Rev. Dr. M. Allan McDowell

Rev. Dr. M. Allan McDowell

Tuesday, April 11th, 1939 - Sunday, June 7th, 2020
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The Rev. Dr. M. Allan McDowell, loving husband of Ann Mary, father of Mary Ann (Doug), Mark (Reina) and Matthew (predeceased), and Grampy to Cody, Kyle, Katie, Conor, Chloe, Benjamin and Anna. Also survived by a great granddaughter Lily as well as two sisters Dora McCaig and Susie Karen McGimpsey (Ed), died on Sunday, June 7th, 2020 entering into that place prepared for him in the Father's house, as Ann sat by his side.

Allan was born in Toronto, on April 11, 1939. When his father died Allan was 16, he was able to maintain his studies, and supported his mother and sisters with whom he remained close throughout his life. He was predeceased by sisters Dorothy, Marjorie and Shirley.

In 1965, Allan and Ann met, found that they loved each other deeply, and committed themselves to each other in marriage in 1966. Not only did this union grow into a larger family, their partnership extended into the ministry they shared with the many congregations that Allan was called to serve as a minister in The United Church of Canada. They served in Joyceville Penitentiary, Kincardine, Mt. Forest, St. Paul's Thunder Bay, Chatham, Wheatley, Christ United Church, Lyn, North Augusta Pastoral Charge and Brockville General Hospital Chaplin.

While each had their own areas of expertise, together they were able to help many individuals and communities of faith grow in their decipleship in ways they would not have been able to alone.

Allan was ordained to his ministry on June 4th, 1965. During the course of that ministry, deeply embedded in the traditions of the faith, he pushed congregations to explore how to best live it out. From his studies in using television as a tool for teaching and evangelism, to development of congregational outreach ministries, to his both theologically sound and grounded-in-everyday-life sermons, Allan is remembered by not only The United Church of Canada, but the wider, ecumenical communion. These leave a rich legacy.

Of the many of Jesus' disciples who have gone on before us, Allan is one who we can truly join in saying, " well done, good and faithful servant. Enter now into the rest of your Lord". His presence in our lives will be deeply missed.

Due to Covid-19, a private service will be held at The Irvine Funeral and Chapel, 4 James Street East, Brockville with interment to follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Maitland.

See below for a photographic tribute to Allan and the Funeral Liturgy.

The order of service has been added below for those who wish to follow along in worship.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to your local church congregation or food bank or to the Alzheimer Society will be gratefully acknowledged.

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A Tribute in Photographs

Funeral Liturgy in Honour of Rev. Dr. Allan McDowell
(Please note there is 5 minutes of special prelude music prior to the service)
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Kristin (Anderson) Williams

Posted at 08:42am
Ann, Mary Ann & Mark.

So very sorry to hear of Allan’s passing. Our family has so many memories of all of you at St. Paul’s in Thunder Bay back in the 80’s & 90’s.

Thinking of you all with deepest sympathies,

Kristin, Kevin, Bronwyn, Len & Mary Anderson

Rev. Whitman Strong

Posted at 05:47pm
On behalf of all of us at the office of the Eastern Ontario Outaouais Regional Council of the United Church of Canada, I wish to pass on my deepest sympathies to the McDowell family. Allan’s life and ministry touched so many people in so many places. His commitment to the Church and to his community will be his legacy. I personally appreciated his wisdom and assistance with the work of the former Seaway Valley Presbytery. May your many memories of his time with you bring you comfort. Please know that a you all are in our prayers in this time of sadness.

Cathrine Maskell

Posted at 10:18pm
My condolences to Ann and family, May the love you shared stay always in your heart. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

Norma Riley

Posted at 04:13pm
With Blessings and Prayers.
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Mary Campbell

Posted at 04:10pm
I always enjoyed my encounters with Allan and Ann. You could tell just by looking how they blossomed together in love. My sincerest condolences to Ann and family.

Mary Campbell, Alzheimer Society Lanark Leeds Grenville

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