Norman C. Magowan Jr., 62, of Grafton


Obit Norman C. Magowan Jr.Grafton – Norman C. Magowan Jr., resident of Grafton, passed away peacefully Saturday, May 7, 2016 after fighting a courageous 8-1/2-year battle with prostate cancer.

He leaves behind his wife of 24 years, Kelly (Ryan) Magowan, and his children, Glenna and Patrick. He was predeceased by his parents, Glendolyn (Peck) Magowan and Norman C. Magowan Sr., and two siblings, Nancy and Roger. He leaves his siblings, Glendolyn Burroughs of Texas, Marcia and her husband Craig Barnes of Braintree, Gary and his wife Carmen Magowan of Michigan, Janet and her husband Alan Fralick of Georgia, Sharon and her husband Branden Humphrey of Rhode Island, Karen and her husband John Bergeron of Connecticut, Dennis and his wife Lisa Magowan of Millbury, and Claire Lisak, Kay Kowalczyk, Alice Hubert, and Arthur and his wife Carol Magowan, all of Northbridge. He also leaves many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends who always loved visiting and being with “Uncle Norman.”

Norman joined the Navy after graduating Northbridge High School in 1973, and was honorably discharged in 1977. After his discharge, he went to work for Soldier System Command Army Base in Natick. He worked there for 33 years, starting as an electrician, promoted to shop supervisor, and finally retiring in 2014.

He loved spending time with his family. Some of their happiest memories are of their yearly family vacations to Story Land, Santa’s Village or Disney World, or just staying home with lots of fun times and “cannonballs” in the pool.

Norman enjoyed working with his hands and always had what was needed to do the job – his garage had any spare parts needed to fix anything. He loved being outdoors and fishing. Some of his favorite times were spent in Maine with his friend, Dan Peloquin.

Norman also loved playing horseshoes, Uno and “Bluegle,” poker and “hanging out” in his garage with his brother, Dennis, and nephew, Bruce Lisak. He also cherished his time doing the daily jumble with his puzzle buddy, Sharon Wyman.

Calling hours will be held Tuesday, May 10, from 3:30-6:30 p.m., at Roney Funeral Home, 152 Worcester St., North Grafton. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 ( or Worcester VNA Care Hospice, 120 Thomas St., Worcester, MA 01608.

All are welcome to share a memory of Norman or message of sympathy with his family in an online guestbook