MARTIN P. BOWLES
Martin Patrick Bowles was born on
April 20, 1933 to James and Margaret
Bowles, a small farming family in County
Sligo, Ireland. In all, there were five
boys and one girl in the family - Jim,
Brian, Frank, Brendan and of course
Margaret. Margaret became my wife in
1963 and unfortunately she passed away
in 1987. She is buried at Fort Sam
Houston. May she Rest in Peace.
Living conditions in Ireland
in the 1950s were rather tough Martin
worked on the farm and did odd jobs
locally. He eventually secured
employment at the Prince of Wales
Hotel in Athlone, in Co. Westmeath.
Hours were long, work was hard, pay
was poor and with little hope for
advancement or promotion, Martin, like so many others
of his generation at the time decided to emigrate. Having
an Uncle in the New York area, he chose the United States.
With his experience in the hostelry industry, he
had little difficulty in getting a job with a major hotel
in Manhattan where he stayed until he was drafted into
the U S Army.
After boot camp, Martin was trained as a Medical
Corpsman, right here at Fort Sam Houston (San Antonio,
Texas). He was then posted to Germany where his primary
function was as an ambulance driver. Discharged from the
Army in 1957, Martin, with his driving experience,
applied and got a job with the New York Transit Authority
as a bus driver. After diligently and faithfully plying
the streets and avenues of Manhattan he retired in 1983.
The following year, he married the love of his life - Josie.
Martin and Josie visited us in San Antonio at
Christmas 1985, fell in love with our Texas weather and
hospitality and decided to leave the bitter winters of
up-state New York and move here to San Antonio in 1986.
Determined to keep himself busy, Martin got a job with the
Northside Independent School District (NISD) as - guess
what - a school bus driver. Josie also worked on the
same bus as Martin as an attendant to handicapped students.
After 10 years with the NISD Martin eventually
packed it in, retired for good and really enjoyed his status
as a retiree.
We will all miss him.
May he Rest in Peace.
April 20, 1933 to October 18, 2013