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Thomas J.P. McGowan, 84, died November 28, 2009 at Indian River Medical Center, Vero Beach.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York and lived in Vero Beach for 17 years coming from Huntington, New York.

Dr. McGowan was educated at Fordham University, New York University Medical School and the Brooklyn Eye and Ear Institute. He practiced for over forty years specializing in Ophthalmology. His abilities focused primarily on cataract surgery and corneal transplants

He was a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre, a Knight of Malta and was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Cherie F. McGowan of Vero Beach, daughters Christine Inglis, Megan Kuntz, Catherine Crimmins, Maureen Lavelle, son, Thomas Sean McGowan, 15 Grand Children and one Great Grand Child.

SERVICES: Visitation will be 3-6 pm on December 1, 2009 at Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach. Further services will be held in Huntington, NY and burial will be at St. Patricks Cemetery.