Brother Thomas McGowan, OFM

Brother Thomas McGowan, OFM, 78, of Saint Anthony’s Shrine, Arch St., Boston, died after an illness at Tufts Medical Center in Boston on May 21, 2011. He was the beloved son of the late Frederick and Grace (Sullivan) McGowan. Born in Lawrence, MA as John Edward McGowan, Brother Thomas was a member of the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province for 55 years. He entered the order on January 24, 1956 and initially served in New York before being transferred to Boston in 1972. Brother Thomas is survived by his siblings: Grace Donovan of Salem, NH and Fred McGowan and his wife Mary of Lawrence, MA. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Visiting hours at Saint Anthony’s Shrine, 100 Arch St., first floor chapel on Tuesday, May 24, 4-7PM with a Vigil Service at 7:00PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the second floor chapel on Wednesday at 11:00AM. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery, West Roxbury.