Ira D. Fowler

Ira “Dean” Fowler passed away Feb. 22, 2013.

He was born in Canada on July 31, 1930. He was the son of the late George and Della (Noyes) Fowler, and was raised in Crystal Beach, Canada.

Mr. Fowler was an independent carpenter, contractor and master builder. He also owned and operated the legendary Fowler’s Taffy Stand, which services county fairs and festivals throughout Western New York and Pennsylvania.

Along with candy making, he will be lovingly remembered as an avid outdoorsman, expert fisherman, and golf enthusiast, not to mention an eager four hour long game of cards. Mr. Fowler was also a proud member of Fowler Brothers Construction and the International Independent Showman’s Association.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Inez (Reeks) Fowler; three brothers: Jack Fowler of Sarasota, George Fowler of Lilly Dale, N.Y., and Don Fowler of Sarasota; two sisters: Ruth Littlewood of Sarasota and Estelle Leworthy of Dunkirk, N.Y.

Survivors include his children: son, Dennis Fowler of Sarasota, and daughter, Pam Fowler of Sarasota; four granddaughters: April Fowler of Valrico, Fla., Amy Peerless of Valrico, Fla., Amanda Sharp of Corryton, Tenn. and Katie Letterman of Sarasota; seven great- grandchildren; and countless nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his name to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 34238; or Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236.

There will be a celebration of life at 1 p.m. on March 9, at The Tiki Hut at Mote Marine Laboratory.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of Gendron Funeral & Cremation Services Inc., 135 N. Lime Ave., Sarasota, FL 34237. 941-365-1767. Online condolences may be made at