John Cowley
1950 - 2021
Green Hills Mortuary & Memorial Chapel
27501 South Western Avenue
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
May 10, 1950 - December 2, 2021 John Lawrence Cowley, age 71, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Redondo Beach, Calif., on December 2, 2021. John was born on May 10, 1950, in Trenton, N.J. to Margaret and Thomas Cowley. He graduated from Ewing High School in 1969 and served in the United States Army at Camp Casey in South Korea from March 11, 1970, to March 1, 1972. He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1976. John enjoyed investigative work and served as an inspector for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for 22 years, with postings in Los Vegas and Los Angeles. After he retired from that work in 2007, he founded South Bay Investigations and worked as a private investigator. He was passionate about sports and regularly attended Dodgers, Lakers, Kings and Rams games with friends and family. He also loved betting on horse races and other sporting contests, and was a frequent visitor to Las Vegas. He is survived by his wife Olga Abbott, his older brother Thomas Cowley and Tom's wife Nancy, and his sister-in-law Barbara Stokes, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by all of them. A memorial tribute to John's life will be held on Jan. 13 at Green Hills Memorial Park at 2 pm PST. It can be attended remotely at

Published by Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Jan. 11, 2022.
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John was the senior Inspector on the first assigned team in Long Beach, and I got to work with him a little bit. He was very sharp and carried himself with confidence. Everyone said he was the guy to try to emulate. Pretty tough- he seemed to be one of a kind. I tried to pick up whatever I could from him. I´m so sorry to his family and loved ones to hear of his passing.
Aaron Jensen
January 14, 2022
Condolences and God Speed John. We send many prayers of comfort to all who knew and loved you.
John & Cathi Spindler
January 13, 2022
John was such a good guy to work with. I worked with him countless times when I was assigned to Forgery Investigation with the Torrance Police Department. John was alway there when we needed him or something from him. He was at our station so much that we gave him a Cor-Key (a station entry key) plus a desk in the Economic Crimes Section. He was always fun to have around. And a hard worker, too. He and I attended a couple of Dodgers games after I retired. John just missed hitting a huge 50/50 drawing by two numbers at one of the games. John left us way too soon.
Paul Hill
January 12, 2022
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