Milford, Massachusetts – Robert E. Cowles, 76, son of Donald and Doris Cowles of Manchester, Connecticut, passed away on Tuesday May 4, 2021 surrounded by his loving family.
Bob was born in Manchester, Connecticut, and spent the formative years of his life in Manchester and Bolton, Connecticut. He met and married Marie Spera of Talcottville, Connecticut, in 1966 and had two daughters, Dawn and Darcy.
Bob and Marie moved to Waterbury Center, Vermont, when Bob accepted a sales position with the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company. After 15 years, he left Wrigley and joined Maxwell House Coffee. It wasn’t long before Maxwell House was acquired by Kraft Foods where Bob worked until his retirement in 2004. While at Kraft Foods, Bob started as a sales representative in Vermont and was quickly promoted to manager of account and transferred back to Connecticut. . During this time he brought in C&S Wholesales Grocers and worked out of the Windsor office. Less than a year later, Bob was promoted to Account Manager for the Kraft Cheese division using the Shaw’s Grocery head office in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Almost five years later, he was promoted to Retail Sales Manager assigned to the Shaw and Demoula head office teams.
It was around this time that Bob was assigned to manage the Boston PGA division for Kraft Foods. Kraft became a corporate sponsor for the Greater Hartford Open then played in Cromwell, Connecticut for eight years. Under Bob’s leadership, Kraft Foods supported the annual opening and he played in pro-am tournaments. During this time Bob became very active in golf, playing in numerous tournaments throughout the Boston area. It was also around this time that Bob began traveling to Myrtle Beach, SC, as well as Ocean City, MD, to play golf every year.
Ocean City hosted a 40-player tournament over a three-day period. Bob has won this tournament eight years in a row. He eventually focused on Myrtle Beach which he frequented for over 30 years. The regular eight-player crew went every year for a week in the spring and played the best courses Myrtle Beach had to offer. It was a period in Bob’s life that he watched with pride and passion for the sport.
What made Bob the happiest was Aruba. For over 30 years, Bob and Marie owned a timeshare at the Occidental Resort on Palm Beach in Aruba that they enjoyed with family and friends. The best years were when his grandchildren Meghan, Rachel and Cole joined him for a sunny week of snorkeling, swimming, gambling and Caribbean hospitality.
Funeral services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Bob’s name can be made to Salmon Hospice, 37 Birch Street, Milford, MA 01757.
Arranged by Buma-Sargeant Funeral Home, Milford, MA. Online comments can be made at bumafuneralhome.com.