Raymond Benedict Gowen of Norwell, died April 6, 2014. He was born in East Orange, N.J., and lived in Long Island, graduating from Flushing High School and New York University School of Engineering. He was a World War II veteran. Ray later lived in Manchester, Conn., moving to the South Shore in 1980. In his youth, Ray sailed competitively from Bayside Yacht Club. He loved baseball, having played varsity baseball at NY University. He was a member of the ROTC Program and entered the U.S. Navy and served as a Lieutenant, (jg). He served as a loading officer from carrier division 19 in the Pacific. He also served in Brazil as a munitions officer working with submarine fleet. He worked as an engineer for United Technology a Pratt and Whitney Division in East Hartford, Conn. He was also a communicant of Church of Holy Nativity in South Weymouth. He is survived by his wife, Rev. Dr. Eleanore Gowen; sons, Charles and his wife Susan from Granby, Conn., and Richard Gowen from Bolton, Conn.; daughters, Faith and husband Forrest Cousens of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Nancy and husband James Clough from Great Falls, Mont., and Anne and husband James Staples from Norwell. He also is survived by brother, Charles R. Gowen of Fairfax, Va.; niece, Susan Lidell of Yarmouth; 10 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. Services will be held at a later date with burial in Center Cemetery in Manchester, Conn. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Norwell VNA Hospice or to the Order of Masons, of which he was a member of the Ionic Lodge 110, A.F.& A.M. of Stafford Springs, Conn.
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Published in The Patriot Ledger from Apr. 9 to Apr. 10, 2014