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McGOWAN, Ralph Norman

July 16, 1928 – Lakeview, Ontario
March 5, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta

Ralph Norman McGowan of Calgary, passed away on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the age of 86 years.

Ralph worked in the printing industry as a pressman/plate maker. He enjoyed hockey, baseball and any sports in general. He also was an avid reader and loved to travel.

Ralph is survived by his son Kenneth (Donna) McGowan; grandchildren Lacey, Shannon and Elyse, great-grandchild Paisley Flett and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Sheelagh on October 15, 2014; son Ralph Wayne McGowan December 12, 2012, sisters Audrey Bennett, Norma Doran and parents James and Fay McGowan.

We wish to thank Bow Crest Care Centre for the care of Ralph.

A Celebration of Ralph’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to World Vision 1 World Drive, Mississauga, ON L5T 2Y4

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  1. My prayers are with you as you move through this period of transition. May Uncle Ralph be at peace and know that he is happy as he is now with the love of his life and best friend, Sheelagh McGowan.
    May your memories help you in your grief.
    God’s love is with you and your parents are now in his home.
    Love to you all

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  2. Bernie & Pat Ward

    Ken, we are so sorry to hear about the loss of your Father. On the occasions that we did meet your Father he was always very friendly and always remembered us. He was clearly a man of great personality and good humor and we know that you will very much miss him. Our sincere condolences.

    Unfortunately we will not be able to make the service as we are still in Arizona.

    Bernie & Pat

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  3. Ron and Christine Welch

    Hi Ken,

    It is our hope that in your loss that you can look back on the good memories and times that you spent with you father. You remain in our thoughts, love Ron and Christine

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  4. Heather Sherlock

    Dear Ken

    Our sincere sympathy to you on Ralph’s passing. Very difficult to lose both parents in such a short space of time but take comfort from the fact that both he and Sheelagh are beyond pain and had a long life together. We, in Ireland, will be thinking about you and them on 27th March. With love Ethel, Heather and all the family.

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  5. Rick and Esther Mitchell

    It is with sadness that we extend our sympathies to Ken, Lacey, Shannon, Elyse and all of the McGowan family. He and Sheelagh were wonderful neighbours and friends, we considered them as family. Some of the special memories include ‘Grandpa” Ralph participating in all the sports that were played on the street, afternoon visits on their driveway, his kind heart, thoughtfulness and helping hand. We will especially remember his smile and love of life.

    They were examples of true soul mates and wonderful people. We hope that you find comfort knowing that he is at peace now and they are reunited.

    The Mitchell Family
    Rick, Esther, Wilson and Tyson

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  6. Randy Mitchell/Janet Durksen

    We wish to express our deepest sympathies to the McGowan Family on the passing of Ralph (and Sheelagh). We got to know them through Rick and Esther and always enjoyed the many stories shared during our visits. They will be truly missed by their family and also by their many friends that they considered ‘family’. It was a privilege to have known them.

    Randy Mitchell
    Janet Durksen

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