Donald Fowler

Donald R. Fowler

Tuesday, December 10, 1935 - Sunday, April 12, 2020
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December 10, 1935 – April 12, 2020
Cornwall, NY

Donald R. Fowler, a Cornwall resident for 43 years, passed away on Sunday, April 12, 2020 at Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh, NY. He was 84 years old. The son of the late Charles B. Fowler and Mabel (Ackerman) Fowler, Donald was born on December 10, 1935, in Peekskill, NY.

Donald attended Shrub Oak Schools and Michigan Technology University and enjoyed careers as a Telephone Lineman and as a Draftsman for a kitchen design company before working as a Chemical Technician for Union Carbide Corporation. He retired after 25 years of service and, not content to sit idle, he co-founded Akin-Fowler Photography Studio with his wife Karen, which specialized in animal photography.

Donald was a man of many talents. He loved antiques and collecting old bottles and in the 1970’s he opened an antique shop in Garrison, NY, where he enjoyed woodworking, restoring and refinishing old furniture and fixing antique clocks. He also loved researching old maps of the Hudson Valley and hiking through different areas. He was always available to help family and friends with all kinds of fix-it projects. He was a kind and loyal friend and will be missed by all who were fortunate to have known him.

Donald was married to Karen V. Akin who survives him at home. He is also survived by a daughter: Rowan Merante and her husband Dana Olsen; his sons: Douglas, Nathan and his wife Michelle, and Seth and his wife Laurie; his step-children: Todd and Troy Akin and Heather Hannawalt and her husband Philip. Also surviving are his cherished grandchildren: Clare Gallagher, Jessica, Kate, Jack and Caroline Fowler, Alyssa and Aidan Fowler and Jeremy Fowler; his faithful dog Charlie and his longtime friend and former wife: Linda Fowler. He was predeceased by his parents, his brothers: Richard and Charles; and his grandson: Max Gallagher.

Due to the public health concerns of the Corona Virus (Covid-19), there will be no services at this time. On behalf of the family, thank you for your understanding and support during this difficult time.

Arrangements are entrusted to Quigley-Sullivan Funeral Home, Inc.; to send condolences please go to
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    Cedar Hill Crematory
    5468 Routre 9W
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Due to the public health concerns of the Corona Virus (Covid-19), there will be no services at this time. On behalf of the family, thank you for your understanding and support during this difficult time.


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Joseph Mastropierro

Posted at 07:17pm
I send out my deepest sympathies to the Fowler and Akin families with the passing of Mr. Fowler. I can so recall the years living a block over from the Fowler's and playing with Doug, Nathan, and Seth in their yard. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this very difficult time. May eternal rest be granted to Mr. Fowler and may God's light always shine upon him. Rest in Peace.

Nancy LaFleur

Posted at 11:48am
Uncle Don had a wacky sense of humor which always made me laugh so I guess I also got that gene. Wish there weren't so many miles between New York and Florida so we could have spent more time together. Thanks for the many smiles, Uncle Don!
Nancy Fowler LaFleur

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