Rowley, MA – Sharon (Byrne) McGowan, 54, of Rowley, died Thursday, October 23, 2014 at her home with her husband and dog at her side.
She was born August 5, 1960 in Greenwich, CT to Dr. Robert Byrne and the late Alice Byrne.
Sharon was a Wesleyan College graduate, absolutely loving that experience. Sharon started her medical career in Boston and married her husband Philip McGowan in 1985; together they shared 30 years of marriage. Changing careers to work outdoors, Sharon was a proud member of Iron workers Local 7 for 20 years. Sharon worked extensively on what is now the TD Garden and Zakim Bridge.
Two hobbies Sharon developed enviable skills in were; early 80’s VW diesel rabbit restorations, and fine woodworking, two complete kitchen renovations and many custom pieces were created.
Birding was an activity Sharon and Philip enjoyed together, twice venturing to Texas and luckily discovering, rarely seen in US, a Golden-cheeked Warbler.
Diagnosed with a grade 4 glioblastoma brain tumor in 2012, Sharon was released two days after surgery. She worked full time at Masconomet High School through her radiation and chemotherapy treatments before resigning several months later. This past year after complaining about increased fatigue Sharon was diagnosed with advanced cancer throughout. Despite incredible pain Sharon continued to pursue her hobbies with as much energy as she could muster.
In addition to her father and husband she is survived by her brother, Robert Byrne; aunts, Isabelle Farrington and Theresa Thomas; 6 nieces and nephews, and many loving cousins.
Sharon will forever be remembered for her love of life, learning and accomplishments.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Interment will be private.
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