Ronald Patrick "Pat" Rowe
Pat Rowe passed away peacefully in his Bellingham home with family at his side due to heart decline. Pat was born in Colfax, Washington to Clarence and Edith (Giles) Rowe. The family moved to Burlington when Pat was 6 years old. He contracted Polio at the age of 8. Pat graduated from Burlington High School in 1962. He graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Communications in 1966.
After college Pat went on to do sports broadcasting and selling advertising for a handful of radio stations. He eventually founded, and operated for the next 20 years, his own advertising company in Bellingham; Pat Rowe Advertising.
Pat was an invigorating force on the Bellingham Chamber of Commerce, being an integral part of founding WYP’s (Whatcom Young Professionals). He was an important member of the Bellingham City Council. In 1999, Pat was Mayor Pro-Tem during the pipeline explosion. He was known to be an honest councilman who cared deeply about city matters.
Pat had a great sense of humor, capable of eliciting the most incredible belly laughs. He was known for his incredible skill at schmoozing. He enjoyed his family and his grandchildren immensely. He loved fishing. Pat also loved watching and attending sporting events including Mariners Spring Training in Arizona for which he got the opportunity to do the pre-season announcing for a season.
Pat is survived by his son James “Skidders” Rowe and grandchildren Skyler, Samiah and Benny Rowe, as well as his sister Judy Houck and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, Pat has requested donations be made to Whatcom Hospice and Dementia Support Northwest. There will be a collection box for convenience at the celebration of life.