Hugh “Harold” D. Rowley Jr.

RUMFORD – Hugh “Harold” D. Rowley Jr., 65, of Rumford, passed away at home on May 23, 2022, after a long period of declining health.

He was born on Dec. 22, 1956, the oldest of three brothers born to Harold and Nancy (Abbott) Rowley of Rumford. He was a 1976 graduate of Rumford High School and proudly served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years as a fighter aircraft RADAR technician and instructor. He was an innovative leader who was recognized with multiple Commendations and Achievement awards. He was particularly proud of his service helping to build the USS George Washington. He worked two jobs while in college and graduated from the University of Maine in Farmington (UMF) with a degree in Business Administration/Economics plus work in Computer Sciences. He volunteered his services often wherever he could help his communities. He loved learning and enjoyed many hobbies. He won awards singing in Country Music in many competitions and volunteered as both a judge and guess performer for Voices of the Valley fund raising efforts in the local fight against cancer. He also performed with his buddy Gary as several Nursing Homes and Veterans Homes plus other gatherings. He kept honey bees, and for several years, he was president of the Western Maine Beekeepers Association.

After retiring from the Navy he worked for Oxford Federal Credit Union as their Information Technology (IT) Manager for 12years. He was on the start-up crew when the Oxford Casino was being built and he ultimately became their IT Director. Later he moved back to the “credit union world” at Maine State Credit Union where he retired in 2017. He loved what technology could do for people and was the go-to-guy for anyone who had a question or needed help with a problem. He was kind and understanding of his work families but he truly loved his home family. He never missed an opportunity for a cookout or a gathering in the gazebo on the front lawn. His home on Worthley Pond was his special place to relax and he enjoyed numerous evening rides around the pond with the love of his life Pam (Comstock) Rowley.

Pam was his wife for 46 years and she meant everything to him. He cherished every moment with her. They loved to travel together and their favorite spot for a springtime excursion was to St. Pete’s Beach in Florida. He even bought her an illuminated palm tree (artificial) for their living room which she surrounded with “flip-Flop” paraphernalia. They shared their adventures with their children and traveled with them when they could. He loved camping, and enjoyed Boston Sports on TV, the Patriots and the Celtics. He was insightful and fun loving with a great sense of humor and will be dearly missed by all.

He is survived by his wife Pam and his two children Trish Rowley of Rumford, and H. David Rowley III of Lewiston. Also, surviving is his parents Harold and Nancy (Abbott) Rowley of Peru; his in-laws Darrold and Beryl (Lohnes) Comstock of Mexico; two brothers Timothy and wife Janet of Peru and Kurt and wife Emily of Mexico; two generations of nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.

Friends and family are invited to sign the online guess book and share memories with the family at: Graveside service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, June 4, at the Pineview Cemetery in Roxbury, Maine. Arrangements are under the direction of Meader and Son Funeral Home 3 Franklin St. Rumford.

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