NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

August 7, 2013

George Robert Cowan


EXETER, NH — George Robert Cowan, 69, of Exeter, N.H., and former longtime Amesbury resident, died Monday evening, August 5, 2013, at Exeter Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Janice P. (Dubenitz) Cowan.

Born on December 10, 1943, in Bronx, N.Y., he was one of three children of the late George and Elizabeth (Borland) Cowan. He was a graduate of Salem College in West Virginia.

He taught speech at Louisville High School in Louisville, Ohio, and after moving to Amesbury, taught speech at Masconomet Regional High School in Middleton until his retirement. For some years, George was a sales trainer for Shawmut Bank, then started his own training company, Cowan Communications. He also worked part time for John Farley Clothier in Newburyport and for the Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Homes in Amesbury, Haverhill, Merrimac and Newburyport.

George was a member of St. John’s Lodge, A.F. & A.M. of Newburyport.

Proud of his Scottish heritage, he could be seen dressed in full Scottish regalia at special occasions, and always enjoyed attending the New Hampshire Highland Games and Festival.

In addition to his wife, Jan, and mother-in-law, Ruth Dubenitz of Exeter, he is survived by three stepchildren, Laurie and Chris Wile, Kristen and Desmond Patrice, and Philip and Karen Mayo; his two sisters, Margaret Wood and Sandra Cowan; seven grandchildren, Jeffrey, Connor and Travis Wile, Lauren and Danielle Patrice, and Abigail and Cameron Mayo; several nieces, nephews; many dear friends; and his beloved Basset hound, Bogey.

He will be remembered for his quick wit and sense of humor, his dedication to family and friends, and his constant positive outlook on life.

ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours will be at the Highland Street Chapel of Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury, on Thursday, from 5 to 8 p.m., with Masonic Services conducted by St. John’s Lodge at 4:30 p.m. Funeral services at the funeral home will be on Friday at 11 a.m. Interment will be private for the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the New Hampshire SPCA, P.O. Box 196, Stratham, NH 03885, or to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 60 Walnut Street, Wellesley, MA 02481.