JOSEPH DOWHY SR. was born in Pennsylvania on December 22, 1921 to Max and Agnes Dowhyj. His birth certificate reads "Dowhyj". By 1929 his family had moved to 53 State Street in Camden, New Jersey, and the name had been shortened to Dowhy. Their next door neighbors were the Kelly family, who lived at 55 State Street. Max Dowhy worked as a stationary engineer in Philadelphia. Camden firefighter Harrison Pike lived two 

doors away at 69 State Street.

After serving in the armed forces during World War II, Joseph Dowhy returned to Camden. The 1947 Camden City Directory shows that Joseph 

Dowhy and his wife, the former Etta Pearl Jamerson, then lived at 636 State Street in North Camden. He was then working as a printer. The family later moved to 866 Beideman Avenue in Cramer Hill.

On May 30, 1958 Joseph Dowhy secured an appointment to the Camden Fire Department. He reported for duty the following day, and graduated from the Fire School in 1959. On May 1, 1969 Joseph Dowhy Sr. was promoted to to the rank of Captain. He retired from the Fire Department on January 1, 1984, having served the City of Camden for over 25 years. 

Last a resident of Pine Hill, New Jersey, Joseph Dowhy Sr. passed away on June 12, 2003.

Joseph and Pearl Dowhy had four sons. All served the city of Camden, Joseph Jr., Dennis and Robert with the Fire Department, Edward with the Camden Police Department. As of May, 2008 Joseph Dowhy Jr. and Dennis Dowhy had retired from the Fire Department, and Edward Dowhy had retired from the police. Robert Dowhy is still active as a Captain with the Fire Department. Pearl Dowhy also served the public, as a crossing guard first in Camden and later in Clementon NJ.

Joseph Dowhy Sr. and Family

Robert   Joseph  Dennis  Edward

Pearl   Joseph Sr.

Graduation of Probationary Fireman
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Graduation of Probationary Fireman (from left) Chief John Graham, Captain Anthony Dzinski, Assistant Training Officer Nicholas George, Firemen Herman Reed, Bertram Dahl, Joseph Dowhy, Joseph Simpson, Edward Morgenweck, Charles Christensen, Joseph Wolfinger, George Dixon, Edward Ulrich, Reginald Laws, Grant Keller, and Chief Edward MacDowell.

Camden Courier-Post - 1963

Morton Street - Hayes Avenue - North 27th Street - Beideman Avenue

Camden Courier-Post * June 28, 1968


Kenneth Clark
Joseph R. Gfrorer
George D. Getty
John Dimaggio
Joseph J. Anderson
Philip A. Maycott
James McMaster
William D. Hillman
Joseph Arensberg
Robert E. Briggs
John S. Brzozowski
Edmund F. Gorczynski
Anthony F. Orme
William B. Young
William D. Ayers
Joseph Dowhy Sr.
James O. Jones
Joseph Chelhowski
James T. Robinson
Anthony D. Moffa
Robert E. Davenport
John F. Gaffney Jr.
Albert E. Collum Jr.

Robert D. Craig - Edwin Hoffman - Flem Hopkins Jr. - Joseph Fox - Charles W. Cahilly - Edward Bush
John F. Oppman - Gary E. Miller - Donald Tymusczuk - Joseph A. Broccoli - Richard W. Merta
Robert G. Gibson - Elwood L. Ridge - Joseph E. Benton - David Vautier Jr. - Frank R. Pedano

Camden Fire Department
circa 1975


Camden Courier-Post * June 14, 2003

On June 12, 2003, age 81, of Pine Hill.
Surviving are his wife Etta Pearl (nee Jamerson), 4 sons Joseph Jr. and wife Helen, Dennis and wife Cathy, Robert and wife Sonja, Edward and wife Diane, 8 grandchildren and a sister Stella Crowley.
He was a WW II Veteran and retired Capt. of the Camden Fire Dept. Member of Merchantville Lodge #119 F&AM.
Funeral services were private.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Camden County Hero Scholarship Fund, 191 W. White Horse Pike, Berlin, NJ 08009.