- 65 years old
- Date of birth: Oct 1, 1947
- Place of birth:
- Date of passing: Mar 12, 2013
- Place of passing:
|May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, The rains fall soft upon your fields and, Until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand|
This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Terry McGowan, 65, born on October 1, 1947 and passed away on March 12, 2013. We will remember him forever.
A celebration of Terry's life will be held on:
Friday March 15, 2013 at Barrie Central United Church
54 Ross Street, Barrie ON
Visitation 11-1pm Service 1pm Reception to Follow
As was Terry's wish he will be buried at his Wife Ann's Family Plot:
What a beautiful tribute to your husband. What a beautiful family."
"Thanks Terry. GB Dan"
"Terry I KNOW I will see you again my dear selfless friend.I pray for all those lost last year five family members and 5 from the fellowship in my prayers every night and you are one of my angels."
"Wow, Ann a whole year of healing,remembering and missing has just passed. I admire your strength as you have carried on a new journey in your life with Meagan. Terry you were always such a strong support for me in my journey, teaching me how to enjoy life whatever it might bring. I am very blessed to have known you. Ann, I am grateful to know you. Sending you a big hug today!"
"Terry was a good friend and confident, we could talk about work in our cryptic manor, I miss him and his advise, Ann I lite a candle at mass and do often, he will be missed, I will be on parade Sunday this week. Salute"
"Yesterday was a very tough day. It has been a hard year. Not a day goes by that I haven't thought about you. Sometimes it's something I see or hear, perhaps an experience or even a smell that being you to mind. Yesterday was no different. You are always in my thoughts and Brooklyn still talks about her Gramps!
Miss you so much dad.
"My Dear Love Terry,
I didn't know how to express how I felt today until a wonderful young girl who didn't know me, or know it was your one year anniversary, turned to me in line and said 'Have You heard this Song?'. Then she played this for me on her phone. This is what I think and feel too....
The song is called 'Dancing in the Sky' by Dani and Lizzy
Love and miss you Terry. Ann"
"Thinking of you all today ... BIG HUGS ALL ROUND. Hope you are up there laughing and joking around with Brian Terry."
"Terry, your smile, and laugh, are always remembered. Brought up often in conversations, and I know your watching from your perch and smiling still. To Ann Meg, Ryan and Shane, carry on and he will always be with you"
"think of you often Terry, especially at meetings. you will always be my sponsor. save me a chair up there. you will be happy to know i'm smoke free 18 months now. so long for now my friend."
"From one caregiver to another i would just like to say to Ann & Meg what love,courage,and determination you showed us all with Terrys Journey in life. Ann you stood by your husband in good times,and bad , for better or worse. What an incredible support system he had with you and meg . .Terry has touched many lives , and lived life to the fullest . Anyone who knew Terry would have him in their heart for forever and a day ! We miss you Teddy Bear until we meet again xoxoxoxo"
"One day at a time Ann. Sorry about your loss, Terry was a really kind man. God bless you and your family."
"Hello Everyone, March 12 2014 will mark the one year anniversary of Terry's passing. Please remember him on this day then make a toast to him on St. Patrick's Day which is March 17 2014 - with drink of your choice.
God Bless you all, and thank you for all the support you have given me, and us during this difficult time.
"There is not a day that I do not think about Terry.He is in my prayers always.What a loss!"
"Happy birthday Terry, you have a good bunch to celebrate with up there now. We miss you."
"my good friend i miss u much and will be truly easy for me to remember seeing as you passed on my belly button birthday, i will always remember you terry and what you did for me and countless others god bless Jimmy. T"
"Happy Birthday to a loving man with incredible integrity who silently changed hearts by his example. I will never forget Terry and hope to see him again in the next life. Condolences to the family who undoubtedly miss him terribly."
On this your birth date, you are fondly remembered by your family and many friends/co-workers.
You were a true friend and co-worker.
It was a great privilege to have known you & worked with you."
"remembering the monday nights spent in your kithen with Terry and the Big Book. greatly added to my sobriety and will always remember when."
"Terry was the most selfless person I ever met.A real doer.Compassionate,comforting yet with a directness that he used when needed.I have had 12 passing this year and pray every evening for each. Hal Lumley"
"Though it was only for a short time that Adele and myself got to know Terry through Ann, it was an amazing time. To see the strength he had and showed to so many people, his faith in God, all encouraging. Now in the arms of Jesus we will all soon be together again for all eternity. Today you will have the angels singing to you."
