Patrick Edward Bowes

September 15, 2022

On September 15, 2022, Patrick Bowes, 64, passed away peacefully after living eight years with ALS. He was surrounded by those he loved most in this world, his wife and best friend of 41 years, Nancy (Mollica) and his five children, Elyse, Daniel, Caroline, James and Mark, all of Charlotte. 

Pat grew up in Camillus, NY along with his sisters Coleen (Toombs), Carol (Cannizzo) and brother Thomas Bowes.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Joyce and Peter Bowes. 

Immediately following college, Pat began his career in the insurance industry, working diligently to earn several designations:  Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter where he served as president of the Charlotte Chapter, Associate in Risk Management and Certified Risk Manager.  In 1991 Pat made the wise decision to move with his family to Charlotte, NC continuing his insurance career with Royal Sun Alliance, Wells Fargo and in 2018 ending his career as Chief Claim Officer at Sompo America. Those who worked under his leadership over the years praised him as a leader with integrity, kindness and compassion who always promoted harmony and unity within his team. 

Pat was a model of courage and resilience in the face of an overwhelmingly devastating disease. Throughout the eight years following his diagnosis, he never once complained or expressed self-pity, despite losing the ability to participate in so much of what he enjoyed in life.  Pat loved a day on the golf course with friends, detailing cars and going out to eat with his family.  He continued to display his joy, happiness, and amazing sense of humor throughout. His tenacity and grace were truly an example for us all.

Pat’s passing leaves us with a huge loss, but we are thankful for all he taught us about leading a life of courage in the face of adversity.  The world was a brighter place when we were in Pat’s presence.  We will love and miss him always.

Special thanks to the clergy and people of Matthews UMC and the Homebuilders Sunday School Class.  Both were instrumental in Pat’s faith walk and helped him to live as the best version of himself.

Many thanks go out to the staff of Atrium Neuroscience Institute and Hospice of Charlotte

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, September 26, 2022 at Matthews United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Matthews United Methodist Church, 801 South Trade Street, Matthews, NC 28105 or The Joe Martin ALS Foundation, 100 N. Tryon Street, Suite 3420, Charlotte, NC 28202. 

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC; 28204 (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at

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  • Patrick donegan

    Pat was a real role model to me when we meet and played years of softball ? together such a great guy we had many days of laughs and talks I'm so sorry to hear this news truly a Great man God Bless !!

  • Bob Capreol

    I worked with Pat at Royal and Sompo, and participated in non work events with him such as softball, golf and CPCU. He was such a pleasure to work with since he always had a way to put you at ease. He was just a pleasure to be around, an overall terrific guy...Pat you will be missed. Cap

  • Tom & Kris Jackson

    We are so so sorry to hear of Pat's passing. He truly was a great man. Our thoughts & prayers for all Pat's family.??

  • Tim & Patty Carter

    Nancy we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family. We first met Pat in the Homebuilders Sunday Class at Matthews UMC. We always enjoyed our talks with Pat. Tim worked with Pat at Sompo and always enjoyed hearing updated on your children.

  • George Webster

    Pat and I went to college together at Canton We ended up living together in the dorm because Pat had special privileges we would go down into the RA‘s lounge eat goldfish the crackers and believe it or not I have a few beers and watch Star Trek episodes we always had a great time he was a wonderful man. He was also the goalie on the lacrosse team He had never been a goalie before as far as I know but he was fearless just like you he was in life God bless sleep well

  • April (Wademan) Neave

    What an amazing and wonderful man. A smile that would brighten your day. Such a gift from God.
    My thoughts and prayers are with Nancy, your children and Colleen, Carol and Tom.
    With much love from myself and the extended Wademan Families.

  • Patrick Campbell

    We are saddened to hear of Pat Bowes passing from his long battle with ALS. We sincerely wish to express our condolences to Nancy, their children, and Pat’s siblings.

    We met Pat Bowes when he joined our “Nads” softball team a generation ago. It was obvious from the first practice, that he and Nancy were a perfect fit for our group. The fact that he was a great athlete and could hit a softball a country mile was certainly a welcome and needed attribute for our team. But the thing we will remember most about Pat was his always present smile and upbeat and friendly attitude. He made others better just by being around him. He certainly won a few softball games for us with clutch hits, but his greater accomplishment was his ability to elevate the play of his teammates by his demonstration of great sportsmanship and his natural ability to play the game the right way. He was the player we all wanted to be because he always played as a gentleman.

    Of course, not all our memories of Pat are about softball. Our group had many get-togethers with family picnics, parties and camping trips and Pat and Nancy were right there in the middle of it all.

    We all are so fortunate to be able to call Pat and Nancy Bowes our dear friends, and we will greatly miss Pat! He will be forever in our prayers.

    Pat & Judy Campbell

  • Bob Badger

    Nancy, Elyse, Daniel, Caroline, James & Mark:
    I want to express our deepest sympathies and let you all know our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Though the years have slipped by and we’ve all pursued different lives, please know that as Pat’s cousin, my and our love for family has always sustained. Pat’s laughter and sense of humor from our childhood will always be remembered, cherished and missed. Hold your memories close and be happy for all the wonderful times you shared.

  • Rocky Young

    Nancy our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family for such a terrible loss. I will forever remember Pat and his infectious smile and unique positive love and attitude towards his family, friends and life. We enjoyed many a Friday night after softball and our very very early golf outings. He will forever be remember fondly. Love Rocky

  • Molly Hedrick

    I met Pat and Nancy when they were in college together and we all knew then they were inseparable. When we luckily moved in to the same neighborhood in Matthews, far from our hometowns, I had the great fortune of getting to know them better and see their beautiful children grow up into amazing adults. We will all miss Pat and his terrific sense of humor. Much love goes out to Nancy and the kids. So very sorry for your loss.

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