Robert A. McGowan, Jr.

  • Born: May 15, 1937
  • Died: December 23, 2019
  • Location: Ridley Park, Pennsylvania

Cavanagh Family Funeral Home

301 Chester Pike
Norwood, PA 19074

Tel. (610) 532-3120

Tribute & Message From The Family

Robert A. McGowan, Jr., age 82 of Ridley Park, PA (formerly of Wildwood Crest, NJ) passed on to Heaven Monday, December 23, 2019 after a short illness.

Beloved husband of Frances Ann Thomas McGowan for 59 years, father of 7 children: Mary Kelly (John) of Wildwood Crest, NJ, Bob McGowan III (Sheila) of Richmond, VA, Roseanne P. Bradley (John III) of Prospect Park, PA, Kathleen Silvestri (Mike) of Prospect Park, PA, Marty McGowan (Shelli) of Prospect Park, Stephen McGowan (Jenne) of Springfield, PA and John N. McGowan (Kelly) of Ridley Park, PA, 15 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Bob was born and raised in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia and married the love of his life on May 14, 1960, moving to Prospect Park to raise his family. Bob worked for GE and Lockheed Martin for 38 years before retiring to Wildwood Crest, NJ. He returned to Delaware County 5 years ago, joining St. Madeline's Church where he was a cantor and member of the choir. Bob was an original member of the Blue-Grey Voices Choir.

Visitation will be held in St. Madeline's Church Monday, December 30th from 9:00 – 11:00 am followed by a Funeral Mass at 11:00 am. Int. SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery - Immediate Family Only.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to St. Madeline's "Keep Cool Campaign", 110 Park St., Ridley Park, PA 19078, would be appreciated,


Condolence & Memory Journal

Hi I am Connie McGowan White in Atlanta. My cousins May McGowan in Philadelphia sent me this notice. My dad was Frank McGowan born 1901 and one of the 17 brothers and sisters. Can I assume that Bob was one of my Uncle Bobs son? I am so sorry for your loss. He looks like a wonderful man. I would love to make contact with someone in the family if and when you feel like it.

Posted by Connie White - Tucker, GA   December 30, 2019

May God's Grace and Mercy along with my prayers carry you through this difficult time.

Posted by Anita Moore - Philadelphia, PA - Coworker   December 30, 2019

We at Apt Management are so very sorry to hear of Mr. McGowan's passing. He will be missed! Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Janel Buchanan Porfolio Manager
Apt Management, Parkwynn Apartments

Posted by Janel Buchanan - Ridley Park, PA - Friend   December 30, 2019

So sorry for your loss. Bob was a good man who truly loved his family.

Posted by Mary Jo McBride - Glen Mills, PA   December 28, 2019


God strengthen and uphold the family through this difficult time of pain and grief. You are in my prayers.

Posted by Carmen Canales - East Norriton, PA - Coworker   December 27, 2019


Dear Fran and Family,
We are so so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. . .

Posted by Patrica Giordano-Norcutt - Lester, PA - Friend   December 26, 2019

Dear Fran and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sincerely, Dave and Sharon Farraday, Sr.

Posted by Sharon Farraday - Prospect Park, PA - friend   December 26, 2019

Marty, I am so very sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers

Posted by Suzanne Killion - Winston-Salem, NC   December 26, 2019

My sincerest condolences to the McGowan Family for the loss of your loved one, Robert, Jr., and pray you find comfort in Psalms 91:2.

Posted by JKH/JW    December 26, 2019

Thinking of you all during this difficult time. Sending love and prayers.

Posted by Kelly & Dave Farraday    December 24, 2019

Aunt Fran and cousins, very sorry to hear the loss of Uncle Bob. I remember the many family parties on 14th av and the Uncles playing poker. The voice of Uncle Bob was AMAZING. He was a great man and uncle. Sorry for your loss and I pray for your pain to ease and you all find comfort.

Posted by Jay Pike - Garnet valley   December 24, 2019


Dear Fran and family, our prayers are with you during this difficult time. My first memory of Bob is Our Lady of Fatima prayer meeting. His desire to know God and love Him fully was a quality I admired.
Rest in Peace Bob!

Posted by Deacon Gary and Margie Guy - Norwood, PA   December 23, 2019

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