Foster City Lions Club
Sadly, with a heavy heart that I am letting you know of the passing of Lion Mal Stowell on September 26th. Lion Mal served the Foster City Lions club as president in 1985-86, past PCL president, past District 4-C4 Zone and Region Chair. serving the Reno Host Lions as president.
Malcolm “Mal” Stowell, 70, passed away Saturday morning, Sept 26, 2015 at Renown after his battle with cancer. During his illness, Mal displayed a sense of courage and grace admired by his close friends; he was always more concerned about his wife, Maria, since her stroke, and how she was coping than he was about himself.
Mal was born Jan 19, 1945 in England to Gilbert and Norah Stowell. The family immigrated to Canada in 1950 where Mal became a cold weather loving hockey playing Canuck until his sophomore year in high school (to this day friends can’t comprehend how he could pal around in freezing weather in a short sleeved shirt), when the family again immigrated to San Jose, CA. There, Mal met his neighbor Maria who was destined to later become his wife of 46 yrs.
Mal graduated from San Jose State in 1967, was drafted into the Army, and became a citizen. He soon found himself a “dust-off” radioman in the 9th Infantry Div. stationed with an isolated MASH unit in the Delta of South Vietnam. During the 1968 Tet Offensive, he found himself the recipient of a Purple Heart after climbing the radio tower during a Viet Cong mortar barrage to repair damaged communications gear, re-establishing contact with neighboring units requesting Medevacs. While in Vietnam, Mal proposed to his sweetheart, Maria, on a MARS satellite telephone connection; certainly not the most romantic of conditions, but romantic enough for the happy couple.
After his return home, they married, and he began his career in HR with the John Hancock INS Co until his retirement in 1998. It was during those work years that he became involved with the Foster City Lions, serving as President, Zone and Region Chair, immersing himself in charitable projects that typify Lionism. Perhaps the most memorable of his experiences in the Foster City Lions, however, was his annual production of the Blues Brothers, featuring himself working with musical and comedy partner Lynn Dreezen for the entertainment of the attendees at District Conventions and Annual Meetings.
After his retirement, he and Maria relocated to Reno, Nevada, where he once again became active with the Lions, joining Reno Host. In this new club he served as Secretary and President, a position he held when he passed away. Always social, Mal loved to attend District and Annual Conventions, reacquainting with old friends and meeting new ones.
Mal was predeceased by his mother, father, and sister. He leaves behind his wife of 46 yrs, Maria and his niece Andrea Lockwood, many cousins in England, and his many longtime friends in the Lions.
Services for Mal will be held in Fernley, NV at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Mon, Oct 12 at 11 am. A Celebration of life will follow at Maria’s sister’s house, 951 University Place Reno NV 89512.
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His community dedication and spirit will be truly missed.
Lion Cindy Smith
Foster City Lions Club Bulletin Editor
District 4-C4 Sunshine Chair
The district extends its sincerest condolences to the Stowell family in this time of sorrow.
– District Governor Macy Mak Chan