A legend of the South Florida Fishing community crossed the bar early in the morning on May 28, 2020.
Charles Wood Bowen, Jr. (Boney, Flash, Charlie) was born March 27, 1929 in Bridgeton, New Jersey. He began working as a fisherman when he was 10 years old and continued up into his 70s. He passed the family fishing tradition on to his son Mason and his grandson Keith, and he continued going out to sea with them whenever possible all the way up until his final days.
The ocean was a part of Boney and he was part of it. You could say he was the ultimate "son of a son of a sailor." A proud Veteran, Boney served in the Navy during WWII and the Korean war. He instilled a deep sense of patriotism in his children, and a love for the Lord Jesus Christ. His commitment to the church was inspiring, and his deep faith enabled him to have a peaceful passing.
He leaves a legacy that is larger than his family. As a mentor and trail blazer in the fishing community he influenced an entire generation. The impact of his life on his family and community is enduring and unfathomable.
If the sea was Boney's first love, his family was a close second. He was a widower two times. He and his first wife Joyce had four children; They are-- Bonnie Lee Woodbery (Children-Brian, Isaac, and Sarah), Elizabeth Anne Driscoll (Children-Eowyn and Branwyn), Charles “Skip” Wood Bowen, III (Wife-Janet, Children- Mason, Joshua, Joseph, and Kristen, Mason George Bowen (Wife-Sandy, Children-Chrissy, Keith, Kyle, and Brittney.) Boney's second wife, Rose, enriched his life with six step-children, they are-Jack Winn (Wife- Julie, Son- Johnny), Ken Winn (Wife- Nancy, Children- Chris and Christina), Charles “Chick” Winn (Wife- Karen, Children- Seth and Samantha), Frank Winn: (Wife- Kathy, Children- Britany, Johnny and Rose), Greg Winn: (Children- Ashley, Brianna, Charles “Chick” and Joseph), Penny Porteous- (Husband- Chuck, Children- Zachary and Joshua).
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