Dick had died the Serenity Prayer of St. Francis came into my mind. St. Francis penned:
God give me the serenity to accept
the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things that I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
This prayer seemed to be a philosophy of life for Dick. When things had to be changed, he responded to the challenge. I never knew the whole story behind his retirement
from the force until I did some research this morning. Nothing in the heroic course of action that he took then in response to a life being endangered surprised me. Dick was Dick. He was the man that I have known for the past twenty years.
Dick was a man who loved. On many occasions, with others, and with members of my family, Dick went out of his way to do things for others irregardless of the personal cost to himself. Dick was a caring man who was a loving husband who honored and cherished Joy, his devoted wife. When they came to share a holiday dessert with us he also made sure that 'the love of his life' had a good time interacting with members of the family. His personal pain in the last few years took second place to making sure that Joy was okay.
I shared many wonderful moments with Dick as he did various chores for a relative who was ill. He made her life and eventual death a continuous giving of himself for another. St. John penned in Chapter 13:
Jesus said: “And so now I give you a new commandment
to
you...love one another as I have loved you.”
Dick lived this commandment in the ways that he loved people.
Dick was a teacher. He taught at the university level and loved his opportunity to train future members of the force. Over and above that, he taught those with whom he came in contact how to live a live of contributing to the community. In large and small ways Dick showed us how to live. He also showed us that living also meant dying with faith, hope and charity.