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Gordon John Cowin

The Lord Make His Face To Shine Upon You

The Lord Make His Face To Shine Upon You

Gordon John Cowin died peacefully aged 83 years old, as dawn broke, on Saturday 21st March 2020 following a short illness. Beloved husband of 57 years to Gillian, adored dad of Julie, loving father-in-law of Drew, wonderful Poppa of Joshua, Thomas, Amy and Matthew and older brother to Graham. Gordon will be remembered by all who had the privilege of knowing him as a gentle, caring and dedicated man, who adored his family and loved nothing more than being surrounded by them. He will be missed by so many.

In these unprecedented times, a gathering to share memories and to celebrate Gordon’s life will come later, for now a private family funeral helps him on his final journey. Gordon’s legacy remains though, the love he gave and received helps us through the next few difficult weeks and months until we can gather together. From his birth in the back room at his family’s barbers in Prince Edwin Street in Liverpool on 31st July 1936, to his service in the Army as an Ambulance Driver (how proud he was when his youngest grandson followed in those footsteps), to his marriage to Gillian on 16th March 1963, the trauma of still-born Andrew’s birth on 5th August 1966, the delight of Julie’s birth on 21st July 1968 and the births of his grandchildren, family was the priority in his life. “There is nothing more important than family” he would say often. Even in hospital, his main concern was that of his wifey Gill, and now his family take on that priority until we all meet again. As we tend his beloved garden, thumb through his many books, look at the photos of happy holidays and family gatherings, raise a beer, Gordon’s memory will live on in our hearts.


Because Gordon lives on, as Martin Luther King Jr once said ‘Death is not a full-stop that ends the great sentence of life, but a comma that punctuates it to more lofty significance. Death is not a blind alley that leads the human race into a state of nothingness, but an open door which leads man into life eternal. Let this daring faith, this great invincible surmise, be your sustaining power during these trying days.’ This is the hope we hold onto as we say our final earthly good-byes to our beloved husband, dad and Poppa, that until we meet again, he’s safe in the arms of Jesus.


“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” Winnie-the-Poo

12 Condolences

  1. Malcolm Savage and family on March 31, 2020 at 9:17 am

    Rest in peace Brother in Law your work here is done.

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  2. Lesley Maclean on March 31, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    Thinking of the many happy times in the gardens in Spark Lane helping me to dig when it got to hard then chatting over the fence putting the world to rights.

    Gordon you will be missed, you were such a gentle person.

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  3. Paula Jackson on March 31, 2020 at 12:57 pm

    A kind man who adored his wife Gill. Gordon is at long last reunited with his son Andrew.

    Paula and everyone at “Brief Lives – Remembered”

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  4. Judith Shore on March 31, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    Safe in the Arms of Our Lord…much loved by all his family.


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  5. Karen & Pete Jackson on April 1, 2020 at 10:03 am

    Rest in peace GJ, thank you for the memories, and know your good lady will be well cared for with her beautiful family and friends.
    Safe journey to a true gentleman x

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  6. Roger Savage on April 1, 2020 at 11:37 am

    The original peacemaker (although you could stir it up, too!) I’ll treasure those rambling chats in the kitchen while Gill was having the cuppa you had taken up to her – and the top-up. You have a lot to answer for in my life in many ways, but thanks for my first guitar and all the laughs, Gordon! R.I.P.

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  7. Lorraine and Tony White on April 1, 2020 at 11:54 am

    RIP Gordon,you are going to leave a big gap in our family .So sorry we can’t be there to say our Goodbyes to you.

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  8. Sue Povall on April 1, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    I will miss your cheeky laugh and wonderful hugs, Uncle Gordon. I will look for you in the flowers and the butterflies. With much love, Sue. xxx

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  9. Emily White on April 1, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    Rest in Peace Uncle Gordon. We will cherish the memories of our happy times shared together, and will think of you always, remembering your easy smile and twinkly eyes.

    All our love and condolences

    Emily and family

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  10. Helen Walker on April 1, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    RIP Gordon. Heartfelt sympathy and much love to Gill, Julie, Drew and our 4 adored grandchildren.

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  11. graham cowin on April 1, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    Dear Brother, Goodbye and congratulations on all you have left behind, you used your life well. A good worker and a great family man who rightly earned respect fom many. I know how proud and pleased Mum and Dad would be if they could see how loving and well loved you were and how things turned out for you and your family. I will always remember with affection our life together in LIverpool. Thank You for all you did for us as my older brother. May you stay in the hearts and minds of family for many years.
    Rest in Peace Graham. and family

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  12. Jenny Savage on April 5, 2020 at 10:41 am

    Rest in peace, Uncle Gordon. With much love, Jenny x

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