Parkland Funeral Services

3502 44th Ave, Stony Plain, AB


Donald G. McGowan

Passed away on July 26, 2020
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It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Don McGowan at the age of 72 in Stony Plain, AB. Don was born and raised in Watrous, SK. He joined the RCMP in 1967, married Judy Roney in 1969 and had two children, Alison and Trevor. They lived in many places around Alberta, making many friends along the way. Don’s last posting was in Stony Plain where he ended his career from the force in 1987. Don pursued other job opportunities including work at the Sherriff’ s Department and Investors Group before he retired.

Don enjoyed many hobbies including: reading, playing his guitar, listening to music, photography, camping and traveling. He especially loved building and flying model airplanes and was involved with the Meridian Model Flyers and MAAC associations. Airplanes were a passion of his, and the friendships forged with these groups of hobbyists brought a lot of joy to his life.

Don was a funny, caring and hard-working man who enjoyed people’s company and was a great storyteller. He loved his family and liked to share words of wisdom. He was a planner and always made sure his family was taken care of.

Don is survived by his wife Judy of 51 years, daughter Alison Peters, son in law Bruce, grand children Nolan and Gabrielle Peters; Brendan and Payton, and their mother Bobbi McGowan, sister Noreen Moen of Wisconsin and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Gordon and Roberta McGowan and son Trevor. He lived a full life and will be loved and missed by many.

Thank you to friends and family for years of fun, friendship, love and encouragement. A special thank you is extended to Dr. C. Fuchs. He went above and beyond to provide wonderful care and support to Don over the years, especially these last few months.


  • Celebration of Life

    Thursday, August 6, 2020


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Fred and Faye Townley-McKay

August 3, 2020

Our condolences to Judy and family on Don's passing. I spent a lot of time with Don and Noreen as neighbourhood kids and have a lot of fond memories. Cherish the memories and good times you've had together.

Enid Tkachenko

August 3, 2020

So sad to hear of Don's passing. I enjoyed working with him in Fort Macleod. I remember him as always being cheerful and smiling. Get togethers at the McGowan's were always a good time, guitar playing and lots of laughs. Happy Trails to you Don.

Ron & Dee MacKay

August 3, 2020

We were stationed together on 3 postings with the RCMP & enjoyed our many get togethers. Don had good humor & wisdom & always thought things through & analyzed not only what he was about to do but what he was going to say. When having a cocktail & you were about to leave he would say "I'll just give you a baby one" with a twinkle in his eye. We miss you Don!

Ian Ross

August 3, 2020

Don was my boss in the RCMP in Stony Plain. He was a wonderful guy, worked hard and was always able to make us laugh at what was going on. I was surprised when he retired to pursue other goals. At times he would call me over to his place to "Play Geetars and Sing." Remembered well. RIP Don!

Dave and Bev McGowan

July 31, 2020

Don is a perfect gentleman who always found the good in everyone or something to be admired or, at the very least, respected and accepted.
Our sincere condolences to Judy, Alison and Family and Bobbi and Family.

Donna Boychuk

July 31, 2020

Judy and Families

We are so sorry to hear of Don's passing, he was a wonderful man
Had a lot of visiting when the kids were younger, Ball, Golf. Hold onto all your Happy Memories as they will help you get through these difficult days to come. Judy and Families you are in our hearts and Prayers

Donna & Family

Susanne Glenn-Rigny

July 30, 2020

Mr McGowan
You were always a solid rock with sound advice. I remember you telling me that it was never to early to start saving for retirement as Alison and I we were heading out the door to get into who knows what trouble on a Saturday night. But I also remember many years later when my life was a bit of mess that you didn't hesitate to take my call when I needed a patient ear and someone to point me in the right direction. You couldn't fix the mess and you didn't try. You listened and told me what my next steps should be. Thanks for looking out for me.


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