"Way to go Terry, abraxane has been approved by the FDA. Now others will be able to enjoy living longer and can take drugs to counteract the dreadful side effects you experienced but chose to endure to be part of the study. You life has made such a difference to so many. Thank you. I love you."
"I love this site, and am shocked to find I have not contributed to it. Terry was such wonderful support for Brian and I. Always positive, cracking jokes with Brian and taking him out. God bless you. I feel privileged to have had you in my life. To Ann and Meg ... "Sorry" is just not enough. Huge hugs to you both, and to Terry's sons."
"I went to Police College with Terry in 1968. Met up with him again after retiring in 1996 when he went with IRG. Had a great many laughs and he bought me a drink once for a thank you. The drink, and he was not drinking at this time , was a GALLON OF JACK DANIELS BURBON. I always talk of the day with a laugh and fond memories."
"My Dearest Love Terry, It has been 10 days since your passing and my heart still aches. I will always love you and miss you. Ann"
"One of the few guys at 14 Division in the early 70's who would take the time to teach a rookie. A big man with a big heart and a great cop. Your tour of duty is over Terry. My sincere condolences to your entire family."
"Terry was one of the 'good guys' in our fellowship.
I am blessed to have known him.
Good bye my friend."
"On behalf of the Drop In Baking girls at Gilda's Club ,we wish to say goodbye to our favourite "taste tester". We enjoyed some good stories and laughs with you.It was a pleasure knowing you Terry"
"Dear Ann and Family, so sorry to hear of Terrys' passing. Even though memories of Terry will be locked away in your heart forever, let those memories surface every now and then to ease the pain and sorrow that you all must be feeling. Sincere sympathy for everyone at this time. Cousin - Deborah Lytle and family"
"Ann and Family: I am so sorry for your loss. Every time I saw the updates he sent out he seemed so positive. I'm sure the love and care that his family gave to him throughout his illness gave him the strength and the will to continue on longer than he might have. You will be missed Terry!!!"
"I only knew you through Ann, but you were part of the Thin Blue Line, like my husband. May God bless you and your family. R.I.P., we have the watch."
"Dear Ann,Meghan,Shane & Ryan, My heartfelt sympathy to each one of you. Terry was a special person. He taught us how to live a good life, face adversary and love with all his heart. He was a man of faith, hope and charity - all the great virtues, with just enough of that Irish devilment to make him human.I'll be wearing the green for Terry onf the 17th. 'Gorra Morra Gaw'. Love Aunt Joan"
"Terry, it has ben a number of years since we last shared our last times together. In thoes few years we created a number of life time memories, not to be repeated, only to be remembered. "hurricane gilbert". Really unfortunate that your life had to end in this way and now, that your days are in the past, A final toast to your spirit today and our paths crossing again. c u later, Murray"
"1973. In uniform A complaint regarding a disorderly at Dundas and Ossington Next thing fighting for my life. Terry arrived. Pulled assailant off me and slammed him to pavement. Terry saved my life that day. You did so much good R.I.P. brother your watch over......"
"We were cadets together and as I was born 03 Oct.47 we were also in the same Probationary Constable Class , R 3 , and worked 14 division. Have not seen Terry for years but have many memories. So sorry Ann and family ,I share your sorrow having lost my wife and sister to cancer."
"My thoughts and prayers are there for Terry and his wonderful family. Terry and I along with a select few others had the privilege of starting the first foot patrol in 14 Division. Those were great days we had together as we were Kings on our foot patrol areas. Working with Terry resulted in some great police work and I must admit some great partying. God bless Terry and his family."
"I know a lot about the BEST THINGS IN LIFE because I had Terry as a friend. He will always be in my prayers and thoughts..........Ron Yarnick"
"Terry, Although we never met in person, you certainly enriched my life. Blessings to the family."
"Terry lived, loved and laughed. "Ann, Megan and family. So sorry for your loss. Ann great "chili" on your move to Barrie. Boys remember the trip to airport getting your Dad there. 21 Div front desk midnights and where is Terry! The best smile ever. Loved his Mountie jacket. Xmas Lunch 2012. You fought hard and will be remembered. Diane and I continue the struggle. Love Forever"
"My heart go out to Ann, Megan, Shane and Ryan. Sixteen years ago today, March 15th, I lost my Dad to cancer. He too was 65. Terry reminded me so much of my Dad. His courage and ability to smile and send his love to others even in his darkest moments is truly the mark of a hero. Today we say adios, farewell to a hero. May he live on in our hearts as he embarks on his next adventure."
