William Joseph McGowan, Jr.

William Joseph McGowan, Jr.

July 31st, 2019

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Obituary for William Joseph McGowan, Jr.

McGowan, William J., Jr., of Sunapee, NH formerly of Somerville, passed peacefully on July 31, 2019. Beloved husband of the late Dorothy (George). Loving father of William McGowan, III, Linda Phaneuf and her husband Robert and Brian McGowan and his wife Susan. Grandfather of Michael, and Brendan.

Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, Godchildren, relatives, and friends. Local Teamsters Member. Late Korean Conflict Army Veteran.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, September 21 at St. Clement Church, 70 Warner Street, Medford at 11AM. Visiting Hours will be held from the Keefe Funeral Home, 2175 Mass Ave, NORTH CAMBRIDGE, on Friday, September 20 from 5-8PM. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Burial and Military Honors to conclude in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Arlington.

In lieu of flowers, a tribute gift in William’s memory may be made to the Jimmy Fund – Dana Farber Cancer Institute online or P.O. Box 849168
Boston, MA 02284-9168.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, September 20th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Keefe Funeral Home - Cambridge
    2175 Massachusetts Avenue
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    Friday, September 20th, 2019
    5:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, September 21st, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saint Clement Church
    70 Warner Street
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    Saturday, September 21st, 2019
  • Interment

    Mount Pleasant Cemetery
    Medford Street
    Arlington, MA
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When l was in my twentys I decided to hitch out to Colorado and the west.Bill started laughing and said how much money you got. I SAID 20 DOLLORS.HE SAID OK HERES 20 MORE DON'T COMEBACK TOMORROW . BUT I DON'T THINK YOUR GONNA MAKE IT. A MONTH LATER I CAME BACK WITH THE TWENTY.
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susan and Don Elliott

Bill was a special man. He came into our lives many years ago when we lived in Georges Mills. He became our friend when we rented a dock from him for our boat. It was always such a joy to go there and find Bill out and about. He was always ready to chat and tell of his latest adventures. We loved hearing his stories of his biking, kayaking and skiing adventures. He even volunteered to help the handicapped skiers at Mount Sunapee.He inspired us by his never ending enthusiasm for all things and especially for theater and of course his favorite, Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon. We will always remember his easy laugh, his many stories and of course his love of his family and of the beautiful lake they all shared. As we go to the lake these days, Bill remains in our thoughts and most of all in our hearts.
Sue and Don Elliott
Comment | Posted at 07:33pm via Condolence

Paul George

Bill was a generous and loving man and I will be ever grateful to his kindness and love to me and especially to my Mother and Father and his very special love to my Sister. Rest in Gods peace my brother.
Comment | Posted at 08:46pm via Condolence

Julia Ann Canuto

Bill was a very special person. He was kind and considerate. He would bend over backwards if someone needed anything. He was a caring individual that I got to know well. We had many good times together which we both enjoyed. We enjoyed being together the last 12 years of his life. He will be greatly missed. He will always be I n my prayers.
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Anne Richardson

My family and I were so lucky to be able to spend the last few years of your life with you. Will miss you very much. You will always be in my heart and prayers. The Richardson Family
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