John McGowan

Highfield Rd, Sligo & formerly of St. Brigids Place, Sligo.

31 Jul, 2022

Suddenly & Peacefully at Sligo University Hospital.

John, predeceased by his parents Jim & May and his wife Carmel. Sadly missed & lovingly remembered by his children Ciara, Kelvin, Sean & Colin, daughters-in-law Catherine (Keaveney), Rebecca (Dolan-McLoughlin), brother Jimmy, sisters Marian, Kathleen (Burke), Claire (Smith), Shiela (Grennan), Anne (Ruane), Therese (Kiernan), his adored grandchildren Abbie, Ríadh, Maddox & Cian,  brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Rest in Peace.

Reposing at The Foley & McGowan funeral home, Market House, Market Yard, Sligo on Wednesday from 5pm to 6.30pm.  Funeral will leave his residence on Thursday morning at 11am to arrive at St, Anne’s Church, Sligo for Requiem mass at 11.30am followed by burial in Sligo Cemetery.

John’s funeral mass can be live streamed on

House strictly private please.

Family flowers only please donations in lieu of flowers if desired to North West Hospice, care of The Foley and McGowan Funeral Home.

You are welcome to leave a message of condolence for his family on the funeral home website.

You are welcome to leave a message of condolence below for the family – please see form at bottom of page. Alternatively, you can send a private message to the family on


  1. Sending our deepest sympathy to you Ciara, Kelvin, Sean and Colin, Catherine and Rebecca, Abbie, Ríadh, Maddock and Cian, all of John’s extended family in particular his sister Marian. We hope your treasured memories will help you at this sad time. May John rest in eternal peace 🙏

  2. We wish to express our deepest condolences to Kelvin and all the McGowan family. A gentleman who will be sadly missed. May he rest in eternal peace

  3. Deepest sympathy to his family and his brother and sisters. May John rest in peace. He was a great mentor to numerous sports people throughout the years in Sligo.

  4. Rip John one of lifes gentlemen.
    Sincere condolences to his family and friends

  5. May he rest in peace. Great memories of John and Sligo All Stars in the Collooney Sports centre many moons ago. Sincere sympathies to all the family. Ciaran Murphy, Galway.

  6. Our deepest heartfelt sympathy to the extended McGowan family on the very sad passing of your beloved John. May God give ye strength at this very difficult time. May John rest in eternal peace in his heavenly home with his beloved Carmel.

  7. rip and god be with you all at this sad time..rembering you all jimmy, marian, claire sheila and anne and theresa, prayers are with you all and his grandchildren, as this sad time. god bless you all. he was a lovey person, claire foley o’connor tavares fl.

  8. Deepest Condolences to the McGowan family. John aka “the Coach” made an impact on so many through his love of sports.

  9. Sending our love and support at this sad time to all the family. John will be sadly missed.
    Edel Fallon and family

  10. Deepest condolences to all the McGowan Family. John introduced, inspired and coached so many of us to love the game of basketball, his legacy will live on for many many years. May he rest in peace.

  11. My deepest sympathy to all the McGowan Family on the sudden death of John. Played with and against him decades ago. A gentleman and a serious competitor. May he rest in peace.

  12. So so sorry to hear of the sad passing of John.I pass on my sincere condolences to all the McGowan family at this very sad time.
    John was a legend both on and off the basketball court.He inspired,nurtured and instilled important core values in me and I’m sure so many others.Thank you for everything John.You were simply the BEST.May you rest in peace x

  13. Sincerest condolences to Ciara and all the McGowan family. Thinking of you all, Rest in Peace.

  14. Very sad news to hear of John’s passing. Thinking of all his family. Fond memories of John growing up particularly around Basketball. RIP

  15. My condolences to the McGowan family and all involved in Sligo Basketball on behalf of UCD Marian Basketball Club. John was a fantastic player and there were many great battles between our clubs in the 1970’s. John then moved on to do great work in coaching and motivation and I was very happy to present him with the President’s Award in the mid-1990’s. After a life well-spent, may John now rest in peace.

  16. Sincere condolences to John’s family, relations, and friends in Sligo Basketball he was a truly great Sportsperson, gone to a better life, may he rest in peace.
    Bob Hartigan, Killester Basketball Club.

  17. What a wonderfully inspiring and well-deserved tribute to John this morning. So sorry to be unable to be there in person. John leaves an immense sporting legacy. For the record, I believe that John played on the Irish senior team when it recorded its first-ever European victory – against Iceland in Reykjavik with Tom O’Brien coaching. Very sincere sympathy to all the McGowan family.

  18. Deepest condolences Ciara, Kelvin, Sean and Colin. May your dad rest in peace.

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