Farewell to community champion - Malcolm Cowen.
Tributes have been paid to Levenshulme Community Champion Malcolm Cowen who died on Christmas Eve after a battle with cancer. Malcolm, who died aged 70, was an active member of the community who played a key role in the Levenshulme Community Association, where he was Treasurer and wrote Murder Mysteries for the Levenshulme Players, with whom he was an enthusiastic member. He was also a member of the Community Christian Church, in Heaton Chapel and a long standing Liberal Democrat member and activist.
Malcolm was an IT expert - running his company 'Cowen Software Limited' from the home he shared with his wife Beryl on Bristol Avenue, Levenshulme. The company implemented IT solutions for businesses over 20 years. Malcolm's language skills were invaluable as many of his clients were across Europe. Malcolm spoke Welsh, German, Dutch and French. In his spare time, as well as giving so much to the Levenshulme Community he also composed music, wrote books and radio plays.
Malcolm was born with the rare condition prosopagnosia or 'face-blindness', which means he is unable to recognise faces. Malcolm couldn't even pick out his own face in the mirror and likened his condition to dyslexia, he picked out his 7 grandchildren, according to their ages and hair colour.
His wife Beryl, 69 said, “He loved computing and adored problem solving and he had a fantastic memory. He had a tremendous thirst for knowledge. I’m so proud of what he achieved.”
Malcolm’s son Dave Cowen: “He was a remarkable man, one that I am proud to call my dad.”
Friend Adam Williams added that Malcolm was ‘a Levenshulme man through and through’ and said: “He was an amazing man who led a very interesting life. Malcolm was deeply loved by many people in Levenshulme.”
Lawrence Hennigan, Chairman of the Levenshulme Trader's Association said, "Malcolm was so dedicated to Levenshulme. His work for the Community Association was invaluable and his family can be proud that he made such a positive difference in our community. Even when he was poorly, he attended meetings such was his level of commitment to Levenshulme.
"His memorable performances with the Levenshulme Players for our annual festival will live long in the memory. Levenshulme has lost a valued friend and our thoughts go out to Beryl and the Cowen family."
Jeremy Hoad, the Secretary of the Levenshulme Community Association said, "Malcolm had been Levenshulme Community Association Treasurer for some years and was well known through his other community activities, in particular his talents as an actor and dramatist working with Levenshulme Players and All FM.
"Malcolm was a knowledgable man with a quick mind and a wonderful sense of humour. He was well travelled and always interested in other people, cultures and histories. His warmth and wit were always evident.
"Levenshulme has lost a dedicated, principled, talented gentleman."
Malcolm’s funeral and celebration will be Friday Jan 27th at 2.00p.m at Levenshulme Baptist Church, Elmsworth Avenue. 2.00p.m. Followed by a cup of tea before the meal.
There will be a short service at Stockport Crem 3.30 and then a celebration of his life and meal at St Mary’s Church Hall, Elbow street levesnhulme at 4.00 p.m. At this event there will be an open mike opportunity to talk about your memories of Malcolm (funny as well as serious) and there will also be some entertainment as requsted by Malcolm.
There will also be a group of our African friends dancing for him. It wll be the send off he wanted so lets make it a day to remember so NO SADNESS, NO BLACK CLOTHES, NO TIES, NO SUITS (although scruffy jumpers are a must – especially with a pen hanging from the neck) and if you have sandals wear them and we will drink his health in tea. (a bar is also available).
If you intend to come to the celebration at St Marys then please let Beryl know for the caterers (also if you have any dietary requirements – although lets face it you can’t be any fussier than Malcom was)