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Frank J. McGowan 1936 - 2013
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July 22, 2013
To the Mcgowan family- I cannot tell you how much Frank meant to me. He was first my coach, then my mentor as I worked with him for 13 years. His insights became grist for the mill for me until this day. I continue to provide therapy to troubled youth based on the "mcgowan principles" which i always and deeply respected. I was very saddened to learn of his passing. Noone before or after will grace the halls of THS like hid did. All genuine. He will be missed.
July 20, 2013
So sorry to hear of Frank's passing.
Our condolences to his family
The Matrascia family
July 18, 2013
Brenda and family,
When I returned to intern in Guidance at THS in 1992, your father taught me many lessons. But by far my favorites were when he would invite me to "take a walk with him". That's where it all happened. My condolences to you and your family during this most difficult time.
July 17, 2013
I was so saddened to hear of Mr. McGowan's passing-he made a big difference in my hs career-I graduated because he helped make sure my grades from my junior year abroad transferred. I am so sorry for your loss and hope that you find some comfort knowing that he made a difference in so many lives. Kind regards,Lauren Ryan
July 17, 2013
On behalf of the Purcell family, we extend our deepest sympathy to the McGowan family. Mr. McGowan was a kind soul to all who crossed his path. He was a superb guidance counselor, that goes without question. It was his dedication to students, staff, friends, and family that will always remain with us, too. What a wonderful man...
July 17, 2013
thanks for your kindness Mr. McGowan.
July 17, 2013
Dear Brenda & family,
So sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. "Mr. McGowan" was a great presence at THS and I have fond memories of him both as Vice Principal and in connection with his service and leadership in THS Key Club and Kiwanis Club. Such a warm, friendly man with a great heart! My deepest condolences to you during this difficult time. Know that his life was one with great positive influence.

Sincerely, Kelli (Killingbeck) Schaller
July 16, 2013
Such a well respected and kind man.A gentle giant. Our deepest sympathies to his family, many friends and colleagues.
July 16, 2013
I was saddened to hear about Frank's passing, I worked with Frank at THS for many years, he was respected by the students, parents and his peers. His sense of humor was always spot on and his gentle disposition was admired by all who knew him.
He was one of a kind.....a father figure to troubled students and a friend to everyone else. He will be missed, my prayers go out to the entire McGowan Family during this very difficult time. I will always remember him with fond memories.

Rob Martin
Guidance Counselor THS
1988-2010
July 15, 2013
I am so sorry for the loss. Frank mentored me as a new counselor and he was one of my favorite people. I am so sorry.
July 15, 2013
Brenda and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a great guy. He was my first guidance counselor at THS! You are in my prayers.
With sympathy,
July 15, 2013
Lucille- We were saddened to learn of your recent loss.
Many years have passéd since our baseball team at Fairfield was fortified by Frank at 1st base. On behalf of all his teammates ('55-'59) as well as the entire Fairfield community, please accept our sincere condolences. Reviewing his history, we know he was recognized and appreciated as a model husband, father, grandfather as well as an outstanding educator. Know we will keep him and all his family in our daily prayers. May he rest in the peace of the Jesuit tradition...." ad majorem gloriam Dei" !!
July 15, 2013
Sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.
July 15, 2013
I am so sorry to heard about your Dad's passing.
Terry DiPippo
July 15, 2013
Lucille and Family
We have many fond memories of Frank
... his ready smile, good company and his jaunty hats.
Our deepest sympathies.
July 15, 2013
To the family of Mr. Frank McGowan, I am writing with deep sympathy in your loss. I grieve with you today.

Mr. McGowan – I always called him “Mr.” – was an outstanding educator and memorable person.

I most remember Mr. McGowan as an accomplished athlete.

To me, he was a giant man – Paul Bunyan-like! I recall watching him work his magic on the court at the Torrington Armory which was the site of many basketball tournaments for the best players in the state – Mr. McGowan was such a player and I was happy to know him.

He was big in life too! Everyone liked him and he will be missed in a very big way!
July 15, 2013
Just a great guy and neighbor. Will always remember him growing up and hanging at the house. My condolences go out to the entire family. He will be sorely missed
July 15, 2013
Brenda, LaRoyce and families.. May Gods Peace Be With You All, we have great memories of a great man. He is in the loving arms of the Lord now and your fond memories will keep him close in your heart as well
fondly, Denise & Harry Tucker Jr
July 15, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the McGowan Family.
July 15, 2013
sorry about your loss he great friend and a great vice princable hes going to be missed
July 15, 2013
My condolences to the entire McGowan family. Patient, caring, generous and cheerful was an apt way to describe what big Frank was like in life. I'm pressed to find someone who was as pleasant as he. If you missed your morning school bus just start walking because soon he came by in his Pontiac and with a big smile would say get in I think we are going to the same place. I just know this is a huge loss to his family but also his community. A great neighbourhood dad may he rest high on that mountain. One of the finer human beings I have known. My sympathy and regards.
George Concannon
July 15, 2013
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
July 15, 2013
I will always remember Mr. McGowan from high school. He was a very kind man and a wonderful teacher.
July 14, 2013
I remember Frank as a competent and dedicated educator. He will be greatly missed particularly now when his method of reaching young people is needed most. Jo and I send our sympathies and condolences to his wife, children and extended family members.
July 14, 2013
Patricia and I were very saddened today when we learned of Frank's passing. It seemed so sudden yet he clearly has gone to a well-deserved better place and that knowledge provides a measure of comfort.

We remember our cousin Frank as a large person in every respect. Mostly in his concern for others, his giving of himself and in his enthusiasm for participating in community affairs.

We lived in the same old family house in Hamden, CT for many years. He and his family on the second floor while I lived with my mother and our grandmother on the first floor. Later when Patricia and I were married, we moved into the third floor apartment. So we were a close family which helped Frank develop his outstanding personal values and close family ties.

I think that Frank's most important legacy is how he lived his values and passed them down to his children as well as to his many students through the years.

We will miss Frank and we offer our most sincere condolances to Lucille and to his children.
July 14, 2013
To Lucille and Familty--

Please accept my sincerest sympathy.
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