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16 Pleasant Street
Augusta, ME 04330
Phone: 207-622-9311
Fax: 207-622-9313
William Dowling

William E Dowling

Tuesday, June 17th, 1947 - Friday, December 27th, 2019
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William E. “Bill” Dowling , age 72, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, December 27, 2019 following a courageous battle with cancer. Bill was born in Augusta, ME on June 17, 1947, a son of James and Gerine (Toulouse) Dowling.
After graduating from Cony High School, Bill went on to proudly serve six years in the Army Reserves achieving the rank of Sergeant First Class (E-7) and later graduated from the University of Maine at Augusta with a degree in Public Administration. Bill spent 27 years working for the State of Maine before retiring as Assistant Deputy Secretary of State. He wasn’t very good at retirement and retired a second time as Chief Operating Officer of a local commercial real estate development company in 2014. Bill also taught courses at the University of Maine at Augusta.
Bill was an active member of the Greater Augusta Community where he served on a number of non-profit boards, notably proud of his tenure as Vice President of the Capital Area Recreation Association (CARA). He was a Corporator of Kennebec Savings Bank, and was a member of the Calumet Club. He was appointed by Governors Baldacci and LePage to the Motor Vehicle Franchise Board and served on Governor LePage’s transition team.
Bill was especially proud of his hometown and served many years as an elected member of the Augusta City Council before being elected Mayor in 1998, a role he proudly served in until he reached term limits in 2006. Bill will be remembered by many for his part in getting a new Cony High School, the Cushnoc Crossing (the third bridge), and for the flowers throughout the city, among other contributions.
When he wasn’t working or contributing to the community, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends at his camp on Lake St. George where he could often be found boating, water skiing, and swimming. Bill also loved to cook and baked a delicious strawberry-rhubarb pie.
Bill was predeceased by his father, James; a son, Gregory; father-in-law, Harold Brann; and brother-in law, Kevin Brann.
Bill is survived by his best friend and loving wife, Kimberly (Brann) Dowling of Augusta; a son, John Dowling of Augusta; his daughter, Erin (Dowling) Kane and her husband Sean of Hollis; a step-daughter, Cassandra McKenna and a step-son, Logan McKenna, both of Augusta and both of whom he loved like his own. Bill is also survived by his mother, Gerine of Hallowell; a sister, Karen Foster and her husband Thomas of Augusta; a brother, Stephen Dowling and his wife Suzanne of Augusta; his mother-in-law, Dianne Brann of Vassalboro; a sister-in-law, Kathy Reynolds and her husband Elisha of Vassalboro; a daughter-in-law, Jennifer Booker of Mt. Vernon; grandchildren, Isabella and Tristan Dowling of Mt. Vernon; numerous nieces and nephews, and his beloved dogs Finley and Cooper.
Family and friends may visit on Sunday, January 12th from 2-5 PM at Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta where officers and members of the Calumet Club are asked to meet at 2 PM to recite prayers for their departed member.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, January 13th at 11 AM at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Western Ave., Augusta. Private burial and committal prayers will be held at a later date in the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Augusta.
Those who wish may donate to the Capital Area Recreation Association (CARA) in Bill’s memory: Capital Area Recreation Association, PO Box 5275, Augusta, ME, 04330.
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    Sunday, January 12th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Sunday, January 12th, 2020 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Plummer Funeral Home
    16 Pleasant Street
    Augusta, ME 04330
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  • Service

    Monday, January 13th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday, January 13th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church
    41 Western Avenue
    Augusta, ME 04330
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Michael Woodward

Posted at 05:27pm
My sincere condolences to the Dowling family. Having been a neighbor while growing up I was saddened to hear of his passing. He will be missed by so many but, I hope he finds that MG he had and opens it up on heavens highways.

Linda Lane

Posted at 05:32pm
The world was a better place with Bill in it. He loved his family and his community, and was kind and generous to others. He had a quick wit and way with words which served him well in some tough negotiations at the State of Maine and City Council. Rest In Peace Bill. ❤️

Connie Hoellerman

Posted at 01:19pm
Erin and Family - you are in our thoughts today. With deepest sympathy from the IDEXX VSS Leadership Team.
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Kim Evers

Posted at 01:02am
I can’t remember how old I was, but Billy taught me how to tie my shoes...he was the only other left handed person I knew when I was young. Kim Evers

Eileen C. Hibbert

Posted at 07:25pm
We know that Mr. Dowling was involved in alot of Augusta's activities;but want to extend our deepest condolences to the family in their loss. Eileen(Gilley)Hibbert-Penney

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