Local Business Man Dies

By Kerri O'Hara

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 4, 2006 at 2:15 PM EST

69 year old, Edward McGowan, died on Wednesday, from a brain tumor in his North Carolina home.
McGowan started The McGowan Corporation in 1958, building houses with his wife.
In 1993, he was recognized as the national re-modeler of the year.
He has also been inducted into the national remodeling Hall of Fame and the New York builders Hall of Fame.
His son says working to make housing affordable for people, was one of his best accomplishments.
"His commitment to return something, whether it was to the industry or to the community. He made a point that anytime you take something you have to give something back and I think thats' the thing I will remember most," says McGowan's son Michael.
McGowan worked with many different state organizations to lower mortgage rates for first time buyers.
Over his career he was responsible for the building of Quinn Estates in Chenango, Chenango Manor in Binghamton, and the Highlands in Vestal.

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