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Gregory "Greg" George Cowen

Obituary for Gregory "Greg" George Cowen

July 4, 1947 - October 13, 2015
Half Moon Bay, California | Age 68

Gregory "Greg" George Cowen


Born July 4, 1947, in Spokane, Wash., Greg passed away suddenly on Oct. 13, 2015, in Half Moon Bay, Calif. Greg was a kind soul, very easygoing and friendly to all. He was full of great stories, enjoyed a good laugh and always had a big smile for everyone.

Greg grew up milking the cows on a small farm where he developed a love for the outdoors. After graduating from Mead High School, he went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Washington State University. He was a life member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. During college, he served as an airman in the United States Air Force. He spent many years riding the railroads to visit family in Minnesota and worked as a crab and salmon fisherman in Alaska. He was an avid camper and enjoyed fishing, sailing and traveling. Over the years he traveled the world and often vacationed in his favorite places in the Caribbean, Hawaii and Yosemite. He had his pilot's license for many years and enjoyed flying.

Greg moved to the Coastside in the '70s and attended evening classes at the College of San Mateo where he met his wife, Ginny. Valentine's Day 2016 would have been their 40th wedding anniversary. They moved together from Montara to Half Moon Bay where they have been active in the community. Greg was a real estate broker on the coast for over 25 years and sold many people their homes. He acquired his Series 7 license and went on to sell securities and annuities. In recent years he enjoyed kayaking with friends and taking photos. He spent lots of time with his son's dog Drake and always had a love for animals.

Greg is predeceased by his father, Louis Vincent Cowen, and his mother, Katherine Rose Fuller Cowen, of Sumner, Wash. He is survived by his wife, Virginia "Ginny" Sachse Cowen, and children Scott Gregory Cowen and Jenna Brooke Cowen, of Half Moon Bay, his brother Bruce Fuller Cowen (Barbara "Toobie" Ann Tabor) and children Kristine "KC" Ann Cowen Ficken (Brian) and Jeffrey Tabor Cowen, of Seattle.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, at the Community United Methodist Church, 777 Miramontes St., in Half Moon Bay, Calif.

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