Reg Bowden makes things happen. For 30 years he and his wife, Lucy, have called Weston home, but for most of his life he's been helping people.
"I help people grow," he said between sips of hot chocolate at the Lunch Box. "That's what I have done in 50 years of business life. I guess you could say it's the same kind of thing that we try to do here with our family."
That goes for his community also, where he has established a legacy shared by a select number of Weston residents. He is a past president of Kiwanis, an active participant with the Weston Historical Society and a volunteer with the International Executive Service Corps.
The St. Catherines, Ontario, native's rise in the corporate world allowed him to visit countries all over the world, including China, Japan, Jordan and most of Europe.
"Just after retirement, we went to help businesses in Amman to get their products properly oriented to the American market," he said. He worked with dozens of Jordanian business representatives to provide them with the information needed to meet U.S. regulations for manufacturing and packaging. A challenging mission, given the popular misperception about the ease of breaking into the American market. But after several weeks of hands-on work the foundation was laid, and Jordanian products are now steadily merging into American lives.
To complete his journey, he watched the sun rise on the famous rock carving at Petra. "It just takes your breath away," he said. "That was an absolutely spectacular trip."
When he's not pushing for historic and environmental preservation in Weston, he and Lucy enjoy time at their house in the Adirondacks. They also look forward to a trip to St. Petersburg, Russia, sometime soon.
Time with his children and grandchildren is cherished. "Being able to watch my grandkids grow up, it's a really great benefit for me," he said. "It's been a good life. And it needs to continue."
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