Bryan P. Bowerman, 76 of Bristol, passed away on Nov. 11, 2018.
He was born in Bristol on Apr. 29, 1942, and was the son of the late George and Vivian (Pratt) Bowerman. Bryan was a lifelong resident of Bristol, graduating from Bristol Eastern High School in 1960. He went on to the University of Connecticut, graduating with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Management. In 1965, he received his MBA in Finance from the University of Massachusetts as well as graduating from the Graduate School of Credit and Finance Management at Dartmouth University. He served in the United States Army Reserves from 1966 to 1971. Bryan began his banking career with Hartford National Bank in 1965, following graduation from the University of Connecticut. He served as Executive Vice President at Society for Savings, various executive management positions at Fleet Bank and served as President and CEO of the Bank of Southington. He then became the President of Farmington Savings Bank in 1998, as well as the Chairman of the Board.
He prevailed through prosperous times and recessions, had a passion for a challenge, helped introduce new banking technologies and sustained through more than a few mergers. His main focus throughout his entire career was helping people and his community. Bryan retired in 2008, after more than four decades in banking. Bryan had a record of strong community involvement and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Bankers Association and served on governing boards of many institutions and organizations, including Tunxis Community College, Wheeler Clinic, Bristol Hospital, Mutual Investment Fund of Connecticut and the Main Street Community Foundation.
Bryan had a spontaneous wit that was shared and appreciated by so many. He touched so many lives and never met a stranger he did not know. He also enjoyed golf, baseball, cars and traveling.
He leaves his daughters, Stacey (Bowerman) Zinzalet and Karen Bowerman; as well as grandchildren, Jenna Zinzalet, Samantha Lorton and Steven Zinzalet. He is also survived by his best friend, Michael Drouin; brother-in-law, David Westwood, Timothy Bishop and his extended family and very close friends, Patty Theriault and John and Kathy Hangan.
He was predeceased by his parents, as well as his sister, Susan Westwood.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the LiveWell formerly The Alzheimer's Resource Center community for the wonderful care that they provided. Relatives and friends may call at O'Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Ave. Forestville, CT on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Gregory the Great Church, 235 Maltby St Bristol, CT. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet directly at the church. Committal service and entombment with Military Honors will follow at Holy Family Mausoleum in St. Joseph Cemetery, 522 Terryville Ave., Bristol. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation to be made to The Main Street Community Foundation, 120 Halcyon Dr. Bristol, CT 06010. To leave an online message of condolence, share a memory or a photo, visit Bryan's tribute page at www.OBRIEN-FUNERALHOME.com .