"Ann, Megan and family. So sorry for your loss. Terry will be greatly missed by us all at 21 Division. Terry came out every year to our CIB xmas lunch and was very positive at the lunch in December. Rest in peace and God Bless you Terry."
"I only knew Terry for a few short years but he was some one that you would never forget,A very special person who will be greatly missed by all. My sincere condolences to Anne and the family."May God Bless you..and may you rest in Peace."my friend."
"To Ann and family, Terry gave it all for this disease,I know how you feel.
It's hard to sit back and watch someone you love be taken by it.
I share your thoughts I've been there twice, And time will heal the pain your feeling now. God Bless you all."
"Partnered with McGoo at CFSEU in the 80's. Dedicated and professional police officer. Stayed in touch over the years, last spoke to him Fri before his passing, still the same guy. Fought this battle like the true trooper that he was. Ann, Meghan, Shayne & Ryan my condolences, sorry unable to attend. RIP my friend."
"Ann, Meghan and the boys Shane and Ryan my thoughts and prayers are with you all.Terry and I did a lot of traveling to-gether we had a lot of talks and a lot of laughs. I will never forget him and what he did for me. What a Great Man and Friend if I could be half the Man he was I would be Happy. Terry will always be in my Heart and mind. Ken"
"I am a 57 year old retired Police Officer from 51 Division. I do not know if Terry would have remembered me, but I first met him around 1977-78 when he came to 51 Division as a Road Sergeant. I was a young uniformed PC. Terry was a great road Sergeant and he assisted me in developing into the Officer I came to be. I am so proud to say that I had the pleasure to work with him. RIP"
"I first met Terry in 78 at the old Intelligence building on Richmond Street. He was always good to meet, happy and smiling. Our family has prayed many prayers and lit many candles for Terry and the family and continue. He was such a brave guy and a loved man. Our side has lost a good one."
"I went to high school & played hockey with Terry for the Newmarket Redman. He was a leader, fierce competitor, Billy Smith style, didn't like the mask. I remember him decking Aurora's "goon" in the pre game skate to get us fired up. Off the ice he was a gentle, generous & very popular person who knew everybody. A true friend"
"Ann and Megan. so sorry for your loss and you are in my prayers. Terry was my sponsor for the past 12 years and truly was an inspiration and a friend to me. I will always think of our big book sessions on monday evenings in your kitchen. will not be able to attend as my partner is entering guelph hospital tomorrow for knee replacement but my thoughts will be with you as well as my prayers"
"Dear Ann, Meghan and Family, I was really sorry to read about Terry's passing. I, like a few others, met Terry at 14 Division. He was a great colleague and in every sense of the word was a solid guy. These tributes speak volumes. So sorry I won't be there on Friday as we are down south. May God bless and keep you all. Ed"
You are as fine an example of honesty, courage and perseverance as one will see. True inspiration. Thank--you for sharing your friendship.
To you Ann and family, continued thoughts and prayers your way.
May God Bless You,"
"Terry..a great friend and inspiration.I will remember the booming voice, the hearty laugh and the quick humour. In adversity and pain, instead of complaint, there was hope, gratitude, and faith. Courage and conviction replaced fear and doubt. You "thoroughly followed" the path and helped many others to do the same. But then.."An angel came and took you by the hand..." Goodbye for now."
"Ann and Family, a great guy with a wonderful sense of humour.
Sorry for your loss. He'll be missed. He's in a better place now."
"So sorry for our loss
Love to Terry, and everyone he touched"
"brave and unwavering his words were, and his aura so serene. Terry's presence and blessed commitment to AA will be surely missed. I am grateful to have known, and even though very small, been a part of his life through the program. Heartfelt condolences to Anne and the family..."
"Reading through all these memorials i see I am one of the many lucky people in this world who has had the honour and pleasure of knowing Terry Mcgowan. Always a kind word, always a smile, always encouraging and an inspiration. I sat with Terry at the noon hour meeting and listened while he shared with me the latest on his disease and upcoming treatments and remember being so touched at how"
"A heart felt hug to Ann, Magan and Terry,s 2 son,s
This is a wonderful way to shareTerries life.
