George L. Bowden, a long-time resident of Upper Black Eddy, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. He was 87. He was born Feb. 16, 1931, in Philadelphia, a son of the late Edward and Anna Free Bowden. George attended St. Columba’s Elementary School and Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia, after which he joined the U.S. Navy, serving in the Korean War. He returned to the family farm to reside in Upper Black Eddy and eventually retired in 1993, from the Custom Paper Company, Warren Glen Inc., where he worked in the maintenance department. George was a wonderful gardener with an enormous vegetable patch. He generously gave away much of the produce to anyone in need in his neighborhood. Last year was the first year he was not able to grow a tomato plant due to declining health. He was a big sports enthusiast. As a young man, he tried out and was given an offer to play on the Phillies baseball team, which he did not accept. He loved football and especially loved to play tennis. George was known to be the family’s weather man and could always be counted on to predict what the weather was going to be. He also brightened the Christmas of a lot of adults and children by gifting them with candy. He is survived by his brother, Carl, and his sister, Joan Haas; nieces and nephews, Christopher and Timothy Haas, Rosemary Covert, Kenneth Voorhees, Deborah Wyckoff, and Cheryl Voorhees; great-nieces and great-nephews, Amanda Page, Tia Covert, Jennifer, Vincent, and Devon Voorhees, and Morgan Wyckoff; and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Lorraine Bowden and Dorothy Voorhees. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4050 Durham Road, Ottsville, PA 18942, where friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment in St. John Cemetery will follow. Memorial contributions may be made the church or to a charity of one’s choice. Robert W. Snyder Funeral Home, Riegelsville