Donald E. McGowan

Donald E. McGowan 90, of Cranston died Saturday October 26, 2013 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Inpatient Center in Providence, Rhode Island. He was the husband of Barbara (Vickery) McGowan for 64 years. Besides his wife, he leaves a daughter Diane Popiak and her husband John of Charlton, Massachusetts a son David McGowan of Apache Junction, Arizona two grandsons Eric and Adam Dieffenbach, three great-grandchildren, and a sister Evelyn Dwyer. Donald was a World War II Navy Veteran, an active member of the Church of the Transfiguration, and was a lifetime member of Rhode Island Board of Approved Interscholastic Swimming Officials. He was inducted into the Rhode Island Aquatic Hall of Fame in 2006. He was the owner of a retail store in Providence until his retirement in 1988. His funeral services and burial will be private. Donations in Don's memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Rhode Island 245 Waterman Street Suite 306 Providence, RI 02906.

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Joy Jorjorian Reed - 10/29/2013

Barbara and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. It was always nice to have you and Don at church. We have many great memories.

John Vincent - 10/29/2013

Dear Mrs. McGowan, Dave and Diane. I am very sorry for your loss. Mr. Mac was a great guy with a wonderful sense of humor and wit. My father kept me up to date with his latest antics. I have many fond memories of him from back in the day. He will be missed. Love, John

Richard Vincent - 10/29/2013

Dear Barbara and family...
You know how we feel about Don. He was a wonderful friend, and fellow swim official, who provided us with many laughs over the years. He will surely be missed by a lot of people. Our best, Mim and Dick

Lee Anne Robberson Oulette - 10/29/2013

Dear Mrs. McGowan. Diane, Dave
We were so sorry to hear of Mr. Gowans passing. We have many wonderful memories of all of you. Our summers up in NH the supper club to name just a few. He had such a great sense of humor. We often talk of his fishing experiences. Please know we are thinking of you. Our deepest sympathy
Fran, David, Lee Anne

Evelyn C. Palumbo - 10/29/2013

To Barbara and Family.
Our sincere all.....

Anthony & Evelyn Palumbo

Tony Rosmarin - 10/29/2013

Dear Barbara and family,
I am so sorry for Don's passing. He was a wonderful, warm and caring person who will be greatly missed. It was an honor to know him. Love to all... Tony

Jim Steffy - 10/30/2013

My deepest sympathies at this difficult time.

minicucci family - 10/30/2013

barbara and family, may you find comfort in your in peace dear don,
our father had and cherished many happy times with you and the guys.
daughters of david minicucci

Len and Nancy Banville - 10/31/2013

Barbara, sorry to hear of Don's passing. We both enjoyed Don and your company.

Steven Ricci - 10/31/2013

Dear David & Family, I am very sorry for your loss... cherish the memories...

Roger Dieffenbach - 10/31/2013

My deepest condolences to Barbara, Evelyn, Diane, David and family. Don was a great guy.

Frank Montie - 11/01/2013

Barbara and family, so sorry to read of Don's passing. I rememeber the great times in the neighborhood that Dad and Mom had with you and Don... wonderful memories.

The Flynn Family - 11/05/2013

Barbara, Diane, David, and Evelyn - We are so sorry to hear about Buster's passing. Can't help but think that he's with Sonny, Buddy, Irving and Eileen and having some laughs together. Our thoughts are with you. Love from the Flynn's - Betty, Diane, Maureen, Brian and Rosemary

Richard and Eleanor Mournighan - 11/13/2013

Don was such a good man.We remember him fondly from all his work at the Edgewood food bank feeding the under priveledges.God has special places for men of service like Don.

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