John B. McGowan

December 27, 2005

John B. McGowan
U.S. Veteran

US Marine Corps

World War II Veteran

JOHN B. McGOWAN – in Woburn, December 27th. Beloved husband of the late Joan L. (Haggerty) McGowan. Devoted brother of Mary E. Byron and her husband Lawrence and Martha A. McDonough and her husband Thomas, all of Woburn, and the late A. Loretto Lynch and Thomas H. McGowan, Jr. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and nephews. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, December 31st, at 9:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10. Calling hours are Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in John’s memory to St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

OBITUARY:

John B. McGowan, a lifelong Woburn resident and longtime employee of the court system, passed away at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington on Tuesday, December 27th. The husband of the late Joan L. (Haggerty) McGowan, who died this past January, he was eighty-one.

John was born in Woburn, son of the Thomas H. and A. Loretto (Lafferty) McGowan. He attended Woburn schools and was a 1941 graduate of Woburn High School. After beginning his college education at Boston College, he entered the US Navy during World War II. He later was transferred to the US Marine Corps, where he served as a medic in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations. Following his honorable discharge from the military, he continued his education at Boston College where he studied pre-med, graduating in 1947.

He began his career working for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals as a drug representative and later at Sylvania as a technical writer. He went on to serve as Assistant Chief Juvenile Probation Officer in the Woburn District Court for over twenty years until his retirement about twelve years ago.

John was devoted to his wife and family. He enjoyed spending time with his many nieces and nephews, and had a lifelong love of classical music. He was a licensed ham radio operator since the age of fourteen, when he was one of the youngest operators ever licensed. He was also a faithful communicant of St. Charles Church throughout his life.

In addition to his wife Joan, he was preceded in death by a sister, A. Loretto Lynch, and a brother, Thomas H. McGowan, Jr.

Surviving are two sisters, Mary E. Byron and her husband Lawrence, and Martha A. McDonough and her husband Thomas, all of Woburn. He also leaves many nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, December 31st, at 9:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn.

Calling hours are on Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. Donations may be made in John’s memory to St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

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