James Mowat III

Published May 18, 2017 at 4:00pm

James Mowat III of Venice, FL, born July 26, 1934, raised in Mexico, Maine, son of the late Dorothy Bryant and James Mowat II, passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Sunday, April 23, 2017, at the age of 82.

He was predeceased by the two loves of his life – Dona Maloy of Gardiner, Maine 44 years and Catherine Mugnai of Venice, Florida 15 years. 

Jim will be missed by many for his kindness, wisdom and sense of humor. He will be remembered as a wonderful father and an incredible man that faithfully served his country in the US Navy and US Air Force in avionics and metrology, retiring after 23 years as a SMSgt, he served an additional 20 years as a civilian.  Jim earned many commendations, including the Bronze Star. Helping veterans and their families in need was an utmost priority for him. He served as president of his union, commander of VFW Posts 2246 in Rome, NY, and 8118 in Venice, FL.

Jim was active in numerous fraternal organizations in addition to being a Shriner, 32° Master Mason and member of the Scottish Rite for over 50 years. He lived throughout the U.S. and abroad during his military career settling in Rome, NY. Though he retired to the warmth of Florida in 1994, Jim was an avid reader of the Rumford Falls Times, a subscriber for many years and is remembered to always ask, “What is the temperature in Mexico, Maine right now?” followed by a chuckle.

He was predeceased by two siblings Terance Mowat and Bonnie Dee (Mowat) Fircak, in-laws Tom McCusker and Mishael, Doris, and Loretta Maloy, and step-children DebbyLee Murch and John Maher.

Jim is survived by many dear friends and his three daughters: Heather Mowat (Richard Sherman) of New York, Jamie (Brian) Young of Connecticut, and Heidi (Joseph) Povinelli of North Carolina; stepdaughter: CindyLee (Ray)Thurston of Maine; five grandsons: Patrick and Joey Povinelli, James, Thomas and Ian Young; siblings: Patricia (Mowat) McCusker and Kirk (Barbara) Mowat; in-laws: Ginny Mowat, Patricia (Roaldo) Percoco, Betty Mugnai, and Alexander (Kathy) Mugnai; stepchildren: Mike (Debbie) Maher, Kathy (Mike) Armes, and Steve (Cheryl) Maher; his Uncle Tommy (Delores) Mowat; and nieces and nephews, cousins, and step-grand and great grandchildren.

Funeral services with military honors will take place Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 11:00 am at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Venice, Florida. Burial with American Legion honors will take place Monday, May 22, 2017 at 11:00 am at Sarasota National Cemetery.  Donations may be made in the memory of James Mowat III to the VFW National Veterans Services, VFW.org.