Jim Sowar | 1931 – 2016

A lifelong, dedicated member of the community who was instrumental in the creation and beautification of downtown Coldwater and Coldwater Memorial Park.

Jim SowarWe, the Coldwater Area Chamber of Commerce leadership and trustees, discussed at this morning’s meeting the importance of honoring and acknowledging the impact that lifelong member James (Jim) Sower has made on our community.

Jim’s memory and legacy will forever live on in the events that take place and the memories that are made here in Coldwater Ohio.  Hometown Christmas, where Merchant’s Row remains as the anchor of our downtown, is an annual event loved equally by adults and children who are eager to meet Mrs. Claus and watch for Santa’s arrival. The combination of music playing from the talented local singers, and the hardworking businesses prepping for their busy season, create the perfect atmosphere to put everyone in the Christmas spirit. And Coldwater Memorial Park, the most beautiful park around with its newest tree carvings, plays host to the now annual Taste of the Town. These two events demonstrate the pride and honor we all have in our community and the value we place on family and tradition.

We as the Chamber of Commerce shall honor Jim’s legacy by continuing to support our annual events that are cherished by so many.

Thank you Jim!!

We shall leave you with some kind words from a fellow community member…


In 1987 Jim Sowar and his wife Mary founded the Merchants’ Row mini-mall in downtown Coldwater and operated The Card Cupboard for 12 years.  In 1990 Merchants’ Row was awarded Business of the Year by the Coldwater Chamber of Commerce. During this time Jim also assisted Holy Trinity Parish as its first business manager.

His community service included Past President of the Coldwater Park Board, past chairman of the Coldwater Schools expansion campaign and of the Downtown Beautification Committee.  He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Coldwater, Men’s Holy Name Society of the church; he also served as a CCD teacher, Eucharistic Minister, Little League baseball coach, and Junior High football referee.   He was a Trustee and past treasurer of the Desch/Sowar Family Foundation, and member of the Village Tree Commission, Coldwater Kiwanis,  Knights of Columbus, and American Legion.