John BOWIS
FUNERAL HOME
Willetts Funeral Services Ltd
21 King Street
Whakatane , Bay of Plenty
BOWIS, John Wesley
Redman: MNZOM
John passed away on Thursday 23 December 2021 after losing his battle with cancer. Best friend and much-loved husband of Alison. Treasured and respected Dad of Simon and Campbell, friend to their partners Debbie and Anne-Carole, and dearly loved Pa to Max and Charlie. We are extremely proud of the way he coped with this terrible illness and of the person he was. We could not have asked for a better husband, father, friend and grandfather and he will be greatly missed, but his memory will be with us forever. We are extremely grateful for the wonderful care he received from the medical team at Whakatane Hospital and the love we have received from family and friends. A memorial celebration of John's life will be held on Friday 31 December 2021 at the Church of St George and St John Domain Road, Whakatane at 1.30pm. This is a vaccinated service; vaccine passes will be required to enter, however there is no limit on how many can attend. Communications to the Bowis family, C/- PO Box 2070, Whakatane 3159 or online at
willettsfuneralservices.co.nz.



Published by Dominion Post on Dec. 28, 2021.
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Sincere condolences to Alison and the family on John's death. He was a lovely person whom we knew through church for many years.
Philippa and Penny Hales
January 1, 2022
John was a wonderful man who gave so much of his life to people from all walks of life. He led Save The Children NZ for many years and contributed greatly to the cause as an inspirational and unselfish Chief Executive .I was privileged to have worked with John and knew him well as a Rotary colleague. My deepest sympathy to Alison and family. RIP John
Peter McLaren
December 31, 2021
We have known John since the late 1960´s when he was appointed a Farm Advisor to The Mid Northland Farm Improvement Club. Clients still remember him with affection for all the help and advise he provided to them. John was a valued friend and Partner in Ashworth´s & Associates The first and largest Private Agricultural Consultancy Practice in New Zealand. John managed first the Northland practice after I moved to Morrinsville and later the Whakatane Office. John was a completely trustworthy member of the partnership and provided years of dedicated service to The Agricultural Advisory and Farm Valuation services the Firm provided. John was a good man to know and we are saddened by his passing.
Tim & Kate Johnston
Friend
December 30, 2021
I knew John in the 1980s when he was a farm adviser for our farm , I always respected , his philosophy of working with the environment with lower cattle numbers per hectare and micro nutrients for herd health, ideas that were ahead of the time You deserve the respect you also achieved in the farming community Mr Bowis
Ian Davies
Work
December 30, 2021
We were so very sorry to hear the sad news. John was such a good neighbour and friend during the memorable holidays we spent next door at West End. We had a lot of fun and laughter and will always remember him with love and affection. He was a thoroughly good man who will be deeply missed.
Sue and David Cox. Kent, England.
Friend
December 30, 2021
Thoughts and prayers are with you Alison and whanau as I recall John´s leadership and kindness when I worked with him at Save the Children. John was my `Uber´ driver long before that even became a thing, he opened his door to staff to enjoy his and Alison´s hospitality, he asked about my family mostly scattered overseas, and stopped to listen. Thinking of John writing support letters when needed and creating a work environment that enabled me to work and parent in a new home away from home. He worked tirelessly and selflessly to protect the best interest of vulnerable children and his footprint went beyond Aotearoa New Zealand. John fought a good fight and ran a good race. Aotearoa New Zealand´s history of children´s rights and international development has a chapter for John Bowis, MNZM. MHDSRIP. Mercy
Mercy Jumo
Work
December 30, 2021
Dear Alison and whanau. We were saddened and shocked to hear of Johns death. We have wonderful memories of the times we all spent together in South Africa. John was a beautiful man with a kind heart. Please accept our sincere condolences. Our thoughts are with you. Love from us both.
Karen and Ron Roberts
Friend
December 30, 2021
Shocked to hear this news just now. John was a staunch supporter of ADATS and Coolie Sangha children. Warm and amusing memories of his numerous visits to Bagepalli keep flooding our minds... So sorry, Alison.
Ram and Mario Esteves
December 29, 2021
Great memories of working with John at Save the Children. Learnt a lot from him re passion and commitment. He was a true advocate for children and Save the Children. On his last day at Save NZ on retirement staff lined up and clapped him out of the office. Happy memories of the hospitality towards staff of John and Alison at their home in the Hutt. My condolences
Debbie petlueng
Work
December 29, 2021
I worked at Save the Children under Johns leadership for 7 years 2003-2010. I learnt a lot from John regarding passion and commitment to a cause. He was a gentleman at all times in his dealings with staff and partners. I remember the day he retired and the staff forming a line of honour and clapping him out of the office as he entered the lift. He was helpful to me in the years following by always giving me great references for jobs I applied for. My condolences to Alison. I remember many staff dinner evenings at your home in the Hutt.
Debbie Petlueng
December 29, 2021
Hi Alison and family. I remember John as a good, kind man during my time at Save the Children NZ. My best wishes to you all. Cheers. Marty
Martyn Knottenbelt
December 29, 2021
Very sad at this news and sending best love and condolences to Alison. We so enjoyed our times together.
Peter and Helen Benge
Friend
December 28, 2021
So sorry to hear about John. He was a living legend - a man in a million - and he will be sorely missed by many in the community for all the work he did during his lifetime. On a personal level our condolences go to Alison, Simon and Campbell and families at their great loss.
The Eathornes at Pomare Road
Friend
December 28, 2021
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