Christopher Neal McGowan
Christopher Neal McGowan, 64, died on Thursday, March 4, 2021. He was a deeply loved son and brother, husband and father, Pop Pop, friend and colleague. A man of few words and many actions, his family and friends hold on tightly to an abundance of joyful memories of Chris spinning records, going on long bike rides, and fiddling with things at his garage workbench.

He is survived by his wife, Paula, his three children, Blake, Taylor, and Heather, their three spouses, and his four grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother, Jean, and three siblings, Robert, Susan, and Matthew.

Chris had an unbreakable bond with his siblings centered around hilarious antics of their childhood that carried into adulthood, and he deeply enjoyed annual family reunions with over 70 McGowans. He held onto the incredible work ethic of his father, the genuine care of his mother, and his family's love for adventure and travel throughout his entire life. Chris turned into the most giggly guy around his grandkids, because they brought out his childlike joy and silly side. They knew that Pop Pop was always ready to build something or sneak an extra snack or early dessert. There are few things he loved more than walking hand in hand and cooking with Paula, fishing and sipping bourbon with Blake, mountain biking and working on small handy projects with Taylor, and eating mint chocolate chip ice cream and watching a movie with Heather. His family is grieving and, most importantly, grateful. 

By the end of his life, he had an immense amount of pride for the lives his three children have built and a deep appreciation for all that he had and all that he did. He was most thankful for his wife, Paula, who stood beside him through every trial and every triumph.

Chris's life was nothing short of memorable. He taught his family that the bike ride is never about where you're going but who rides alongside you. They lost their favorite riding partner, but they continue to ride together, remembering his laugh and his love. They will hold onto the legend he was, and they know he enjoyed the ride. 
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Published by The Virginian-Pilot on Mar. 9, 2021.
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As an audiokarma member, I wished that I could have met Chris.
Between the write up, wholesome smile and personal background information...all point to a great man.
Our audio site will miss him as well.

April 12, 2021
We love and miss you, Chris. Your family will celebrate your life this week-end, a life that brought so much joy. You are gone, but will never be forgotten. Love, Corinne
Corinne Gleason
March 23, 2021
I am so sorry to for your loss!
I worked with Chris for years. He was a great rep and our lunches and product reviews were always so enjoyable. He loved to talk about and show pictures of his family! May God bless you all and may Chris rest in God’s eternal peace.
Karen Monette
March 17, 2021
Chris was one of my favorite reps. Even when we were busy and wouldn't see other reps, we would see him. Always had a great attitude, honest, straight forward, helpful, shared when appropriate, listened if you needed him to, gave good advice. I've missed him ever since he retired. Blessings and prayers for the family!
Leigh Barker
March 12, 2021
My heart goes out to this wonderful family...many memories down at our swimming hole in you all and know you have so many memories..Love Coach Kim
Kim Mccanna
March 9, 2021
Every time Chris came into our office I knew I was in for a giggle. I had such fun going back and forth with Chris in our teasing and his smile always lit up the room. His work ethic was obvious in the great customer service he always provided. This world lost a most needed positive soul, but heaven gained a great one. Go get 'em, Chris! We love and miss you.
Susan Pilato
March 9, 2021
My condolences to your family. Christopher touched the lives of many with his laughter. He saw the importance of family value and spent time with his family. Our Heavenly Father has Christopher in his memory, and he will never forget all the wonderful things he did in behalf of his family as well as others.
Paul Lewis
March 9, 2021
Oh Paula, I am so sorry to read this. Thinking of you and your family and sending prayers to all of you.
Edie Maher
March 9, 2021
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