SEARSPORT – William G. Bowen, 80, died July 24, 2004, at a Belfast hospital. He was born Aug. 17, 1923, in New York City, N.Y., the son of James and Barbara (Nocar) Bowen. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving during World War II. Bill and his wife, Frances, owned and operated the Ice Cream Parlor briefly after moving to Searsport in the mid-1970s. Later Bill became the custodian for the Searsport District Junior High School, where he is fondly remembered by students and teachers for his many kindnesses. During this time, he taught woodcarving to both young people and adults. After retiring from the school district, Bill was employed and later volunteered at the Penobscot Marine Museum, where he was renowned for both his storytelling and for the hundreds of hand carved miniature “bean boots” he distributed to all who visited him. He played Santa Claus for area children and pets for many years, passing out as many as 300 hand carved teddy bears each Christmas and posing for photos with pets to raise funds for the local animal shelter. In 1994, Bill was given the channel 5 Good Neighbor Award in recognition of his many years of kindness, good advice and service to the community. He is survived by three children, Debbie Ferranini and her husband, Larry, of Florida, William Bowen of New Jersey, and Cindy Pommerencke and her husband, Kenneth, of New York; one brother, Jeremiah Bowen of New Jersey; one sister, Betty Italiano of Arizona; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He will also be remembered by special friends, Bruce and Joan Probert of Searsport. He was predeceased by his wife, Frances C. Bowen, on Oct. 3, 1999. Visiting hours for family and friends will be held 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Young Funeral Home, 31 West Main St., Searsport, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Arlin T. Larson officiating. Interment will be in the Village Cemetery, Searsport. Donations may be made in his memory to the Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport, ME 04974.