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MCGOWAN, Michael Lawrence

Michael “Mike” Lawrence McGowan went to be with the Lord on April 11, 2020 at the age of 64. He is survived by daughter Haylee McGowan; son Jesse McGowan; sister Colleen Donvito; and brothers Edward McGowan Jr. and Richard McGowan. Michael was predeceased by Pauline McGowan, Edward McGowan Sr., Margaret McGowan and Patrick McGowan.

Sixty-four years you spent with us Mike
You inspired us with your passion for sport,
And shared with us your love of music.
You experienced the beauty of the outdoors with us.
You never forgot our birthdays.
Your door was always open.
You never took no for an answer,
And you never gave up
You were stubbornly steadfast in your beliefs,
And you lived on your own terms.
You kept a poem with you
to comfort strangers and friends in their time of loss.
You endured tragedy and pain, and reminded us of all our blessings.
When you were no longer able to do the things you used to do, You encouraged us to fulfill our dreams
Rest in peace, surrounded by family and friends.
We hold you tightly in our hearts, and there you will remain
until our lives on earth do end, when we will meet again.

A celebration of life for Mike will be planned after Covid-19 restrictions have been eased. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation, www.kghfoundation.com.

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Kelowna General Hospital Foundation Link: www.kghfoundation.com




  • Barry Vickers says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. My condolences to his family and friends. I had some great times with Mike in the early 80s and will always remember his big heart. I was only a teenager and we played lots of racquetball together. Including going to many tournaments. I only wish I could have seen him again but we both went our own ways. I learnt so much from Mike as a young person. His positive personality was infectious. I will remember him. Rest In Peace my good friend.

  • Brian Van Bolhuis says:

    My memories of Mike were from over 25 years ago before I moved away, when we often played tennis together and when I visited him to buy beer making supplies when he co-owned the Wine and Stein store in Lake Country. Condolences to his family, and especially his children (young back then) who he often spoke of with much love and affection, and sometimes sadness for not getting to see them often enough. Whenever I saw Mike, he was quick to greet me with a smile and a good humoured joke, and always a delicious orange wine cooler when I came into his store. He was a great person, always a good sport, and he always had time to make me feel welcome and significant while being so humble himself. Truly a man of exuberant goodness, generosity and friendliness. Even after all this time I remember his well-natured character so well. Rest in peace Mike.

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