Boyd McDowell, 86 of Pershing Street, Ellwood City, passed away on Monday, July 20, 2015 at Allegheny General Hospital. Born on April 26, 1929 in Venango County, PA he was the son of the late Fred and Nettie Donaldson McDowell. He married the former Mary Ellen Vogt on January 8, 1951. Boyd owned and operated McDowell's Hotel and the Amber Room in Ellwood City. He was a Veteran of the US Army, serving during the Korean War. An avid golfer, Boyd was a former member of the Connoquenessing Country Club and Del-Mar Golf Course. He had three holes in one during his lifetime. Boyd served on the board of directors of AAA and he loved animals, especiall his dogs. Boyd is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen McDowell, his son and daughter in law, Rick and Elaine McDowell, son, Wade McDowell, all of Ellwood City, a grandson, Josh McDowell, great-grandson, Pierce McDowell, several nieces and a nephew; Judy McDowell of Ellwood City, Alice Clark of New Castle, Bob McDowell of Ellwood City, Linda Chenoweth of Roswell, GA and Beth Manning of Valencia, CA and a sister-in-law, Patricia Turner of Ellwood City. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers; Paul, Kenneth and Edsel McDowell and a sister, Lois McDowell. Friends will be received on Thursday, July 23rd from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday at 8:00 PM with Pastor Sean Brubaker of Calvin UP Church. Full military rites will be conducted by the Veteran's Honor Guard. Interment will take place in Holy Redeemer Cemetery.
Dave and I are so sorry we are unable to be with you to say good-bye to Uncle Boyd, but our family is with you in spirit with heavy hearts. Today we should celebrate the wonderful man he was with the memories we will fondly cherish. It is a big role being a father, husband, and uncle, but Uncle Diz played the part well with strength, laughter, courage and love. Not only did he love his wife and family unconditionally, but also he loved animals and found comfort in his waining years with the company of Kelsey, who Judy so graciously shared, to keep Uncle Boyd's spirits up. My fondest memories as a child were our weekly Sunday dinners, after church, at Grandma Vogt's house. As dutiful children: Rick, Wade, Beth and I had to spend the entire day, use good manners at the table, or suffer the consequences. It was invariably Uncle Diz who administered the punishment if someone misbehaved,(Rick), so we soon learned that Sunday was family day and all protocol would be followed! We look back on those days and smile, having children of our own. Uncle Boyd was truly an uncle to my husband, Dave, as well. One of Dave's fondest memories is when Boyd and MaryEllen were in Atlanta. Dave had an extra ticket to The Masters in Augusta. Uncle Diz.was thrilled to scoop up that ticket! They had a "ball!" The past several years have been filled with health issues, but in my opinion, if you want to test a man's character, observe his courage and how he deals with pain. As uncomfortable as he was, when Beth and I came to Ellwood to visit mom, no matter how "poorly" he felt, Uncle Diz would insist on making "sauce" and having us over to eat. But his favorite outing, complete with oxygen and an extra tank in reserve, was to go to Paglia's in New Castle for dinner. The ride was difficult, his breath was short, but his strength and preservance kicked in. He refused to " go gentle into that good night!" ( Dylan Thomas). We went to Paglia's. Our last trip was for Mother's Day. So happy we went. Dave, my children and I, are with you in spirit today and always. When Dave has recovered from his surgery, we will come home to celebrate Uncle Diz and the sweet, courageous man he was. We love him very much.
We are so sorry we can't make the trip to say goodbye to Uncle Boyd but we will be there with you in spirit. As I think back to my childhood, I recall what a great guy to have for an uncle, because he made every occasion more fun! As we grew older, we looked forward to coming back to Ellwood and seeing "Uncle Diz" because he would cook amazing dinners for us, and entertain us no matter how bad he felt. Uncle Diz had a big personality and sometimes showed a tough exterior, but he was a true family man with a much softer side when it came to the people he cared about. And, let's not forget what a dog-lover he was! He loved and cared for his dogs like family members, and they loved him back in return. And I can't forget to mention what a hard-working guy he was. He put in endless hours at the hotel for many years, and me and it showed me a good example of what it meant to own a business and how hard you have to work when you are responsible for it's success. Uncle Diz shouldered that responsibility not only for his family but for the hotel employees who depended on him, as well, and they may not have realized it, but he cared deeply about each and every one of them. He never gave up on anything, including his battle to be healthy when his got older and his body started to let hin down. I've never seen anyone fight so hard to keep going... very impressive effort indeed. I could go on and on.... I loved him very much and we will truly miss him. Steve and I will be there in spirt tomorrow and Friday, and we will get together in the very near future with the family to celebrate his life and remember all the good times, and great food, with Uncle "Diz" XOXOXOXOXO
I am sorry for your loss and hope that memories of a life well lived give you comfort.
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