From Bowser's web site: "It is with the utmost sadness that we report that Lew English, Sr, co-founder of Bowser Manufacturing Company passed away on Feb 3, 2012. He was 93 years old. Lew is survived by his wife Shirlee, four children , Susan, Nancy, Lew Jr., and Lee, and ten grandchildren, and fourteen great great grand children and 3 great great great grandchildren. Lew was the inspiration for what is now the Bowser Manufacturing Company of Montoursville, PA. He was one of the pioneers in the model train business and was entered into the Model Railroading Hall of Fame just a few years ago. In 1961, Lew and Shirlee began the business in their basement in their home in Muncy, Pennsylvania, when they purchased not only the name but several steam engine kits from Bill Bowser in Redlands, California. Lew will not only be missed by his family but by all of the industry contacts that he made throughout his career. Bowser Manufacturing will continue under the direction of Lee K. English, current Bowser CEO.
"Bowser Mfg and English's Model Railroad will be closed Feb 8th for the Memorial Service."
Pennsy modelers are indebted to Bowser for their many PRR offerings over the past several decades. Thank you, Lew!