Brian Clay Bowman \nBreesport, NY \n\nBrian Clay Bowman departed from this life on January 3, 2023, at home and into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was born on December 18, 1961, beloved son to Norman and Anna (Zipperlein) Bowman in Bristol, PA. \n\nBrian was a graduate of Horseheads High School and also graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Art from Buffalo State University. Brian was known for his love of musical theater and pursued a career in acting. While in high school, Brian was bit by the acting bug when he appeared as "Will" in the musical, "Oklahoma" and as "Professor Hill" in "The Music Man." Brian was also a member of the Horseheads High School Chamber Singers. \n\nIn college, Brian continued to act in such plays as "The Fantasticks" and "Dracula." He further developed his artistic talent, mostly painting portraits and landscapes. One of his paintings, an historical rendition of our local Chemung Canal, hangs in the Town Hall in Horseheads. Brian continued to paint throughout his life, and also produced fanciful sculptured figures, as well as figures crafted from textiles. He worked with a wide range of mediums. \n\nBrian then moved to New York City and worked as a graphic designer for "Bridal Guide" magazine. \n He appeared in Off-Broadway plays such as "Baby" and "Gigi." After several years, he moved to Louisville, Kentucky, and acted for the Derby Dinner Theater and starred as Trevor Greydon in "Thoroughly Modern Millie," Gaston in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," Adam in "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," Captain Von Trapp in "Sound of Music," Mortimer in "Arsenic and Old Lace," and many more. Brian stayed at Derby Dinner Theater for 15 years as a lead actor, after which he retired and returned to Breesport to care for his mother.\n\nHe is survived by his parents Norman and Anna Bowman of Breesport, NY, his brother Bruce Bowman of Lindley, NY and wife Kate Bowman, and nephew Kit Bowman of Los Angeles, CA. \n\nHe will be laid to rest in Presho Cemetery in Lindley, NY. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Sullivan's Funeral Home, 365 E. Franklin Street in Horseheads, NY. \n\nThese meager lines cannot convey the BIG personality of Brian Bowman. His wit and humor entertained his friends and family alike. In contrast, he was an intensely private person, humble about his artistic and musical talents, but lived such an impactful life! We were fortunate to share our lives with Brian, and he will be greatly missed.