Year Inducted: 1992
Keith Bowen, oldest son of Irene (nee Leroux) and Francis Bowen, was born on November 29, 1937 in Cornwall, Ontario.
Keith has one sister, Ann Duncan of Orleans, Ontario, and three brothers, Robert of Fennelon Falls, Ontario, Richard of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Mickey of Cornwall, Ontario. Keith is married to the former Beverly McCormick and has one daughter, Tracy (Laundrie) and one son Breck. He was educated at St. Jean Bosco, St. Columban’s East and Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School. He has been employed at I.C.I. (formerly C.I.L.) for the past 25 years.
Keith excelled in the game of lacrosse for at least 20 years. At one time, he was playing-coach of the Long Sault Shamrocks in the United Counties Lacrosse League. He also played in the old Seaway Senior League with the Cornwall Athletes.
From there he went to Lachine Rapids in the pro National Lacrosse League. He was their leading scorer before the league folded. Bowen then joined Sorel of the Quebec League where he set a league record by scoring in 34 consecutive games. He was a first team All-Star 2 out of 3 years. Keith also played for the Senior Wildcats under Norm MacCrimmon.
Keith was a superb athlete in a number of other sports as well. In broomball, he was a member of a number of Championship teams and was also a leading scorer. As a first-baseman, he played for years in the North End Fastball League, and the Industrial Softball League.
At C.C.V.S., Bowen captained the football team for 2 years and later played for the Cornwall Emards of the ORFU. The Montreal Alouettes contacted Bowen and were considering inviting him to their 1963 training camp.