Shane McGowan

Mr. McGowan

Shane McGowan of Amsterdam, New York passed away tragically with his wife and good friends on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the age of 30.

Shane was born to Sheila McGarvey and Dr. Randy T. McGowan on March 6, 1988 in Greenwich, Connecticut. He attended local schools graduating from Amsterdam High School in 2006 and went on to attend Sage College where he graduated with his bachelor’s degree. Shane worked as a Direct Support Professional at Liberty Enterprises in Amsterdam for several years. After graduation, Shane became a Hearing Specialist at Miracle Ear where he worked for over five years.

Shane was married to the love of his life, Erin Vertucci, on June 8, 2018. The duo spent their time living life to the fullest. Erin brought out the social butterfly in Shane and together they enjoyed going to baseball games, traveling, and spending all of their free time with friends and family. Shane was an avid golfer, enjoyed video games, and loved the Yankees. He was such a big fan of the Yankees that he attended the 1996 World Series when the New York Yankees beat the Atlanta Braves to win the World Series and was able to attend two perfect pitch games in his lifetime. More than anything he loved his wife Erin, and sometimes loved Erin’s dog Remmy.

Shane is survived by his mother, Sheila McGarvey of Amsterdam (step-father Terry Kimball) and Dr. Randy T. McGowan (step-mother Susan McGowan) of Amsterdam, brother Colin McGowan of Staten Island, sister Amy (Charles) Toliver of Katy, Texas, step-brother Justin Minch of Caroga Lake, step-sister Jaime (John) Minch-Koder of Whitehouse, Ohio, and step-brothers Aaron and Micah Kimball of Fonda and Delmar, respectively. Niece and nephews include Kaleb and Jacob Toliver, and Adaline Nelson. He leaves behind several cousins and aunts and uncles including James (Linda) McGarvey, Kevin (Patricia) McGarvey, Michael (Claire) McGarvey, Brendan (Yvonne) McGarvey, Sean (Catherine) McGarvey, Brian McGarvey, Timothy (Theresa) McGarvey, and Bruce McGowan. He is survived by Grandparents Bridget McGarvey, Barbara Stewart, Donald (Carolyn) Minicki, Leland and Marilyn Kimball.

He was preceded in death by grandparents Kevin McGarvey, Isabella and John Alfred McGowan.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated for Shane and his wife Erin on Monday October 15, 2018 at 11:15 a.m. at Historic St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 156 E. Main St., Amsterdam, NY with Father Jeffrey M. L’Arche, M.S. as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Casimir’s Cemetery, Amsterdam. The family will receive relatives and friends of both Erin and Shane on Sunday, October 14, 2018 from 2 to 6 p.m. in the body of the Church of Historic St. Mary’s, 156 East Main St., Amsterdam, NY.

In lieu of flowers the family would prefer donations be made to the First Responders of Scho-Wright Rescue Squad, 388 Main Street, Schoharie, NY, 12157 or to the Montgomery County SPCA, P.O. Box 484, Amsterdam, NY 12010 in loving memory of Shane and Erin.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, NY 12010. Please leave condolences online at