Animals Pets 09

Matthew C. Cowles

December 26, 1980 ~ December 2, 2020 (age 39)


Durham, N.C.- Matthew C. Cowles, of Durham North Carolina, formerly of Olean, passed away Wednesday (December 2, 2020) at Duke University Hospital, in Durham, North Carolina.

Born December 26, 1980 in Olean, he was the son of George and Mary Gagliardo Cowles.

Matt was a graduate of Olean High School and received his bachelor’s degree from St. Bonaventure University.  He worked in the IT department for several companies in Kentucky and later in North Carolina. 

Matt was a huge animal lover and volunteered his time at the SPCA.  He recently had taken up painting and enjoyed working with computers.

In addition to his parents of Olean; he is survived by two brothers, George (Ginalyn) Cowles of Colorado Springs, CO,  and Joe (Michelle) Cowles of Olean; his nephew and Godson, Logan Cowles; nephews, Nikcolas Cowles and George Cowles, IV;  one niece, Bryanne Cowles; one great-niece, Sophia and one great-nephew, Michael; his dear friend, Andrea Hunt of North Carolina; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was predeceased by; his maternal and paternal grandparents; one aunt, Cynthia Beard; and one Uncle, Larry McFall.

Friends will be received at the Guenther Funeral Home, Inc., 1303 E. State Street, Olean on Thursday from 4-7pm.  Funeral services will be held Private. Rev. David Tourville, will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany.

Memorials if desired, may be made to your local SPCA. 

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December 10, 2020

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Guenther Funeral Home, Inc.
1303 East State Street
Olean, NY 14760

Funeral Service
December 11, 2020

10:00 AM
Guenther Funeral Home, Inc.
1303 East State Street
Olean, NY 14760

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