James J. McGowan
July 2, 1937 - October 19, 2019
Joseph J. Smith
Catherine Gaffney
Mr and mrs Heady
jack kielty
Ald a Alosco
Dolores GOZZI
Trish & Eddie Boles & family
Jill Sheldon
Marilyn Carter/Sanicola
MARTHA KUPPERSMITH
Jim Gentilesco st.
Maria Sessa
Light a Candle
Visitation
Joseph J. Smith Funeral Home
692 U.S. Route 6
Mahopac, NY 10541
845-621-1992 | Map

Tuesday Oct. 22:   4-8 pm

Wednesday Oct. 23:  2-4 & 7-9 pm

Funeral Service
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church
1377 East Main St.
Shrub Oak, NY 10588
914-528-3547 | Map
Thursday 10/24, 10:00 am
Cemetery
Rose Hills Memorial Park
101 Mill St.
Putnam Valley, NY 10579
845-528-3516 | Map
Thursday 10/24
Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity of your choice.

James J. McGowan, 82, of Yorktown Heights, NY passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, October 19, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. James was born in Astoria, Queens, NY on July 2, 1937, the son of Francis and Margaret (DeBoer) McGowan. James joined the US Army in 1953 and after 2 years transferred to…

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Catherine Gaffney left a message on October 29, 2019:
I am so sorry for your loss. I am a friend of Mary’s. We were friends since I was 16. I met all of you a number of times in the past. I just wanted to send my condolences to your family. Rest In Peace Jimmy.
Linda & Dominic Guadagnoli left a message on October 25, 2019:
So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was a man larger than life, full of Irish humor, always having a good joke and a heart as big as the world. He will be missed and all the McGowan family are in our prayers. Rip Jim, heaven just gained a lot of laughter.
Mr and mrs Heady left a message on October 23, 2019:
May The lord bless you and shed his loving Grace Apon thee
jack kielty left a message on October 23, 2019:
My deepest condolences on the passing of Jim Sr. He was a towering presence in the FDNY and the UFOA. His passing leaves a void that will be hard to replace.
Ald a Alosco left a message on October 23, 2019:
I'm memory for James McGowan.
Trish & Eddie Boles & family left a message on October 23, 2019:
We cherish the many happy times we shared together with your loving wit and your endless entertaining stories. You were a true gentleman that went out of your way to help others. You will be forever missed.
Valerie left a message on October 23, 2019:
So very sorry to come across Mr. McGowan’s obituary when I was looking for someone else’s... he was a customer at the JV Post Office and always pleasant and friendly. He always had a smile and we always had a chuckle together. He will be missed....
Catharine Sheldon left a message on October 22, 2019:
Our condolences to Fran, Jim, Kelly, Lori and their families in Jim's passing, a painful time. Be assured, a devoted Christian, evident in the love for and within his family, his devotion to his life's work, and kindness in all relationships. He was funny and witty, he could sing, ofen breaking into song. A life to remember, a time for thanks, a time for rest.
Jill Sheldon left a message on October 22, 2019:
I'm so sorry for the family loss. Great man and great singer and many more things. God bless you all. RIP Jim.
Marilyn Carter/Sanicola left a message on October 22, 2019:
To Fran jimmy kelly and Laurie. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. I’ll always remember Jimmy Mc Gowan he always had a smile on his face a springin his step and a twinkle in his eye.he also hand a wonderful sense of humor and a kind heart. I will miss him. RIP
MARTHA KUPPERSMITH left a message on October 21, 2019:
My deepest and sincerest sympathy. Jim will be missed. Sincerely. Martha kuppersmith
James Walsh left a message on October 21, 2019:
Rest In Peace my friend. I served as your 5th District Sec/Treas when you were elected President. of the State Association and shared many good times over the years before that too. You were a mentor in labor negotiations, a leader both as a union man and a great fire officer as well. I will always keep you in my prayers Jimmy and hope we meet again in paradise with our Lord! Jim Walsh Ret. Captain PMFD
Jim Gentilesco st. left a message on October 21, 2019:
God Bless old friend . 💜
Maria Sessa left a message on October 21, 2019:
With Deepest Sympathy to the McGowan family. In my thoughts and prayers. Rest In Peace Mr. McGowan🙏
James J McGowan Jr left a message on October 20, 2019:
You are the best father anyone could ever have. You were always there for us and your grandchildren. Your at peace and heaven can’t wait until you arrive to make everyone smile Love your son Jim
Kevin O'Kane left a message on October 20, 2019:
Rest In Peace, Brother
Johnstown Professional Firefighters left a message on October 20, 2019:
In memory of James J. McGowan, Johnstown Professional Firefighters lit a candle
Jack Duncan left a message on October 20, 2019:
Please accept our condolences. Friend of my Dads and a stand-up guy to me.
Anne Marie Cronin left a message on October 20, 2019:
In memory of James J. McGowan, Anne Marie Cronin lit a candle
EILEEN TORREY left a message on October 20, 2019:
Jimmy was a faithful friend for over 50 years. I could always count on him to help or to share a few laughs. My love to Fran and the “kids.” Lots of very happy memories !!
Marianne Ryan left a message on October 20, 2019:
Sincere condolences to the McGowan family. I’m in shock as I read his obit. He was so vibrant and beloved by is family! His humor will be missed. May he Rest In Peace!
John Farina left a message on October 20, 2019:
Sending love and prayers, and asking God to comfort all of you during this extremely difficult time. We are sorry for your loss- The Farina's
Joseph J. Smith left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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