James Patrick McGowan

  • Born: March 25, 1968
  • Died: April 25, 2018
  • Location: Weehawken, New Jersey

Pelham Funeral Home

64 Lincoln Ave
Pelham, NY 10803

Tel. (914) 738-1060

Tribute & Message From The Family

James McGowan of Weehawken NJ, formerly of Limerick, Ireland, passed away on Wednesday April 25th, 2018. He was 50 years old. Born in Dublin, Ireland to Dr. Patrick and Joan McGowan, James was one of six children, raised in Limerick, where he attended Crescent College Comprehensive SJ. After graduation from secondary school, James attended the University of Limerick, graduating with a Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Upon graduation James moved to the United States to work in Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) Windsor CT, as a Senior Power Plant Design Engineer. He returned to Ireland in 1995 and received a Law Degree (JD LL.B) from University College Galway.  He then attended the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated with a Masters in Corporate Law (LL.M) in 1998. He started his financial career at Morgan Stanley and moved to the NYSE in 2001 as a Managing Director of Exchange Traded Funds (ETF). He spent his last eleven years at J.P. Morgan Chase as the Global Head of ETF Product Management.

James married Iva Dobrinski in 2004. The couple were blessed with their son Dylan, who is now eight years old. Dylan was James's life. As he expressed it, Dylan's birth was the happiest and most emotional day of his life.

James loved shooting baskets with Dylan, fishing, visiting the beach and his family in Ireland. He will be remembered as an intelligent, ambitious, loving, empathetic and kind soul. He had a quick smile and will be missed dearly by everyone who knew him. 

James was predeceased by his father, Dr Patrick McGowan, and his brother, Darragh. He is survived by his son Dylan, his mother Joan, brothers Peter (New York) and Fr. Martin SPS (Zambia), sisters Nicola (Campbell) and Trini, brother-in-law, his nieces and nephew, aunts and uncles, cousins, friends and colleagues. 

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in James name to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust.


Condolence & Memory Journal

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Posted by paul galligan - summit, NJ - Family   June 05, 2018

I recently became acquainted with James and I was very impressed with his intellect and curiosity. What really stood out, though, was his humility and his humanity...personal qualities that have become harder to find. I was deeply saddened to learn of his untimely passing, and I am sure that he will be missed by many.

Posted by Tom Luby - Randolph, NJ - friend   May 02, 2018

James was so full of life and always brought a smile to my face. We lived and worked together for a short time after WPI and had many adventures, including following Ireland in the 1994 World Cup. He was the kindest person I knew, and always joyful. Run to God and keep my seat warm, James, I'll see you again.

Posted by Jack Walsh - Lee, NH, NH - Friend   May 01, 2018

RIP James, you were a great friend and roommate. I'll miss all the laughs we shared down the years. I'll be praying for you and your family and will miss you greatly.

Posted by ROBERT RIORDAN - new york, NY - Friend   May 01, 2018

Dear Iva and Family - I was deeply saddened to learn of James' passing. He was a fine and kind gentleman who will be missed by all of those that had the good fortune to know him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult of times.

Posted by Joseph Keenan - Madison, NJ - Friend   May 01, 2018

I had a chance to meet James during his time at WPI and worked with him at ABB. He was brilliant and destined to be great at what ever he did but more so he was a great person. James was one who always lifted your spirits even when he was completely down. He never asked for anything but gave so much.

Posted by Marc McCluskey - Norfolk, MA - Friend   May 01, 2018

Privileged to say I counted James among my friends. My thoughts go out to his family and especially his son Dylan. He will be missed more than words can express.

Posted by Gunnar Kleven - Zurich - Friend   May 01, 2018

James was a wonderful person, intelligent and caring. He built meaningful relationships with clients and colleagues and will be missed by many.

Posted by Ellen Crane - Westwood, MA - Coworker   May 01, 2018

James was a great person, a great friend and a very thoughtful and generous person.

Posted by Tim Conway - Longmeadow, MA - friend   April 30, 2018

James was such as nice guy and always willing to share his industry knowledge & expertise without expecting anything in return. RIP James.

Posted by Ed McRedmond - St Louis, MO - Friend   April 30, 2018

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Happy days with James, taken in the West Village, around 2007. R.I.P. old pal...we'll miss you, Mike