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Patrick J. McGowan, 70, an accountant who had a long and distinguished career in the Buffalo area, died Tuesday (Nov. 26, 2002), after a long illness, in the University of Massachusetts Medical Center near Boston.

McGowan was born in New York City, where he graduated from Regis High School. He earned a bachelor's degree from Fordham University in New York in 1953.

After college, McGowan served in the Air Force for several years.

In the mid-1950s, he accepted a job with the accounting firm of Arthur Young, where he spent his entire career. He retired in 1990, after the firm had merged with another to become Ernst & Young.

In 1958, McGowan transferred from the firm's downstate office to the Buffalo area. Shortly after he arrived, McGowan became a partner in the accounting firm. He eventually rose to the position of head of the tax division of the firm's Buffalo office.

McGowan lived in Eggertsville from 1958 to 1960 before moving to Orchard Park, where he lived for the rest of his life.

His wife, the former Marion McCallion, died in 1984.

McGowan was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the former Mid-Day Club of Buffalo, a lunch club for which he served as treasurer.

In 1988, he was named Accountant of the Year by Canisius College.

McGowan also was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and was the Buffalo Chapter president of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

McGowan enjoyed fishing and golf.

He was an active volunteer at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in Orchard Park.

Survivors include two sons, Patrick J. of Princeton, Mass., and John P. of Danville, Calif.; two sisters, Catherine O'Connor of Edgewater, Fla., and Anne Martin of Ridgefield, Conn.; and six grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in Nativity of Our Lord Church, 4414 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park. Burial will be in the church cemetery.


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