Published in The Miami
Herald from 3/9/2009 - 3/11/2009
COWAN, HAROLD, one
of the earliest builders of luxury homes in the Pinecrest area of Miami,
died Sunday, March 8, 2009 of congestive heart failure at age 90.
A former professional athlete, he excelled in basketball and baseball,
and later became a well-known basketball referee and baseball umpire.
Harold was a member of the South Florida Basketball Officials and Coaches
Association, working many of the high school and college tournaments around
the state and in Latin America.
He felt that World War II was an honorable war and volunteered to join
the US NAVY Seabees Construction Battalion, but was assigned to "Special
Services" as an Athletic Specialist.
Later in life Harold became an excellent tennis player, joining the Royal
Palm Tennis Club in Miami, where he had many long-time friends.
Both in Miami at Royal Palm and in Burnsville, North Carolina, at the
tennis court on his beloved farm, Harold coached upcoming young tennis
players. He loved young people and young people loved him!
Thirty-five years ago, Harold and his wife, Millie bought an abandoned
farm in Burnsville, North Carolina, where they spent six months each year
fixing it up, planting fruit trees, and preparing for self-sufficient
living. Until recently they had cattle, chickens, and a vegetable garden.
Harold even built a canning cellar, learning from local country friends
creative ways to adopt a more frugal yet satisfying lifestyle. It was
almost as if he could foresee our current national crisis.
Most outstanding about Harold was his strength of character and generosity
of spirit. He appreciated life, friendship, family, community and the
value of hard work on behalf of the common good. A minister friend described
him beautifully, as "kind, gentle, loving, and greatly concerned
for all humanity."
Harold is survived by his wife of 68 years, Millie, and a daughter, Juanita
Brown. A son, Michael, died in 1974 at age 24. A Memorial Café
is planned both in Miami and in Burnsville, the dates for which will be
In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful for donations on Harold's
behalf to the non-profit World Café Community Foundation, 166 Homestead
Blvd, Mill Valley, California 94941.
Arrangements through RIVERSIDE GORDON MEMORIAL CHAPEL, (305) 531-1151.
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