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Kevin Rowland, Twinbrook Store Owner, Dies

Rowland owned Baskin Robbins for ten years, was well liked by customers.

The store was closed Wednesday, but customers left bouquets, balloons and notes outside the Baskin Robbins in the Twinbrook Shopping Center on Braddock Road in Fairfax.

Storeowner George Kevin Rowland died there on Tuesday.  He was 56.  The retired Army Major will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

Rowland's father told Burke Patch his son recently learned his cancer had returned.  "He suffered through three different types of cancer and was in remission," said James Rowland.  "When he found out he was out of remission, he told his sister he wasn't going to go through that again." Kevin's sister, Deborah Kay, is his twin.

Kevin Rowland was born on July 17, 1955. He graduated from in 1975, and then attended Morehead State University in Kentucky.  He was a Distinguished Military Graduate. He served 16 years in the Army, with appointments in Europe and the United States, including Ft. Belvoir. 

James Rowland, Kevin's father, said the family will be forming a foundation to benefit the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) in Kevin's honor.  "He loved dogs and he loved the ASPCA," said James Rowland.  "He had three American Eskimo Spitz he rescued from the kennels, and he loved them."

Customers recalled Kevin having his last dog at the store with him.  It recently died.

Mary Rowland, Kevin's mother, died several years ago.  A foundation in her honor provides a onesie for every newborn at Ft. Belvoir Hospital, where she volunteered for many years.

James Rowland said he hopes to reopen the Twinbrook Baskin Robbins on Thursday afternoon, October 27.

Whitney Rhodes October 27, 2011 at 02:39 PM
Oh no! I grew up in Kings Park West. That Baskin Robbins was a staple during my childhood. So many fond memories. My heart goes out to his family.
Susan Larson (Editor) October 27, 2011 at 03:20 PM
Thank you, Whitney. I raised my children in this neighborhood, and we frequented the Twinbrook Baskin Robbins. My condonlences to Kevin's family and friends.
Bj October 27, 2011 at 06:02 PM
This is really sad news! Two of our sons used to work at this store and we've been going there for ice cream for many, many years. Our heart goes out to all of his family, it's so tough to loose a loved one.
George Marino October 28, 2011 at 12:15 PM
I remember watching Kevin play baseball at Woodlawn Little League and Mount Vernon High School, my condolences to his family. George Marino, MVHS class of 1982
Fritz October 28, 2011 at 02:26 PM
I worked there for the past four years. Thanks to Kevin giving me a job when no one else would, I was able to go to Europe and help pay for my college now. He was a good boss, tough, but fair. This was really hard news to hear this week. My heart and prayers go out to him and his family.
Vivian October 30, 2011 at 04:45 PM
Didn't know Kevin very well but every time I went into the store he was so very nice. I was so happy when we found out his cancer was in remission. I know he will be missed by a lot of people. RIP Kevin.

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