I only knew Terry a short 3 weeks in person but kept in touch through sandy. God bless you all Lois"
"To Ann and family, my deepest condolences...Terry showed us how to walk the spiritual path (even in the adversities of life) happy, joyous and free. I do not say goodbye, but farewell my dear friend...no te digo adios, sino hasta siempre mi querido amigo!!!"
"Terry as usual you fought to the end but always smiling. May the wind be at your back. You Terry are a great man. Anne and Megan I am very sorry for your lose. God bless you Terry.........."
"Ann, Megan, Ryan and Shane
Terry was a warrior. He fought hard to stay with you.
I saw him just before Christmas and as always he was positive and determined to do all he could to get well. Terry never did anything in half measures he was an excellent detective and faced life and death with determination and humour. He was an inspiration. I will miss him."
"Thank you for being my freind Terry"
"I had known Terry for a number of years and he had always been a kind, generous and compassionate person. He would share with others in his program of recovery. Thanks for all the chats and help when it was needed. Thanks for showing me about courage and hope. You will be missed. May you find rest. To Ann and family, my heartfelt condolences."
"I remember Terry when I worked with him at 14 Division/14 Division Plainclothes office / Toronto Police Service. When Terry was around we were always laughing...a sense of humor I enjoyed. We lost contact when I moved on to other policing areas after 10 years at 14 Division. Occasionally, over the years I heard his name and met him during different investigations."
I am shocked but somewhat encouraged by your leaving. There is no doubt you are in a far better place. The number of people you sponsored in AA and the excellent work and support you and Anne provided for ALPHA at BFMC will be fondlly remebered. I for one consider it a pleasure to have know you. I'll meet you in the morning"
"Too my friend who just entered Gods House, we will miss you. I have the memory of your strength and guidence which you gave us all. the laughter we shared and the compassion you gave. Take care my friend, I will keep you in my thoughts and in my heart. May God Bless us all through our memories of you..and may you rest in Peace."
"Terry spoke for me at my 5 yr. medallion. I knew him for awhile as he also sponsored my boyfriend. He was a very nice man. I ran into him at a supermarket up north years ago which was nice and then I saw Anne + Terry at the ORC (i think) and they gave me one of their magnets from their business. He will be missed. My sincere condolences to Anne and the family."
"I am sad to hear that Terry has passed on as I know the vacancy he left in this world is large. He was a wonderful role model, a man dedicated to his family and to a life of service. I hope the time does come that we all get to see one another again. My heart goes out to the family."
"Terry, you will be missed by all of us from our grad class R3.......you are truly unique........"
"Your spirit will always be with me. The laughter we shared many years ago and your strength and caring was so precious. I will always remember the day you and Ann met and fell in love. May you rest in peace Terry you will be missed. I wish strength to Shane, Ryan , Ann and family at this time. Terry was such a wonderful man."
"Dear Ryan & Shane: We are very sorry for the loss of your father. We will forever remember the love, warmth and happiness we shared with your dad during our friendship and travels together. You are in our thoughts and prayers."
"Terry and I were in the same Probationary Constable Class. It has been a very long time since our paths crossed but I most definitely remember him as a fine man with a great sense of humour. I have the utmost respect for the courageous way he dealt with his illness right up to the time of his passing. RIP, Terry"
"Dear Shane and Ryan,
Please accept my deepest condolences in the loss of your Dad. I knew your Dad even before either of you were born. My thoughts and prayers are with you both and your families."
"I was a new rookie at 14 Div February 1974 and one of the first people I saw as I entered the station was big, stocky Terry near the front desk. I always remembered that. We crossed paths again ( Intelligence) and again at 21 Div. I admired Terry and he always had a smile and a warm greeting to give. He will never leave my mind. I am so sorry he is gone."
"To the McGowan Family my thoughts are with you for the passing of Terry. Terry was a good man and i often talked with him and respected him as a man and friend in our fellowship.He will not be forgotten."
"Rest well friend.... from 14 Div to the old 21... you worked hard and played harder. You were an inspiration, as well as a mentor. Wise words of wisdom and many good laughs, I will remember them all. Memories of the guy in a suit who stole a police car.... when you had no uniform to wear... to the summer of the "garage guy of Port Credit". Thoughts and prayers for the family."
