MADISON - Allen C. "Al" Fowlie passed away on December 13, 2013 at the St. Mary's Care Center in Madison, Wisconsin.
Al was born on October 3, 1928, to William and Else (Behrendt) Fowlie in Stevens Point, WI. He attended Stevens Point Public School and graduated from high school in 1948 before moving to Madison in 1952, where he would reside for the next sixty years.
Al joined his friend, Nick George in Madison. Upon his relocation to Madison, Al was able to find a job, through the State Employment Office, with Automatic Temperature Supplies (ATS), a plumbing wholesale house on East Main Street. Due to his work ethic, diligence and loyalty, Al remained employed with ATS for 38 years until his retirement in 1990. His employment at ATS gave Al a collection of lifelong friendships and associations that ensured the enrichment of both Al’s life and the lives of those fortunate enough to know Al through his occupation.
Al was a true individual, one whom no person could ever be quick to forget. It would be impossible for anyone who set foot in his home not to notice his interest in history, especially the period from 1900 through the 1930s. His love of the era’s music was constantly amplified within the walls of his abode courtesy of the thousands of 78 RPS records he possessed from the early 20th Century. His collection of relics and heirlooms also included the kerosene lamps that he burned in his home so his rooms had a Victorian ambiance, the vast number of bound newspapers that he collected from the 1950s until the 1990s, and his exhaustive library of movies that he recorded and watched on his Beta and VHS recorders.
For years, Allen opened his house to serve Sunday morning breakfast to hungry college students attending the University of Wisconsin. At times, there would be up to 20 students at Allen’s doorstep. Those mornings consisted of great food along with insightful conversation. Many of those students became lifelong friends of Allen.
He is survived by his cousins David Behrendt of Edmonds, Washington and John Behrendt of Boulder, Colorado as well as his lifelong friend, Nick George, Nick’s wife Joan and the entire George Family. The Christmas Eves that Al spent in the George home year after year would always serve as some of Al’s happiest times.
He is also survived by the Sweeney Family of Madison. He touched the lives of three generations of Sweeneys through his association with Automatic Temperatures.
Al was a member of the Rosicrucian Order for over 50 years. He formulated many of his beliefs about life, death and reincarnation from studying the teachings of the order. As per his request, Al was cremated and his ashes were spread in order to “comingle with the earth.”
We would like to thank Dr. Albert Musa, his assistant Bette Macaulay and the entire staff of the Dean Clinic for their 20 years of excellent care that allowed Al to live a comfortable life despite his many ailments.
We also wish to thank the staff at St. Mary’s Care Center in Madison for their support and care of Al for the two years that he was a resident.
A memorial gathering will be held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 2, 2012, at JOYCE-RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 5701 Odana Road.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the charity of your choice.