Anne Dowie, mother of retired Kearny Police Chief John Dowie, dies aged 96

Anne Virginia Dowie (née Kelly), 96, of Jupiter, Florida, formerly of Kearny, died peacefully at her home on June 24, 2022.

Born March 29, 1926 in North Arlington, New Jersey, she spent most of her life in New Jersey before moving to Jupiter, Florida in 2001.

Anne was the youngest daughter of a working-class family hit hard by the Great Depression. In 1939, she began dating the love of her life, John Dowie, who returned from the Pacific Theater in World War II with a Purple Heart.

They were married for 65 years until his death in 2015.

Together they embodied the American dream, both graduating from Kearny High School, raising two children and sharing long careers in public service for the town of Kearny – Anne in the building code department and secretary of the town planning and zoning.

“Nana”, as her grandchildren called her, advised them to “always keep their dignity” and to put all the money she gave them directly in the bank. She was a dedicated supporter of opportunities for young women through her work with the Philanthropic and Educational Organization (PEO) and volunteered at the Jupiter Lighthouse well into her 90s.

She was also crazy about Frank Sinatra, whom she liked to listen to the most with a Dewars on the rocks.

Anne was predeceased by her husband John, her two older sisters Gertrude and Mary and her parents Frank and Catherine Kelly. She leaves behind her son, retired Kearny Police Chief John Dowie and his wife Ann de Kearny; his daughter Suzanne DeLuca and her husband Jeffrey of Jupiter, Florida; and his five grandchildren Catherine and Jonathan Dowie and Jeff, Joshua and Jesse DeLuca.

We invite you to share in a celebration of service of life on Friday, July 29 at 3 p.m. at the Abacoa Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation or Autism Speaks.




Kevin A. Canessa Jr. is the editor and broadcaster of The Observer, a place where he has worked on and off since 2006. including the weekly editorial), making live broadcasts on facebook live, including a weekly news recap – and much more behind the scenes. Between 2006 and 2008, he presented his very first blog to the newspaper, which included podcasts, audio and video. Originally from Jersey City, Kevin lived in Kearny until 2004, lived in Port St. Lucie. Florida, for four years until February 2016 and in March of that year he returned to West Hudson to return full time to The Observer. Click on here to email Kevin.



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