Kirk James McGowan

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Smart & Edwards Funeral Home
183 Madison Ave
Skowhegan, ME

Kirk James McGowan
1959 - 2018
SHOWHEGAN - Kirk James
McGowan, 59, of Skowhegan died on Aug. 7, 2018, 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 from 1989 - 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 wheelchair 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 second 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, ME 04976
c/o Jane Bigelow
Guidance Department

Published in Central Maine on Aug. 10, 2018
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