Donald J. "Bud" Fowler, Jr.

Smethport - Donald J. “Bud” Fowler, Jr., 51, of Gifford, passed away from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Saturday (November 7, 2020).


He was born Dec. 17, 1968 in Bradford, a son of Donald J. Fowler, Sr. and Madeline  Verano Reynolds.  On May 8, 2004, in Smethport, PA, he married Heather J. Comes, who survives.


Bud was a 1986 graduate of Bradford High School.  He was a service technician employed by Verizon.


Bud was an avid snowmobile enthusiast, raced 4-wheelers, enjoyed car racing, loved jet skiing with his family in the summer, playing night volleyball with family and friends, golfing with his son and friends, and spent many summers partnered with his son, Luke, in the Byllye Lanes Cornhole League.


In addition to his wife, Heather, he is survived by:

Two sons:  Jacob M. Abrams of Cyclone and Lucas J. Fowler of Gifford

His father:  Donald J. (Sue) Fowler, Sr. of Lafayette

His mother:  Madeline (Harold) Reynolds of Williamsport, PA

Three sisters:  Dawn (Jason) DuPont of Williamsport, PA, Kim (Torree) Reynolds in Indiana, and Shadoe Fowler of Lafayette

Father-in-law: John (Julie) Comes of Smethport

Mother-in-law: Vickie McElwee (the late Steve McElwee ) of Smethport

A very dear cousin:  Jim (Marcia) Fowler of Lafayette

And several nieces, nephews and cousins.


Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020 from 11 AM to 1 PM at Hilltop Baptist Church, Rt. 646 , Gifford, PA, where funeral services will begin at 1 PM with the Rev. Max Simms, pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Smethport.


Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Smethport Sports Boosters.  Online condolences may be made at


Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.