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Brice passed peacefully away on November 19 at the age of 90 after a short stay at M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center. He was predeceased by his parents Brice and Ruth Bowerman, his brother Alan, his sister Carol, and his son-in-law Stanley Rosen. He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Nancy Bowerman; his children Linda (Fred) Armstrong, Mary Lou Rosen, Cheryl (Tom) Leatherman, and Bill; his grandchildren David (Alice) DeMaille, David (Nicole) Wagner, Bryan (Amanda) Wagner, Ian (Julia) Armstrong, Derek (Jess) Armstrong, Max Rosen, Marley Rosen; eight great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and many friends.
Brice was a hard-working, intelligent, talented man who was a good provider for his family throughout his life. He left his parents’ farm right after high school to work at the American Can, and then at the suggestion of his high school guidance counselor he went to work at Kodak. Brice and Nancy met at the Pumpkin Hook Carnival (he played cornet and marched in the Drum and Bugle Corp) and were married in June, 1952. Brice went to night school at the U of R to earn his Bachelor’s degree while raising his four children and working two jobs. He worked as a Kodak chemist for 35 years and then worked for another 10 years for the Post Office. While working full-time, he also worked part-time tending bar, primarily at the Farm Restaurant.
Brice had many interests and was a life-long learner. In his younger years he served as the Commissioner of Victor’s Little League Baseball. For his own interest he built a radio, a calculator, and a television. He worked at crossword puzzles and the Jumble every day, and he faithfully read several science magazines until his failing eyesight prohibited it. He was also the organizer for his Class of 1950, putting together class reunions and making sure that as many classmates as possible attend the annual Victor Alumni Banquet. Music was a big part of Brice’s life, initially with Country and Western music and big band music, and eventually appreciating a wide variety. He and Nancy faithfully attended live music events, especially the music in the Side Room at Buffalo Bill’s in Shortsville. Just before entering the nursing home, Brice and Nancy enjoyed live music at Parkside Poets in Canandaigua. Carrying on the century-old family tradition of Bluebell Sunday was very important to Brice. He drove the tractor and wagon across the creek for many, many years, and has now passed the torch to his son-in-law and grandson. Brice remained active throughout his life. He played in softball leagues, bowling leagues, and golf leagues. Playing golf and squash helped keep him in shape until his early 80s.
Brice’s life revolved around his family, especially taking pride and joy in his grandchildren. He was loved and well-respected by family and friends. He will especially be remembered for the jokes he loved to tell and the limericks he wrote and shared. For those who knew Brice, you will understand that he did not want calling hours or a funeral, but he did want us to have a party. We will honor his request in the spring when the bluebells bloom.