Walter Lamont McGowan, 75, of Pinehurst, passed away November 1, 2013 on All Saints Day. Walter McGowan was born on December 27, 1937 in Philadelphia, PA  and graduated from Gettysburg College where he met his wife, MaryAnn. They were married January 27, 1962. “Walt” was the stalwart of their marriage and of their family. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him as a Christian, father, husband and friend.

Walt had a successful 35 year career as a private wealth manager in the financial services industry, including being named to Merrill Lynch’s “Circle of Excellence,” a title awarded to the firm’s top producers.

In 1994, after all three children graduated from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, Walt and MaryAnn retired to Pinehurst, NC.

Walt was very involved in the community and in his churches in both NJ and NC. He was also heavily involved in his children’s sports activities. Some of his many past credits include: Captain of the Gettysburg College Basketball Team (1958-59); President of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity; several leadership roles in the NJ Republican Party; Board member and Vice President of Essex Fells Country Club, NJ; President of the Pinehurst Forum, NC.

Walt is survived by his wife of 51 years, MaryAnn McGowan; their children Bradley W. McGowan and wife Jennifer of PA; Mark D. McGowan of NJ; and Meredith M. Zengo and husband Mark of Darien, CT; grandchildren Taylor of  NY, Peter, Brian and Molly of Darien, CT; brothers Bob and David and sister Louise.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in memory of Walter L. McGowan to First Health Hospice and Palliative Care, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC  28374. https//  A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Boles Funeral Home of Pinehurst is serving the family.

 — by the Family