Kirk James McGowan
July 21, 1959 – August 7, 2018
Skowhegan - Kirk James McGowan, 59 of Skowhegan died on August 7 surrounded by his loving family. Kirk was born on July 21, 1959 to Janet (Plourde) McGowan and James V. McGowan in Skowhegan, Maine. He graduated from Skowhegan Area High School class of 1977. While at Skowhegan High School he played football, basketball and baseball. Later in life he was inducted into the Skowhegan Football Hall of Fame. Kirk coached Skowhegan Area Middle School Football from1989 to 2006, along with his brother Mark. During this time span, Kirk was lucky enough to coach all four of his nephews and laid the foundation for many future Skowhegan High School players. Golf was his true passion! Kirk played in many golf competitions held at Lakewood Golf Course where he was a member. He even competed in the Maine State Amateur Golf Tournament. Prior to Kirk’s paralysis in 1985, he won the “McGowan Open” three times. He was a member of the “Central Maine Wheelers”, a wheel chair basketball league. Kirk, along with his pals Matt, Rob, Zack, Tim and Ray competed throughout New England. Traveling throughout the state, they attended many clinics that helped educate others about their disability, which was important to him. Kirk traveled to many wonderful locations with his brother Jeff and his sister-in-law Cheryl, to check off many of the items on his bucket list. Beside his parents he is survived by his brother Jeff and wife Cheryl McGowan, sister Shelly and husband Reggie Washburn, brother Mark McGowan and girlfriend Lona Anagnostis all of Skowhegan. He had a special love for his nephews and his niece: Matthew and Nicholas Washburn, Cory and Jordan McGowan, Sara McGowan and one great-nephew, Evan McGowan. Besides his family Kirk will be sadly missed by Chris Sr., Amber and Chris Jr. At Kirk’s request, there will be no funeral services. The McGowan family wishes to extend their appreciation to the numerous professionals at Redington-Fairview General Hospital’s ER, Oncology, and 2nd floor staff, who provided him with exceptional care. Arrangements are under the care of Smart & Edwards Funeral Home, 183 Madison Ave., Skowhegan, Maine. In Lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to the Kirk J. McGowan Golf Scholarship Fund, Skowhegan Area High School, 61 Academy Circle, Skowhegan, Maine c/o Jane Bigelow, Guidance Department.
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Susan Gagnon Sorenson
September 2, 2018
When I heard of your passing, I was shocked. I guess people you go to school
with, you never think of them passing, when I heard you got hurt and ended
paralyzed, you turned that into a positive as it would of been easy to just give up. Although I didn't know you well, we never hanged around. Too bad.
I admire people who persevere, I am sorry for your family and closest friends
they had to say good bye for now, you will be reunited some day.
Deepest Condolences, Susan
August 14, 2018
Jim and Janet, Shelly, Jeff and Mark,
I’m am so sorry for your loss. Kirk was a gentle man. I’m sure he will be missed by all. Pleas know that my prayers are with all of you.
Nanci Kitko Greene
August 10, 2018
So so sorry this world lost Kirk. My deepest condolences on the loss of such a kind and generous man.
August 10, 2018
My sincerest condolences and prayers. Kirk had a positive impact on so many people. Heaven has a new angel to watch over us.
August 9, 2018
Rest in peace dear cousin, we will miss you.
August 8, 2018
Kirk... you are loved by so many people, uncountable , You will be missed severely. Love you forever.
Rhonda & Rick Tracey