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34 Beaver Rd
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Phone: (860) 563-9999
Fax: 860-721-6850
Donald Cowles

Donald R. "Pete" Cowles

Wednesday, November 29th, 1933 - Wednesday, April 10th, 2019
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Donald “Pete” Cowles, 85, of Glastonbury, CT passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, surrounded by family and friends. Born November 29, 1933 to James B. Jr. & Francis E. (Gaines) Cowles, Pete was a lifelong resident of Glastonbury, a town he loved and served with pride until his passing. Pete enlisted in the United States Navy in 1952 and achieved the rank of Radarman 1st Class. He served aboard the USS Hornet (CV-12) from 1953 to 1955 and aboard the USS Wasp (CV-18) from 1955 until 1957. He was honorably discharged from the United States Navy in 1961 and remained active in Navy reunions throughout his life. Pete joined the Glastonbury Fire Department in 1951. During his time in the fire service he held the ranks of Firefighter, Rescue Lieutenant (1972), Rescue Captain (1992) and Deputy Chief (1995), before his retirement in 2009. He took great pride in developing and teaching various rescue techniques as well as designing Glastonbury’s Rescue 14, a 1988 Ranger/International heavy rescue which continues to serve Company 1. Pete worked throughout his retirement to compile and document a history of the Glastonbury Fire Department from its earliest roots to the present day. He was a respected mentor and friend to many firefighters, spanning multiple generations. Pete was a lifetime member of the Naubuc Fire Department Social Club and loved serving as Club Treasurer. He was instrumental in locating and restoring Naubuc’s first new engine, a 1923 American LaFrance. Pete loved and frequently held presentations for people to view the engine and learn about its history. Pete worked for over 50 years as a plumbing and heating representative for the E.W. Leonard Co., the Northland Boiler Co., and the Plimpton & Hills Corp. He was always eager to share his vast knowledge of plumbing and heating with all who were interested. Pete was an avid golfer and enjoyed professional golf, college basketball, and the New York Yankees. Pete was predeceased by his beloved wife, Carolyn M. (Peterson), his parents, and his brother James B. Cowles III.
He is survived by his son Steven Cowles and his partner Nancy Cusson of Glastonbury, his daughter Lynn Hayes and her husband Kevin of Mahopac, NY, his sisters Elizabeth Laneri of St. Petersburg, FL, Beverly Petersen of Redding, CA, and his grandsons Paul Piacentini of Oceanside, CA, Kevin Piacentini of Glastonbury, and Nick Hayes of Mahopac, NY. In addition to his family, Pete leaves behind countless friends.
A Christian Service in celebration of Pete’s life will be held at the Farley-Sullivan Funeral Home, 50 Naubuc Ave, Glastonbury, CT, on Monday, April 15, at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Green Cemetery, 99 Hubbard St., Glastonbury, CT. Calling hours will be held at the Farley-Sullivan Funeral Home, 50 Naubuc Ave, Glastonbury, CT, Sunday, April 14, from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00p.m. Donations in Pete’s memory may be made to the Naubuc Fire Department, P.O. Box 632, Glastonbury, CT 06033. To extend online condolences or for further information, please visit FarleySullivan.com.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, April 14th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    When
    Sunday, April 14th, 2019 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location
    Farley-Sullivan Funeral Home, Glastonbury
    Address
    50 Naubuc Avenue
    Glastonbury, CT 06033
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  • Service

    Monday, April 15th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Monday, April 15th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Farley-Sullivan Funeral Home, Glastonbury
    Address
    50 Naubuc Avenue
    Glastonbury, CT 06033
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    Officiant
    Rev. Richard Allen
  • Interment

    Location
    Green Cemetery Glastonbury
    Address
    Main Street & Hubbard Street
    Glastonbury, CT 06033
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Affiliations

  • Fire Department
  • US Navy

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George White

Posted at 01:06pm
Steve and family
My deepest sympathy, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
George White
JB

Jeff Brayfield

Posted at 01:01pm
Our deepest sympathies to cowles family - May happy memories fill your hearts in the toughest of times ahead. Pete was a great guy and will surely be missed by many. Jeff & Cheryl Brayfield
EL

ELIZABETH LANERI

Posted at 11:36am
RIP MY LITTLE BROTHER U WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART
D

D.F.

Posted at 09:28am
I am so sorry for your loss. May the words at Psalms 94:19 be a source of comfort to you at this difficult time.
ML

Morgan Leonard

Posted at 02:29pm
To Lynn, Steve, and the Cowles family, my heartfelt sympathies go out to you at your time of loss. Your father was a wonderful man and a great friend. I will always remember his good sense of humor and his willingness to step up and help others. He will be missed by many and forgotten by none.
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