In memory of
Noel J. McGowan Systems analyst and 'Fireman of the Year' in North Arlington Noel J. McGowan, 79, died May 11, 2019. Born in Kearny, N.J., he was raised in Lyndhurst, N.J., lived in North Arlington, N.J., and Lakeville, Pa., before moving to Largo, Fla., in 2016. While growing up, he was an avid Boy Scout and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He proudly served in the United States Army as a paratrooper in the First Special Forces unit on Okinawa. Noel was a graduate of both Bergen Community College and Ramapo College. Before retiring, he worked as a computer systems analyst for MCI Corp. Earlier, he worked at Hoffmann La-Roche, Electronic Data Processing and Dunn and Bradstreet. Noel was an honorary life member of the North Arlington Volunteer Fire Department Schuyler Engine Co. 2, which he served for 30 years. He was named fire chief in 1985 and was honored as "Fireman of the Year" in 1997. He was a member of the North Arlington Exempt Firemen's Association and Ex-Chiefs Club. Noel was a charter member of the Bayonne Fire Dept. Canteen. He was a member of the Knights of Fire Motorcycle Club and the Angels of Fire Motorcycle Club. Noel also volunteered his time with the Lakeville, Pa., Fire Police. He was the beloved brother of Doris M. Stoner; the devoted father of Colleen, Kevin and Kenneth, and the cherished grandfather of Joshua Noel and Makenzie Nicole. Funeral from the Parow Funeral Home, 185 Ridge Rd., North Arlington, is on Friday, May 17, at 9 a.m., thence to Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, North Arlington, for the Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Entombment is in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington. Visitation will be held Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations made to the American Cancer Society 986 S. Springfield Ave., Springfield, N.J. 07081.
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