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Charles “Bud” Chester Bowman III
January 9, 1968 ~ December 15, 2023 (age 55) 55 Years Old
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On December 15, 2023, Charles C. Bowman III, passed away peacefully with family at his side. Cherished father of son, Chase L. Bowman; beloved son of the late Carole and Charles C. Bowman, Jr., dear brother of Tracy D. Hollar and her husband Joseph and Dennis F. Bowman; cherished uncle of Autumn L. Bowman, Joseph Bucci, Jessica Bucci Pedley, Alexandra Lugenbeel, Kyle and Robert Pope, and Brett and Avery Sesney. Bud is also survived by loving extended family, his loyal canine “daughter”, Luna, and a devoted Bear Creek Recreation Baseball family.
Bud held a passion and loyalty for all things Baltimore and found Ocean City, Maryland to be his lifelong happy place. His devotion included faithfully supporting his favorite teams, The Ravens and The Orioles, and taking great interest in Baltimore’s rich history (especially when that history centered around Baltimore’s historic role in the brewing industry). As a young man living in South Baltimore, Bud relished in the opportunities of his city living years to experience live music, fresh local foods, a growing variety of microbrew craft beers, and support local small businesses. He especially enjoyed attending the city’s many summertime street festivals. During these same years, Bud and his childhood friend, Howie, had a dream to open their own microbrew pub. While both still holding full-time jobs, they worked to gather research, build relationships, develop a formal business plan, and successfully secure financing to open “The Globe Brewing Company” on Key Highway in 1995. Honoring a commitment to local history, they chose the name from Baltimore’s original 1888 producer of Arrow Beer, Globe Brewing.
The next two years brought marriage to Shelly M. Bradley in September 1996 and the birth of son, Chase, in December 1997. Bud continued his hospitality industry events career after the Globe closed in 1998. In fatherhood, Bud found his next great pride and devotion. He coached Chase in youth league teams spanning five different sports and then supported Chase’s boxing activities when he outgrew interest in team sports. Bud most valued his time with Chase sharing his enthusiasm for trivia, Ocean City, music, vinyl record collecting, and concertgoing.
After Chase outgrew youth sports, Bud decided he still had more to give to the youth sports community. In 2012, he took initiative to breathe new life into, once strong but defunct, Bear Creek Recreation Baseball Program. He saw the need for baseball in the area, recruited parents to help coach, and worked to onboard more kids to the program. Over a span of 11 years, “Coach Bud” efforts led to fielding teams from age groups between T-Ball and 18U, including year-round travel teams in multiple age groups. Bud also took accountability for groundskeeping and worked tirelessly clearing water and grooming the fields to ensure they were always playable. He even reached out to the Orioles’ head groundskeeper for advice. Most recently, Bud chose to come out of retirement to coach a Bear Creek 18U team in the MLB-sponsored RBI League. At the time, Bud was still running Bear Creek Recreation Baseball but stepped away from active coaching roles while undergoing cancer treatments. When Coach Bud put out the call to say he wanted “his boys” to come back and play for him again, more than 15 past players answered the call; some even came back to offer support in coaching roles. This year, Bud was honored to coach the RBI 18U All-Star team at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Leading 4 of his own players, and 20 players from other teams, he sat atop his bucket looking out over the most beautiful field in all of baseball, and he was in his glory. It was the culmination of years of hard work and dedication. In his honor, Bear Creek Field 2 will be named “Coach Bud’s Diamond”. Players and coaches for all Bear Creek teams will also honor Coach Bud by wearing his initials on their uniforms for the 2024 season.
A celebration of life will be held after year end holidays with due notice. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Bud’s St. Jude’s Children Hospital Memorial Fund or BARCS Animal Shelter. (please see link below)