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Ret. Lt.  James Adams "Cowboy" Fowlie, Sr. Ph.D

Ret. Lt. James Adams "Cowboy" Fowlie, Sr. Ph.D
  • February 25, 1946 - September 16, 2017
  • Melrose, Massachusetts
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“Dear Paula and Family,Me and my sisters Bessie and Barbara were so sorry to hear of Jim's passing.My sympathies to your family.He was a great fellow...Read More »
1 of 58 | Posted by: frances fondulis - melrose, MA

“MAY THE LIGHT OF THIS CANDLE SHINE DOWN ON ALL OF YOU FOREVER. ”
2 of 58 | Posted by: KATHERINE FOWLIE - STONEHAM MA, MA

“To Paula and Family.We are so sorry for your suddan loss of your beloved Jimmy. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. May he rest in peace...Read More »
3 of 58 | Posted by: - DE

“To the Fowlie Family My brother Ricky, my Mom and Dad , my buddies Nels , Dick and Beau all have fond memories of Jimmy ( we called him " Cowboy" )...Read More »
4 of 58 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Fowlie family,We are sorry for the loss of Jim. He was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed. You all are in our prayers.Sincerely,Ken and...Read More »
5 of 58 | Posted by: Ken and Gail Durland - Stoneham, MA

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6 of 58 | Posted by: Tano Spinazzola

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7 of 58 | Posted by: Tano Spinazzola

“Paula, Our sincerest condolences and prayers. Only met Jimmy and you when you visited in VA after my brother, Claude, married your sister, Janet. ...Read More »
8 of 58 | Posted by: Larry Mays - Lynchburg, VA

“Dear Mrs Fowlie and family -I was very sad to hear of Mr Fowlie passing.Please know my prayers are with you -Sincerely Cam DeCroteauUSMCOkinawa ,...Read More »
9 of 58 | Posted by: Cameron DeCroteau - Melrose, MA

“My deepest condolences at this very dark time. Should you need anything you know how to get in touch <3 ”
10 of 58 | Posted by: carole frasso-sylvia - Friend

“Dear Paula & Family, We are so sorry about your loss. Jimmy was a great man and will always be remembered. We will miss him. Your memories and...Read More »
11 of 58 | Posted by: Susan Eagleston - Stoneham, MA

“On behalf of the members in the eboard of Massachusetts Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 28 we offer you our condolences for the loss of your loved...Read More »
12 of 58 | Posted by: Robrrt Lefort - Blackstone, MA

“Dear Paula,Carl and I are so sad to receive the sudden news of Jimmy's passing. Just know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers...Read More »
13 of 58 | Posted by: A friend

“Paula and family. We can't put into words how we feel about the loss of Jimmy. We send our love.Mary and Glenn Eagleston ”
14 of 58 | Posted by: Glenn Eagleston - Stoneham, MA

“Dear Auntie Paula & Family,Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of Jim. An exceptional husband, father, grandfather, etc. His...Read More »
15 of 58 | Posted by: Diane Decker Gendron - Peabody, MA

“Dear Chris & Kim,Bill, Shae and I are so very sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Please know that we are thinking of you and sending lots of love...Read More »
16 of 58 | Posted by: A friend

“Paula, Kaylin and Family - We're so sorry for the loss of your husband, father, grandfather, brother. Jim was a great person, his positive outlook on...Read More »
17 of 58 | Posted by: Felix Spinazzola - East Boston, MA

“Dear Paula and family,Mary and I are so sad to hear of Jim's untimely passing. We have so many great memories of our times together over the years....Read More »
18 of 58 | Posted by: Ralph Hannabury - melrose, MA

“Jimmy was my cool older cousin. He got me into hockey and we played table top hockey together. He always won. He later visited me when I was in...Read More »
19 of 58 | Posted by: Bob Larson

“Paula and Family - So sorry for the loss of your husband, father, grandfather, or brother. Never got to know Jim, but it seems like I would have...Read More »
20 of 58 | Posted by: Maureen McDevitt - Bridgton, ME

“Paula and the Fowlie Family, I was so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I often think back to the days when we all lived on Sargent St..We were all...Read More »
21 of 58 | Posted by: Linda MacDougall DeHart - Melrose, MA

