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Joseph McCowell John

Joseph McCowell John

Died: Friday, January 16, 2004
Age: 60
Grosse Pointe Woods resident Joseph John McCowell, 60, died on Friday, Jan. 16, 2004.

Born in Ingersol, Ontario on Feb. 20, 1943, Mr. McCowell went to St. Anneís High School in Tecumseh where he was a standout on the schoolís hockey and football teams. He studied business administration at the University of Detroit and moved to Grosse Pointe in 1976.

He owned J-Mack Corp., which has represented numerous automotive suppliers. He also managed the Grosse Pointe Old Devils, a senior menís hockey club, which plays locally and in North American tournaments.

An avid and active sailor, who competed in 22 Port Huron to Mackinac races, he also coached youth sports, especially hockey.

Mr. McCowell had an active interest in the career of Olympic womenís hockey gold medalist Angela Ruggerio, a Detroit area resident now attending Harvard University. He organized an Old Devils Detroit dinner for the USA Womenís Hockey Team in 2002 just prior to the start of Olympic Competition in Salt Lake City, Utah.

He was a longtime member of Bayview Yacht Club and St. Joan of Arc Parish.

On Jan. 18, 1965, Mr. McCowell met Marilyn Novakovich at a family wedding. They were married six months later on Sept. 25, 1965, and have one son, Sean P. (Kristin) McCowell.

Besides his wife and son, Mr. McCowell is survived by two grandchildren, Patrick J. McCowell and Conner S. McCowell; his mother, Jeanne DíArc Bezaire; his mother-in-law Stella Souchak; brothers, Paul, Brian and Jerome; and sisters, Harriet and Monica. He was preceded in death by his father, Anthony McCowell.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 21620 Mack Ave. in St. Clair Shores.

Memorial contributions may be made to Focus Hope or the American Heart (Michigan) Association.
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