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James “Jim” Patrick Rowan born March 24, 1939 in Amsterdam, NY departed this world on June 10, 2020.

Jim was a son of the late John Rowan and Susanna McGarrity. Jim graduated from the Wilbur Lynch High School and went on to Norwich Military Academy before graduating from Villanova University with a Bachelors of Civil Engineering. Jim married the love of his life, Joan Marie Thomas in Schenectady, NY in 1961. Together they raised a family of 4 daughters in Bucks County, PA. After retiring from a successful career as a Civil Engineer doing project management and large public works projects, James and his wife Joan retired to Dataw Island, SC. During his active retirement Jim continued to remain involved in his community. He was an enthusiastic member of Sea Island Rotary, served on the board of Friends of Caroline Hospice, and was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church.

Jim was a devoted husband, father, uncle and brother. He loved working in his garden, home improvement projects, cooking, all things James Bond and cherished his canine companions. He is remembered fondly for his kindness, great sense of humor and gentle manner. He will be deeply missed by his family and all that had the pleasure to know him.

Jim is predeceased by his late siblings, John Rowan, David Rowan, and Margaret Rowan Sterba; and his daughter Katherine Rowan Darling. He is survived by his wife of 58 years Joan Thomas Rowan, his daughters Deborah Rowan Nunez (Carlos Nunez), Patricia Rowan Cody and Christine Rowan Parks (Courtney Parks) as well as his grandchildren Jeremy, Sarah, Sean, Emily and Damon.

Due to Covid-19, a private memorial mass in Jim’s honor will be held.

Donations in his memory may be made to Sea Island Rotary Club Academic Scholarship program or Friends of Caroline Hospice.

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  1. Donna F says:

    Ms. Joan, please accept my deepest condolences for Mr. Jim’s passing. It seems I just saw the two of you. My love and prayers are with you and your loved ones.

  2. Robert and Kathy Bundy says:

    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time. Jim will be missed by all who knew him.

  3. Dawn Rowan says:

    Dear Joan and Rowan Cousins,
    We am are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing and so sad that we can’t be there with you. Please let us know if there is anything you need or I can help with!!! Love you,
    Dawn and Adrian

  4. Mary Lynn Alteri says:

    So very heartbroken to hear about Jim. Many years of fun , friendshipnd and memories between us. We will cherish these memories until we are all together again.Sending much love to you and your girls. Praying that God will be close to your side in these terribly sad days. With you in spirit.
    Mary Lynn and Harry

  5. Ashley Partridge says:

    My heart broke when I heard about Mr. Jim. Seeing your names on my schedule always brightened my work day. I will always think of him in the most positive light and seeing how much he loved you just made my heart melt. I will always think of him while I eat soft shell crab. Both of you coming into my life has been such a blessing. I love you Mrs. Joan and my girls and I are always here for you with tons of funny stories.

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