Myron A. Gowans

LEESBURG, FLA.—Myron Anthony “Buddy,” “Reds,” “Captain” Gowans, 90, of Leesburg passed away peacefully at his home Wednesday, August 29, 2018, surrounded by loving family.

Myron, born in Washington, D.C., was the son of Myron Anthony Gowans Sr., and Anna Alverta Beattie. While in high school, he fudged his age to join the U.S. Navy during World War II, and helped protect the U.S. from German U Boats in the Atlantic Theatre.

Returning home, he became a Washington, D.C. firefighter with the #2 Truck, #9 and #16 Engines, and the #3 Rescue Squad. As a “Friend of Bill’s” for more than 45 years, he was most gracious in his dedication and service to others.

Myron’s love of the sea was contagious; he enjoyed taking everyone on his boat, the Anna A, for fun and fishing. On land he played golf and always wanted to know your handicap. He shot pool with the best, and could always spin a good yarn. As a devout Catholic, Myron was a member of St. Francis deSales Catholic Church in Kilmarnock and St. Paul’s in Leesburg, Fla., and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Myron is survived by his wife of 48 years, Margaret Ellen Gowans; his sister, Laura Rodarte; his daughters, Myra Gowans, Delours (Delly) Scott, Marian Gowans, Theresa Gowans; his stepchildren, Dolores Peck, Timothy and Matthew Martin; 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by daughter, Kathleen (Kathy) Eaton; and his first wife, Agnes Wheeler.

Myron’s wishes for a simple service were to “Just put my ashes in the bay and think of me every time you eat a crab.”

There will be a celebration of his life “Up Home” in Whiteford, Md., at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Retired Firefighters Association of Washington, D.C., or Lake County, Florida, in his memory.