"Just by reading all the tributes to Terry is a testimonial to the man Terry was and will always be remembered as. He was an inspiration to myself and many others. He gave this fight 1000 percent and then some.
He will be missed.
There is a new star in the sky today. Rest in peace Terry."
"Dear Ryan and Shane,
My deepest condolences. Some of my fondest memories are of us growing up as kids with your dad being around. Hockey games, Bahamas and adventures at his apartment. He will be missed."
"Dear Ann and Megan ....We are so sad to hear about Terry's passing and so very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you on this very very sad day. Eleanor Covert and Hugh Denney"
"Dear Ann and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Terry always had kind and encouraging words even with his battle. His strength is unforgettable and he will be missed but never forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
"You faced your battle with fortitude and dignity.
When I visited you last week, your words to me were
“I am pain free, have a beautiful wife
and I am surrounded by God, how could I not be alright”
Terry you have been, and will always be an inspiration.
Sleep well. We will see you in the morning."
"Dearest Ann and Family, we are so sorry for your loss, Terry,s bravery and battle was unforgetable. he touch us in friendship and will be miss by us. Just know you are forever in our hearts and prayer. Greg and Debbie Fry:("
"To the family I am so sorry for your loss. Terry and I like many others started our police careers in 14 Division. We walked the beat and hid from Patrol Sergeants. In those days socially we drank too much but as life progressed we learned our lessons. Remember old cops never die they just stop writing in their memo books. Sorry cannot attend service I am in Texas."
"Terry was my uncle, Godfather & the most fun grown- up that I knew as a child. But more than that, he was the father of two of the greatest men that I know. I know that Terry was truly proud of the men that Shane & Ryan have become and they are a true tribute to him every day in the way they live their lives. Rest in peace Terry."
"Terry was a brother to me both in our career pursuits and in our blessed program. Terry influenced so very many people in their respective paths in their pursuit of a better life. His quiet perseverance and his remarkable courage in his battle with his illness impressed me so. We will miss him. Now he belongs to the ages."
"Terry you wre a real friend in every sense of the word, i will miss our talks down at the Hospital, and will alway's think of you when I'm there, you were an Ispiration to All, Thank's for paving the way GoD Bless,You
Dear Ann so sorry for your loss you are in my prayers"
"Ann and Family, We are so sad to hear about Terry's passing and so very sorry for your loss. We have fond memories of Terry and his generous contribution not only to the Fellowship, but to lives of all he touched. Although we have moved away, Terry has always had and will continue to have a place in our hearts and will be greatly missed. Bill and Debbie Kelloway"
"Terry exemplified compassion, in an incident with me over a year ago his sharing with me got "me" through-wow. He would always be the first to say "how can I help" Terry was one of the most thorough persons I had the pleasure to know for almost 20 years. So sorry for your loss. May God guide his footsteps and bless his soul.Surely Terry is an angel."
"Terry. You were, No doubt, loved very, very much. The strength you showed battling this horrible disease was admirable Your memory will live on in every heart you touched and surely will in mine. I will be saluting you on St Patricks Day as you requested. Rest easy Terry. Ann and family I am sorry for your loss, may you all find the strength you need during this time. Xox"
"What can I say about Terry McGoo, I first met Terry back in the 80’s when I was assigned to CFSEU, little did I know then how much our lives would be intertwined. We have shared good fellowship as we “trudged the road of Happy Destiny. Until we meet again………."
"So sorry for your loss, I only knew Terry for a short time but his positive outlook to life and making each day a new beginning always inspired me. Rest in peace and know your family is being watched over."
"Ann and family - it's been a long time since I have seen you cousin Ann but my thoughts are with you and your family in this difficult time; Terry was clearly a very special person. Love, chris ford"
"You were a continued encouragement to me throughout your battle. You continued to live and praise God for every day despite the struggle. It was a great pleasure to have you for a friend, you will be missed."
"Thank you for your strength and for showing me and preparing me to be a dad myself. You will be in my heart forever. I love you!"
"My Dad, my hero, my friend. A truly great man, who lived life to the fullest even in the grip of a horrible disease. I learned so much from him, and we spent so many great times together. There is no one I'd rather watch a hockey game with :) I will miss him dearly and only hope that I can touch half as many lives as he did. I love you Dad..."