Michael Stewart Cowan, Sr.

Michael Stewart Cowan, Sr., 70, passed away April 24, 2019.  He was born March 13, 1949 in Rochester, New York to the late Bernard and Beryl (Andrus) Cowan.  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Janine; and brother Timothy.  

Michael and his family moved to Sarasota when he was two years old in 1951 from Rochester.  Following high school, he served our country in the United States Navy.  He was a school bus driver and a Deacon at Bee Ridge Baptist Church.  Michael had a servants heart and loved helping others.  Every year he would volunteer  for the Veterans Day Parades.  

Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Lillian Hodges and her fiancé Russ Evans of Little Valley, New York; Rebecca Cowan of Sarasota; Michelle Mikush and her husband Frank of Bentleyville, Pennsylvania; son, Michael S. Cowan, Jr. and his fiancé Sarah of Sarasota; sisters, Rita Cowan of Mountain City, Tennessee and Patricia Cowan of Rush, New York; grandchildren, Alissa Hodges, Kelly Hodges, Krista Hodges, Erin Mikush and Robert Stump; and great grandson, Oakley Turner.

There will be a Celebration of Life on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 4:00 pm at Bee Ridge Baptist Church, 4210 Proctor Road, Sarasota, Florida 34233.  Rev. Ron Keenan will officiate.  Interment with Military Honors will take place at Sarasota National Cemetery.  

Memorial contributions may be made in Michael’s honor to Bee Ridge Baptist Church.