John Joseph McGowen
December 11, 1943 - December 19, 2021
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John Joseph McGowen, 78, of Port Charlotte, died Sunday, December 19, 2021 at his residence. John was born on December 11, 1943 in New Brunswick, New Jersey to the late John and Ruth McGowen. John grew up in Highland Park, New Jersey and graduated from Highland Park high school. In 1966 he graduated from Monmouth…

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Jen & Jesus Leal left a message on December 27, 2021:
Thinking of you and sending lots of healing prayers. ❤️
john R szabo left a message on December 25, 2021:
John J. McGowen, Brother-In-Law and friend. As I mourn your passing , I recall all the joy and hardship we shared. One of my fondest memories is when Johnny's sister Joan and I broke up and I called 6 months later to see if maybe she was still interested. Johnny answered the phone and immediately shouted it's Szabe!, it's Szabe!. I knew I had a chance. Another scary moment was when preparing for a sailing race, Johnny asked me to steer his boat while he prepared the spinnaker for launch. I was honored that he asked me to man this magnificent sail boat in my (I thought in my capable hands).To my surprise I immediately did a 360 as Johnny was scouring up from below to take over. Not a word was said. To my relief he never asked me again to control his prize. I will always cherish our trip to San Francisco and good times on 9th Lane in Midway. I will always remember our mutual respect for each other. Never a cross word or awkward silence. I will always love you. I will miss you Johnny.
Cat Baxter left a message on December 24, 2021:
I only got to know John and Natalie in the past year, but am glad that I had the opportunity. John was always kind, calm, and humorous, with a great laugh and an easy manner. He had many friends and will be greatly missed.
Debbie Hul left a message on December 24, 2021:
I'm still at a loss for words and cannot believe my uncle is gone. Like my sister said, he was always young in his looks and in his heart. I remember times down the shore on 9th Lane where my aunts and uncles and my mom and dad would sit around having cocktails and just laughing and laughing!! I remember wanting to be just like them. Everything Uncle Johnny did, he did it with a touch of class. Wolf loved sailing with Uncle Johnny and especially loved the racing part of it! I remember waiting on the dock for the boat to come in and having dinner in my Gram's backyard! He made me feel special (as I'm sure he did with everyone) and I truly felt an amazing connection with him. I will miss you - you left a lasting impression on everyone who had the privilege to meet you. I love you.
John and Gail Yurkovich left a message on December 24, 2021:
Words cannot express our feelings for your loss. John and I are so very sorry and you are in our thoughts and prayers. Our sincere condolences to all the family. John and Gail Yurkovich
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Amy McGowen left a message on December 24, 2021:
John McGowen made me feel at home from our first meeting and the day I married his son Darren he insisted I called him “Dad” and to me, he truly was a second father. John did have such an infectious laugh and was always full of positivity and joy. If you were in his presence your spirit was lifted by his. He will be truly missed by all that were lucky enough yo know him.
Al Benarroch left a message on December 24, 2021:
Here lies a great man who left a wonderful legacy behind. He was larger than life and he lived life to the fullest. Now that he is gone may all the beautiful memories be a blessing to you and your family. Please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss. John I will miss you at the range.
John Granauro aka Big John left a message on December 24, 2021:
I shot with john in New Jersey & Florida called him Johnny M was a great guy and even a better shooter he will sadly missed by me and a lot off fellow shooters we where like family together. John Granauro
Barbara Peluso left a message on December 23, 2021:
Lots of stories come to mind. I loved his laugh…kinda a snorting snicker thing. He always seemed so young to me. He was fun and funny. He was SO SMART. He put YOU first Accepting (like my mom) no matter who you were. He loved with all his might. Loved my parents (way before they were my parents.) when they were dating enough to holler after them as they went for their first beach day without him “ You SHITHEADS!!” I love this guy so much. And so thankful for our times together
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