“Dear Paula,My heart goes out to you and your family at this difficult time. Cheryl D'Amico-SharpAdelaide, Australia ”
22 of 58 | Posted by: A friend

“Will always remember "Cowboy" of the "Highland Harvards" as a fellow "Left Hander" who had a baseball glove FAR better than mine. Also remember his...Read More »
23 of 58 | Posted by: Nels Nelson - Peabody, MA

“My Condolences to the Fowlie Family. I just started taking a Intro to Sociology class with James Fowlie as my Professor. Two weeks into the semester...Read More »
24 of 58 | Posted by: Carlos Perez-Almestica - Lynn, MA

“Jim was a colleague of mine at MassBay in the Legal Studies and Government Department. Jim always greeted you with a smile, and often a great story...Read More »
25 of 58 | Posted by: A friend

“Paula and family- our deep sympathy to you all, especially Paula. Phil has many great childhood memories playing ball at Hesseltine with Cowboy - he...Read More »
26 of 58 | Posted by: Sara (Wells) and Phil Beauchamp - MA

“My condolences to the Fowlie family. I remember Jimmy was always funny. He used to sharpen my ice skates at HockeyTown in Melrose, where I took...Read More »
27 of 58 | Posted by: Charlene Colby Hodgdon - NH

“Dear Todd and family We are very sorry for the loss of your father. Our prayers are with you and your family. Me, Kristen and Eric are always here...Read More »
28 of 58 | Posted by: Doris McWhinnie - Waltham, MA

“To the Fowlie familySo sorry for your lossCowboy was a great person he made everyone laugh. Spent a great deal of time with him at Hesseltine...Read More »
29 of 58 | Posted by: Joe Alabiso - Melrose, MA

“To Paula and Family.......I am very sorry for your loss.Jack ”
30 of 58 | Posted by: Jack Rahilly - Lynn, MA

“Paula and family, I am so sorry to hear about Jim's passing. He was a great man and will be greatly missed. I still remember the days of him...Read More »
31 of 58 | Posted by: Laurie McGuire - Melrose, MA

“Paula Iam deeply sorry for Your loss.Jimmy and my Dad always were joking around at work and I always remember that infectious smile.My thought ...Read More »
32 of 58 | Posted by: Joanne Ball - Melrose, MA

“I knew Jim through his association with the Melrose schools. Such a kind and gentle man. My condolences to Chris and the whole family. ”
33 of 58 | Posted by: Lisa Dooley - Andover, MA

“James....you are a good man..it was my pleasure to work with you...and for you.you were my teacher un hi Jr high....you taped my ankels before...Read More »
34 of 58 | Posted by: Kevin Stanton - Melrose, MA

“So many great memories of our the Grant Printing softball games and after game parties. WE so enjoyed your company, laughter and home made beer. ...Read More »
35 of 58 | Posted by: Ken and Susan Lowe - Leland, NC

“My condolences to the entire Fowlie family. I knew Prof. Fowlie as a colleague for well over a decade at Mass Bay Community College, sharing...Read More »
36 of 58 | Posted by: Robert Tarutis - Wellesley, MA

“Fowls was a good man. I am one of (I'm sure) many that he helped through tough times. God bless him. ”
37 of 58 | Posted by: Sean Leonard

“Jim was one of my teachers during my MJHS days and was a fellow officer when I was an Auxiliary Police Officer. He helped my family out during a...Read More »
38 of 58 | Posted by: John Lecourt - Gardner, MA

“To the family and friends of Professor Fowlie I extend my greatest condolences. For the short period of time knowing Dr. J this semester at NSCC,...Read More »
39 of 58 | Posted by: Shana Doucette - Lynn, MA

“Paula, Thinking of you and your family.Anne ”
40 of 58 | Posted by: Anne Howe - Sanbornton, NH

“I am very sad to hear this news of Jimmy. He was my student teacher at Wakefield High School and we also were athletic trainers for our respective...Read More »
41 of 58 | Posted by: David Tropeano - Douglasville, GA

“So very sorry to hear of this news about Jim. He was a student teacher for me at Wakefield High School and also worked together when he was the...Read More »
42 of 58 | Posted by: David Tropeano - Douglasville, GA

“Dear Paula and family. I was so saddened to hear of Jimmy's passing. My sincere sympathy to you all. May he rest in peace. ”
43 of 58 | Posted by: Lois Leman - Peabody, MA - Friend

