The Fortin Group

217 Turner Street, Auburn, ME


Scott W. Gowell

April 13, 1948January 13, 2018
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BUCKFIELD - Scott Wallace Gowell, 69, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 13, 2018, surrounded by his family at South Pond Farm. He was born in Lewiston on April 13, 1948, the son of the late George and Laura (Doe) Gowell. Scott was happy to call the state of Maine, “home” for his entire life. He grew up in Auburn, graduated from Edward Little High School and later went on to the University of Maine, receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Scott served in the National Guard. On April 23, 1970, he married his “Sweetie” Li (Alida Macfarland). Together they shared a loving marriage for over 47 years. Scott worked for the Auburn School Department for nearly 40 years and retired as an administrator. Scott embodied the spirit of a true teacher and mentor in every aspect of his life. In his retirement, Scott enjoyed sharing time on his beautiful farm with friends and family. Scott is survived by his loving wife; his two daughters, Kristi Roark and Lisa Suro; his sister, Patricia Pelletier; his adoring grandchildren and a very large and loving extended family. Friends and family are invited to share their memories and offer their condolences by visiting Scott's online guestbook at www.thefortingroupauburn.com

A visitation will be held on Sunday, January 21, 2018 from 11am to 1pm at Fortin/AUBURN. A memorial service will immediately follow at 1pm at Fortin/AUBURN. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, 15 Strawberry Ave. Lewiston, Maine 04240 (207)777-7740 or AHCH.org. A service of The Fortin Group/Plummer & Merrill Funeral, Cremation and Monument Services, 217 Turner St. Auburn, Maine 04210. 783-8545.


  • Visitation Sunday, January 21, 2018
  • Memorial Service Sunday, January 21, 2018


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Valerie Murphy Greene

February 9, 2018

Scott and I share the same birthday, which we discovered when i was enrolled in an ELHS adult education class back in 2001. We were voted "most happy-go-lucky" in our 1966 ELHS yearbook - and i was just glad to be in the same picture with him! What a dear man, and reading all these posts makes me realize how many lives he touched, and made better. LOVE IS ALL THAT MATTERS - and this is how Scott lived his life. Blessings to all of his family.

George Bockus

February 1, 2018

Scott was a great teacher and mentor of young minds. He had very relaxed approach to life, I always admired that. I try and use this same approach in my own life even today.
I thank him for all he has done for the Auburn school system.
We miss you Scott.
George Bockus ELHS class 1984.

Claire Laverdiere

January 23, 2018

Scott was a wonderful person in every way. I knew him as a neighbor and a fellow educator. He would always think of others first, he loved his family and was a dedicated son of Laura and George and loving brother to Patty. His wife, daughters and grandchildren will miss him terribly but he has led by example and that will be of great comfort to them.

Molly (Murphy) Mercer

January 22, 2018

Dear Lisa and family,
You are all so dearly in my thoughts and prayers, as are the memories of my middle school years -- sending love for this transition. (My dad sends regrets that he was unable to be with you all on Sunday as well)

jonathan glass

January 22, 2018

Scott was one of my heros at summer where he taught me water skiing, which became one of the loves of my life!
He was calm yet incredibly inspiring and confidence boosting!
I know he touched many in only positive ways in his life.
Jonathan Glass, Ma

Robert Lewis

January 22, 2018

A great Samoset friend, drinking partner and singing partner with a heart of gold.Condolences to the Gowell family from Wales. Rob Lewis

Elaine Keene Derosby

January 21, 2018

I am so saddened by this. I was lucky enough to have Mr. Gowell as my CPS teacher at Walton. I will never forget the experience I had with that great group of teachers. A role model for all educators who crossed his path. I know you will be meeting up with the others who have left us too early.

Diane Whiting

January 21, 2018

I feel very fortunate that I got to work with Scott and know him. He was a wonderful human being. He always put the learners first. He was a truly careing person. He was taken way to soon and will be greatly missed.

Jeanne Tidswell

January 21, 2018

I'm not sure I have met a kinder, more gentle , fun loving person in my life. His happiness spilled onto people making them smile as he entered the room. His talent and curiosity was exciting to watch and so inspiring. He will be missed by so many, my heart aches for the whole family for this loss is a great one.

Peter Caron

January 20, 2018

Li, Kristi and Lisa, I was so saddened to hear the passing of your husband and Dad. Scott was a man who helped me become the man I am today. Scott was a man I looked up to and respected very much. In fact Scott was the man I aspired to be like. He was the big brother I never had.
I will always be grateful for what Scott and your family gave me when I most needed it.