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   PAUL BOWLES' FUNERAL

November 1, 2000

Lakemont Cemetery, Lakemont, New York

 

Paul Bowles died of heart failure at the age of 88 on November 18, 1999 at the Italian Hospital in Tangier, Morocco. Several days later, his body was shipped to New York City for cremation and eventual burial in the family plot beside his parents and grandparents.  The funeral did not occur until almost one year later on November 1, 2000, in Lakemont Cemetery in the rural town of Lakemont (in Yates County), in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.  Lakemont is located several miles north of Glenora, New York, where Paul Bowles had spent summers as a child at his paternal grandparents' home overlooking Seneca Lake.  

During the informal funeral, there were short readings from Paul Bowles' works, and then each friend laid one red rose in his grave and said a few words of remembrance. On November 19, 1999, the New York Times published a full-page obituary of Paul Bowles. In his last will Paul Bowles directed that both his and Jane's names be engraved on his tombstone with only the dates of their births. Jane Bowles is actually buried in the San Miguel Cemetery in Málaga, Spain.

 

Joseph A. McPhillips III, the executor of the Estate of Paul Bowles, places a CD recording of Paul Bowles's music into the grave, along with some soil from Morocco, flowers and Moroccan Dirhams. McPhillips had brought Paul Bowles's cremated ashes by air to upstate New York after retrieving them at the Manhattan funeral home.

 

Roses In Memoriam

At Paul Bowles' grave site: (left to right) Virginia Spencer Carr, Phillip Ramey, Joseph A. McPhillips III, Cherie Nutting, Kenneth Lisenbee, Claude Nathalie Thomas, Irene Herrmann and, at the far right, Philip Krone. Three local residents also attended the burial..

In this composite photograph, Paul Bowles' tombstone is shown at the bottom in the foreground. The Bowles' family plot at Lakemont Cemetery is at the very top in the background, with Paul Bowles' stone on the left, his parents' at the center and his grandparents' at the right. Although Paul Bowles had instructed in his last will that Jane Bowles's name be engraved on his tombstone, her remains are actually in Málaga, Spain in San Miguel Cemetery.

 

View from Lakemont Cemetery, surrounded by vineyards and farmland, with Seneca Lake in the distance..

 

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