“Dear Chris and family,I am so saddened to hear of the loss of your father. He was a wonderful man, with a great sense of humor and I will always...Read More »
44 of 58 | Posted by: Robyn Murphy - Cedar Park, TX

“Paula and Family,I am very sorry to hear about Cowboy. My family is keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. ”
45 of 58 | Posted by: Michele Ziogas - Pelham, NH

“I was sorry to hear about Jim's death. When I was the Assistant Dean of Liberal Studies at North Shore Community College,I hired Jim many years ago...Read More »
46 of 58 | Posted by: Laurel Messina Duluk - MA

“Dear Paula,Ken and I are so sorry for your loss and extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always. ”
47 of 58 | Posted by: Joyce Keefe Groves - Indian Trail, NC

“Dear Paula-and the entire Fowlie family-Our sincerest sympathy to all of you.Words are difficult in these times but-Please know that Jim was a...Read More »
48 of 58 | Posted by: Mark DeCroteau - Melrose, MA

“My condolences to the Fowlie family and all his friends at the Melrose Police Department. Jim was a gentleman and a great guy. I was able to spend...Read More »
49 of 58 | Posted by: Mike Kane - Dedham, MA

“From the Idaho Fraternal Order of Police we send our thoughts and prayers to the family of Mr. Fowlie.Godspeed! ”
50 of 58 | Posted by: James Adams - Boise, ID

“I'm sorry for your sudden loss and pray you feel God's presence at this tough time. ”
51 of 58 | Posted by: Julie Redard - Melrose, MA

“My deepest sympathy on your family's sudden loss. Mr Fowlie was an amazing man. I was fortunate enough to have him as a teacher in High School and as...Read More »
52 of 58 | Posted by: Christine Hall - Saugus, MA

“A legend has walked into the pearly gates leaving an emptiness among us. Heartfelt tears to his loving family and so many colleagues and friends. I...Read More »
53 of 58 | Posted by: Natalee Webb - Franklin, MA

“Dear Paula and Family, I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Please remember that love never dies and it lives in your memories and thoughts. ...Read More »
54 of 58 | Posted by: Karen Poor - Alton, NH

“I am so sorry, Paula and family, for this sudden loss of Jimmy. I did not know him well but enjoyed the times we chatted at the house. He had a lot...Read More »
55 of 58 | Posted by: Arlene Tallberg - ELIOT, ME

“Dear Paula and family, Charlie and I are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. ”
56 of 58 | Posted by: Kathy Luciano - Kissimmee, FL

“Paula and familyso sorry for the passing of your husband, father and grandfather .. thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this...Read More »
57 of 58 | Posted by: Kathryn Graham - Melrose, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
58 of 58 | Posted by: John W Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


Retired Lt. James Adams "Cowboy" Fowlie Sr. PhD died suddenly on September 16, 2017, age 71. A lifelong resident of Melrose, Jim was a graduate of MHS class of 63', Salem State College class of 75' with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Education, Anna Maria College class of 83' with a degree of Master of Arts in Criminal Justice, and Columbia Pacific University Class of 89' with a degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

Jim was ranked Quartermaster Third Class in the United States Coast Guard serving from 1971-1975 and was a Vietnam War Veteran. After his discharge from the service he became a teacher at Melrose Junior High School from 1978 to 1981 as well as the athletic trainer at the Melrose High School. Jim was currently teaching Criminal Justice at the college level.

As a police officer he began as a walking beat officer in 1981. In 1986 he was promoted to Sergeant as a shift supervisor and later court prosecutor. He was the stress officer and elder service officer until he was promoted to Lieutenant in 1998, where he served as the night shift commander and was the N.I.B.R.S. supervisor. Jim retired on September 15, 2002. He also wrote the history of the Melrose Police Dept for the 100th anniversary of the city.

Jim was on the Fraternal Order of Police State Executive Board, chair of trustees and for the last 3 years he was the State Sgt. at Arms. He was the founding member of the FOP Lodge #25 and represented them for the last 10 years as trustee. Jim was also a longtime member of the Melrose Elks and the American Legion Post 115 of Stoneham.

Jim was well known for driving around in his antique 1950 Jeep Willy which he name "Shahadaroba"

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