Elizabeth Brophy Cowles

Fri, 05/24/2013 - 6:20pm

Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Brophy Cowles, of Block Island, Rhode Island, passed away Wednesday, May 15. Born Feb. 10, 1964 in Scotia, New York, she was the youngest of eight children. In the fifth grade, coached by brother Tom, she was a contestant in the Vitalis Hot Shot Basketball Free Throw Contest and proudly took first place for Westchester County. Liz graduated Scarsdale High School and continued her education at the State University of New York College at Delhi.

During the summer of 1983, Liz took a job at Esta’s Gift Shop on Block Island. It was there that she began her destiny in retail sales. She went on to manage Esta’s, which in turn led her to strike out on her own and purchase Distant Shores, an established gift and jewelry store. Liz had a great eye for buying, a talent for marketing, and ran a very successful business for many years.

Liz loved Block Island and had many friends, both on and off island. She was a free-spirit; vivacious, always quick to laugh and generous to a fault. She had many passions, which included flying planes, sailing, travelling and, most importantly, spending time with family and friends. The best times were lobster feasts, fires on the beach, hiking the bluffs and sharing many laughs in the sun.

Liz leaves behind many people who deeply loved her. Survivors include her father John Brophy; siblings, Dorothy McArdle of Andes, Patricia Silberger of Hartsdale, John Brophy of Scarsdale, Jeremiah Brophy (Birgitta) of Margareteville, Thomas Brophy (Kirsten) of Chappaqua, Anastasia Marsh (Ken) of Albany, and Walter Brophy (Mary) of Mahopac, all in New York. She also is survived by 12 nieces and nephews, five great nieces and nephews, who all adored their Aunt Lizzy, and first cousin John Henry Tripler of Block Island. Liz was predeceased by her mother, Dorothy Brophy, and brother-in-law Jim McArdle.

A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Elizabeth will be held on Block Island at a time to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests for those who wish to do so, make donations to the Crohn’s Colitis Foundation of America, at http://www.ccfa.org/