Obituary — Rick McGowan

Rick McGowan

Rick McGowan

Rick McGowan passed away suddenly June 13, 2019, from a complication relating to Alzheimer’s disease at his home in Shelburne.

He was all action, the guy with the brisk walk, intense stories and a twinkle in his eye, always ready to “do the right thing” or get up and dance. He was well-known for his intelligence, integrity, love of adventure and photography. Rick was born on Feb. 26, 1948.

Rick provided his solar and wind power expertise to water development projects in Yemen, Somalia, Botswana, Lesotho and Malawi for Associates in Rural Development (ARD). Rick also had a lively career as an independent consultant, managing projects throughout Indonesia, Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India and the Philippines, and most recently, a large project in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Rick left behind a wife, Nancy, and son, Ed; two brothers, Cork and Dennis; a stepmother, Pat; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Many friends will remember him: his Men’s Team of 30 years, professional colleagues from around the world, friends from Peace Corps (Nepal, Class 24) and friends from Taipei American school.

We invite you to celebrate his life at a service to be held in his honor at the Unitarian Church, 152 Pearl St. on Aug. 25, 2019 at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Rick’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association would be heartening. Please visit for a full obituary.

Rick lived his life fully … love, friendships, fun, adventure, ambition, and acclaim. To the end, Rick was able to maintain excellent quality of life, continued to hike and travel close to home, to have fun with his ‘best girl’ Pidge at the dog park. He was a unique individual and made the world a better place wherever he could.

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