Memorial Minute

William H. Bowers
June 14, 1918 – August 3, 2003

Bill Bowers was received into membership of Midcoast Meeting on March 9,
l995 after fifty years of association with Friends.

His first wife, Winifred Cope Sharpless, was a birthright Friend who transferred her membership from Doylestown (PA) Meeting to Midcoast Meeting in1987 after the family moved to Maine. Both Bill and Winifred were active participants in the Meeting. Winifred died in l991. Bill continued to participate in the life of the Meeting and was strong in support of our building the meetinghouse.

Bill's thoughtful letter of application for membership was a moving statement of the depth of his assimilation of Friends’ beliefs and values. He wrote, “I find difficulty in understanding my years of indecision in joining. At times, I felt I was lacking in total agreement with all of Friends’ professions…. I have come to realize that there are as many beliefs among Friends as there are members. I feel very comfortable in Friends’ company.”

After marrying Avis Ilene Colpritt on December 2, 1995, in the meetinghouse, Bill continued to attend with her. Eventually they gravitated to her church, where his memorial service was held following his death.

In his last year, while Bill was living in a nursing home in Damariscotta, he enjoyed frequent visits from Friends. Bill died on August 3, 2003.

Approved by Midcoast Monthly Meeting on September 17, 2004