In memory of
Thomas Edward McGowan
Thomas Edward McGowan, age 59, was brought Home to Paradise on Easter morning, April 16, 2017. Tom's greatest joy was his 5 children: Eily, Nora, Rose, Gavin and Max. Besides his children he leaves his beloved wife Mary (Haggerty), brothers Robert, Stephen and Brian and their families, along with a large extended family who adored him. He was welcomed to eternal life by his father Francis and mother Shirley, along with his father-in-law Francis and brother-in-law Paul. In the chapters of Tom's life, he was blessed to assemble a tremendous group of friends, including those from Hall High, Trinity College, work colleagues in NYC and worldwide and friends from West Hartford, Pelham, NY and Weekapaug, RI. Tom was a loyal friend who worked hard to nourish and cherish those he loved. Of all of his many achievements in life, he would say that the role of father was his greatest. Protector, confidant, advisor, biggest sports fan and doting Dad, he described being father to Eily, Nora, Rosie, Gavin and Max as "pure joy". Tom committed his life to doing acts of kindness, easing economic burden, promoting education and making the world a better place for his family, friends and the causes he held dear. He tried his best in everything he did and he never, ever, gave up. Tom McGowan was a great man. Visiting hours and memorial service will be at Holy Family Monastery, 303 Tunxis Road, West Hartford, Connecticut. Visiting hours will be held Thursday, April 20, 4:00-8:00 pm (Use Main Entrance). A memorial service will be held Friday, April 21, 11:00 am in the Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charitable foundation that has been established by Tom's friends in his memory: Fidelity Charitable, PO Box 770001, Cincinnati, OH 45277-0053. Checks payable to Fidelity Charitable, reference in memo field of check: Thomas E. McGowan Giving Fund, account number 1114357. Directions and online expressions of sympathy may be made at www.molloyfuneralhome.com
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