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Feb. 18, 1924 – Jan. 14, 2014

Neil A. Gowans, of Cheektowaga, a retired design engineer for Trico Products, died Tuesday in Beechwood Continuing Care Wesley Rehabilitation Center, Getzville. He was 89.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Bennett High School and St. Petersburg Junior College in Florida, where he studied art. He also studied in the University of Buffalo fine arts program.

Mr. Gowans served in the Army Air Forces in World War II with the 343rd Fighter Group in Attu, Alaska, attaining the rank of corporal.

Returning from service, he studied art in Florida, then came back to Buffalo, working as a design engineer at Buffalo Forge, then for 42 years at Trico, where he held four windshield wiper-related patents. He retired in 1998.

A lifelong artist, he created many paintings, sketches and computer designs.

Nicknamed “Skin” because he was always thin, he was active in George F. Lamm Post 622, American Legion.

His wife of 63 years, Dorothea M. Gilmour Gowans, died in 2011.

Survivors include three daughters, Susan Marczak, Gail Schragel and Jackie Root; a son, Scot; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Dietrich Funeral Home, 2480 Kensington Ave., Cheektowaga.