TORRINGTON >> Frank J. McGowan, 76, of Torrington, passed away peacefully with family by his side on Saturday, July 13, 2013. Frank was born in Hamden, on Sept. 30, 1936, to the late Francis and Margaret (Maselli) McGowan. He is survived by his wife, Lucille (Zordan) McGowan, of 53 years.
Frank graduated from Hamden High School in 1955. He completed his undergraduate from Fairfield University in 1959 and in 1965 he graduated from The University of Hartford with a master`s degree in guidance and counseling. He later received a second master`s degree and his 6th year certificate for administration. He enjoyed playing baseball for three years and basketball for four years (co-captain his senior year) as a Fairfield Stag.
Frank entered the Army in 1959 serving at Fort Dix and Fort Gordon as part of the Army Security Agency. In his three years of service, he received the following awards: The Army Good Conduct Medal, The National Defense Service Medal, The Armed Forces Services Service Medal and The Connecticut Wartime Service Medal.
One of Frank`s most memorable groups he was involved with was the Victorian Boys Club of Hamden. This was a group of guys who grew up together in the 50`s, played ball together and had a clubhouse in Hamden. Some of his favorite stories were of the great times they had together. They returned to Hamden each year for a picnic to reminisce about the past.
He retired from Torrington High School in 1997, after 35 years as a club mentor, coach, history teacher, guidance counselor and Vice Principal. He enjoyed his years working as an educator and guiding the youth of Torrington.
As a member of the Torrington community, Frank served in the following organizations: Varsity Alumni club, The Knights of Columbus, St. Peter`s Holy Name Society, The Kiwanis Club, The Key Club, Torrington High School`s Scholarship Fund, and Sullivan Senior Center Board. He believed service to the community was a duty and an honor. Through his service and teaching he was awarded the following: The Probus Educator of the Year (1992), Torrington Area Youth Service Award (1994), and Honorary Parade Marshal of Torrington`s 2013 Memorial Day Parade.
Frank enjoyed his vegetable gardens and barbequeing or helping cook holiday meals for his children and grandchildren. He was patient, caring, generous and cheerful to all who knew him.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Maria McGowan, of Essex, Thomas McGowan and his wife LaRoyce, of Torrington, Brenda Paniati and her husband David, of Torrington, Marcie Hajem and her husband, Said, of Katonah, New York, and daughter-in-law Brenda (Sandstrom) McGowan, of New Hartford. He adored his grandchildren, Zachary, Nicholas, and Michael Paniati, Thomas, Cierra and Brendan McGowan, Adam and Elias Hajem, Lindsey and Lucas Lampognana, and Owen McGowan. In addition, he is survived by a sister, Patricia Volpe of Hamden, and brother, Daniel McGowan, of West Virginia and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by son, Frank McGowan Jr., his parents Francis and Margaret (Maselli) McGowan and by his grandparents Giuseppe and Madelena (Pannone) Maselli, and Patrick and Letitia (Patton) McGowan.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, at Cook Funeral Home, 82 Litchfield St., Torrington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 17, at St. Peter Church, 107 East Main St., Torrington. Friends are requested to meet directly at St. Peter Church. Burial will follow in St. Peter Cemetery, Torrington, with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Frank J. McGowan Scholarship Fund, c/o Community Foundation of Northwest CT, PO Box 1144, Torrington, CT 06790. Condolences may be sent to the McGowan family by visiting www.cookfuneralhomect.com.
Cook Funeral Home, Inc.
82 Litchfield Street Torrington, CT 06790
Published in The Register Citizen on July 15, 2013