Joseph W. McGowan, 78 of Danielson, Ct. and formerly of Providence died Thursday, April 18, 2013 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence. He was the husband of Joyce M. (Branco White) McGowan. He was born in Taunton,Ma. a son of the late James J. and Mary E. (Ducharme) McGowan. Mr. McGowan was the owner & operator of A & M Auto Body before retiring. After retiring he was a school bus driver for the Killingly School Department. He raced the number 19 car at various speedways in New England and bowled a perfect 300 game at Lincoln Lanes. Besides his wife he leaves three daughters, Cheryl Harrington, Patricia McGowan and Lynn Poissant, one sister, Joanne Ferland, one brother, William McGowan, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Catherine Giguere. His funeral will be held on Tuesday at 9:00 AM from the PERRY-McSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in St. Raymond’s Church, 1240 North Main Street, Providence. Calling hours Monday 4-8. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Home & Hospice Care of RI, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904 would be appreciated.