John J. Bowler


John J. Bowler, 56, passed away unexpectedly on June 22, 2020. Born in Ithaca, he was the loving son of the late Kenneth and June Bowler.

After graduating from Ballston Spa High School, he went on to Ithaca College where he earned a BFA degree. John was a talented actor who worked in New York City, before moving back upstate to pursue his many interests.

John worked as a master carpenter with amazing skill and perfection. He was also able to put his acting talent to work in 2011 as the Host of National Geographic’s “Mad Scientists.”

His unlimited creative artistic abilities included playing music, writings and humorous illustrations. John was truly the definition of a present-day Renaissance Man.

A personal achievement of John’s was implementing and directing the Prospect Center’s Annual Volleyball Tournament for over two decades, along with his brother Chris.

John had three well known passions; his family, golf and his love for nature, which is how he spent his free time. Family and golf were tied for first place.

He is survived by his beloved wife Debbie, son Justin Eistertz (by marriage) and Trish; cherished granddaughter Ella, who adored her “Papa”; son Ben Eistertz (by marriage) and his wife Meaghan; brother Christopher (Karen); nephew Marcus Bowler (Crystal) and their children Hunter, Daniel and Estella; along with many aunts, uncles and cousins.

John was loved dearly by his family and many lifelong friends.

A celebration in honor of John’s life will be announced at a later date.

Guest Book

Donna Evans

You will be dearly missed at the Saratoga Home Depot. Rest In Peace my friend.

Sean Smith

John and I played golf together at times in our Thursday night league. John always asked me how I was doing and how my family was. He was such a kind, caring person and I will miss him. I’m so sorry for your loss.

Linda Langdon Galpin

I have always carried a piece of the Bowler family in my heart. They have always been very special starting with John’s grandfather and grandmother and his parents Ken and June. Always kind, caring and loving. I’m very sad for your family for this loss. I am sure there was a loving welcome in heaven for John.

Faith Thorne

Our hearts are heavy due to your passing! Your friends & family will miss you on earth, but you have many in heaven greeting you too!

Jim Kramar

He was a great human being and had a passion for love towards everyone that knew him. I will miss him dearly. ❤️

Jeffrey Winig

My condolences to John's family and friends. One of the reasons that I always looked forward to the Lake George Tournament was spending a couple of days in John's world. He loved the interaction with all the participants. I was also a big fan of "Mad Scientists". His wit and ingenuity were infectious! RIP John. You are missed.

Ellen Gillen - Johnstown, NY

This is sad news, indeed. As a friend of the family I send my condolences. John's mother and father were close, dear friends and together raised our individual families. John and Chris were just youngsters the last time we had visits and they were and are so loved. I am sure that our Heavenly Father welcomed John home into His Glorious Kingdom. I pray that all who mourn John keeps the faith. The faith that God is in charge and John is where he belongs at this time. I pray that those who love John has the strength to endure this difficult time. I pray that the love for John will never cease and his memory will live on through those who care. I pray for all his friends and family in Jesus name. Amen Although, I should be there to help, I am unable to be there physically. I am with you in spirit and this I know; John is loved and will be missed. You are all in my thoughts, in my constant prayers and you hold a giant portion of my heart. Ellen

Sean McCourt

I asked John to help me figure out how to efficiently store all of my shovels. He paused, then replied, “how many shovels do you need?” I sure will miss him.

Claudia Burlett

I didn’t know your brother,Chris. From what I’ve heard, he was a special man!! There are no words! Sending my love and prayers. I’m sure he and my son are planning a volleyball tournament!!

Valerie Boyd

John truly was a man of many amazing talents but as my dear friend, I personally will forever remember fondly his unique sense of humor and way of always making me feel so welcome in his and Debbie’s beautiful home (especially their kitchen where everyone loved to hang out) as he so willingly (and quite effortlessly I might add) prepared delicious dinners, all the while sharing stories that would make me laugh till I cried. Occasionally God places very special people in our life who make us better people to have known them. John was truly one of those special people who I was blessed to call my friend and privileged that he would call me his friend. John will always be missed, never forgotten. My sincere, heartfelt condolences to Debbie, Chris and their family.

Frances Close

Thank you Renaissance man for loving us as you did...so sad to see you go so soon. You will always be in our hearts. My sincerest sympathy to your beloved Deb, family, and closest friends. I will forever think of you when I here this sonnet.

Sonnet 18
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand’rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to Time thou grow’st.
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

Melissa North

I’ll always remember the good times playing ball at million dollar beach and Bonfire parties at your cottage. RIP John you may be gone but never forgotten Give Jimmy Brown a hug for me.

Kathy Vanselow

John was an amazing friend and fellow volleyball player. His smile always made you feel like you had a good friend. He left us way to soon, but we we will always carry him in our hearts. My love goes out to all his family and friends.

Jane Fletcher Beamish

So sorry to hear this. John was a class act, and was always kind. He had my dad, Don Fletcher, for a 5th grade teacher. Teachers aren’t supposed to have favorites, but John was truly one of my dad’s favorites.

Jameson Bradley

All my warmest thoughts and memories to John's family.

Phyllis Young, Reno, NV

John was like my 3rd son; truly loved and enjoyed. His sense of humor pulled me through some tough times. You are missed!

Sue Pollard

So sorry for your loss. He was an amazing young man.

Steve Norris

John was the host of my episode of “Mad Scientists”. He was an absolute joy to work with. His wit and humor lit up every scene. Although I only knew him briefly, I will surely miss him.