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The Honorable Charles M. McGowan Veteran
May 26, 2013


McGowan of Dedham, The Honorable Charles M., age 89.
"Charlie" Passed quietly on May 26th after a brief illness. Beloved husband of the late Irene (Ralph) McGowan, Former Assistant Clerk Magistrate of the Dedham District Court. Charlie is survived by his three children: Alicen J. and husband Gerald Unger of Chicago, Charles M. McGowan Jr. Esq. and his wife Leslie of Westwood, Craig J. McGowan and his wife Christine of East Sandwich, eight loving grandchildren, Sasha and, Arlen Gerritson, Courtney McNeil, Sara Shehata, Christian McGowan, Taryn, Ryan, and Scott McGowan and five great grandchildren.

Charlie was one of nine brothers all born and raised in Boston. His only remaining brother, Bernard, resides in Florida. Charlie spent many years as a real estate appraiser and broker before entering local and state politics. He served as a member, and later Chairman, of the Dedham Board of Selectman and was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1968-1978. He then served as the Sergeant at Arms for the House of Representatives for ten years prior to retiring in 1988. He received his Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree from Framingham State College. He was a member of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus, Mass Legislators Assn. and Norfolk County Selectman's Assn. Charlie was a long time member of the 'Norfolk County Golf Club'. He was a Trustee of 'Norfolk', a scratch golfer most of his playing days and sank three hole in one drives in his lifetime.

Funeral from the George F. Doherty & Sons, Wilson-Cannon Funeral Home, 456 High St. Dedham Fri. May 31 at 10 AM. Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Dedham at 11 AM. Visiting hours Thurs. May 30 3-7 PM. Interment Brookdale Cemetery, Dedham. US Army Veteran, WWII.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Charlie’s memory to the Jimmy Fund, c/o Dana Farber Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168 or at

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George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home - Dedham
456 High Street
Dedham, MA 02026