Simon Walter Cowan

Simon Walter Cowan

Suffolk, VA
08.04.1947 - 08.30.2019

Simon (Sammy) W. Cowan left this earth on Friday, August 30, 2019 to go rest high on a mountain. He was predeceased by his father and mother Simon and Ruby Cowan. Sammy is survived by his wife of 28 years, Cindy. Children, Robbie (Renee), Lynn (Buddy) and Carol (Stephanie), four wonderful grandchildren and three precious great grandchildren; his brother-in-law, Bill Smith (Jeannette) and his loving neighbors, the Fly’s and a host of loving friends.

Sammy retired from the Suffolk Fire & Rescue in 2003 with 36 years of service and true dedication to the department. He rose in ranks over the years from Lieutenant, to Captain, to Battalion Chief and then he was appointed as Deputy Chief (car 2) on July 1994. After retirement, Sam went to work for Dodd RV and found another great group of friends who became a part of our family.

A celebration of Sam’s life will be held on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at Oakland Christian Church, 5641 Godwin Boulevard, Suffolk Virginia 23432 at 2 PM with Rev. Mary Ann Biggs officiating with a reception afterwards.

The family would like to thank Dr. William Jackson, Dr. Eric Freeman and Dr. Max Weder along with his Transplant Team, who were faithful servants during Sam’s illness.

Memorial donations may be made to Oakland Christian Church or St Paul's Episcopal Church, 213 N Main St, Suffolk, VA 23434 or to UVA Transplant Center, fourth floor, 1300 Jefferson Park Ave. Charlottesville, VA 22903.  R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family. Condolences may be posted at

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Oakland Christian Church
5641 Godwin Blvd.
Suffolk , VA 23432
United States


Retired Deputy Chief S.W. Cowan, valiant warrior, is now at rest , well deserved. Sammy had a strong zest for life, loved and cared for his wife Cindy and family, enjoyed their camping trips together as well as attending fire department functions when he was able. I had the privilege of serving under his command when he was a Captain until he retired as Deputy Chief, very knowledgeable in the fire service and I was able to attain several of my certifications from classes he taught as an instructor with the Virginia Department of Fire Programs. We both shared an interest in motorcycles and was able to go on a few rides together. Sammy had a unique sense of humor especially around the firehouse where I fell victim to some of his pranks . He was dedicated to the Suffolk Fire Department and to protecting the citizens of this fine city even to the point where he suffered severe burns fighting an industrial fire. Deputy Chief S.W. Cowan will be greatly missed may he Rest In Peace. To Cindy and the family our condolences to you with love, Danny and Wendy Huffman.

Daniel Huffman

I'm so sorry for your loss Cindy. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless.

Brian Knight

Cindy, we are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Dawn and Donna

Dawn Price

Sammy was a wonderful friend and mentor. It was my honor serving with him in Suffolk Fire Department. During trying times, he would always remind me that when sliding down the banister of life, you get a few splinters. I will always remember that along with his sense of humor, his support of our firefighters and his love for Cindy and his family. He will be greatly missed. Rest well my friend. To Cindy and the family our condolences to you. Much love, Mark & Tracy

Mark Outlaw

I had the pleasure of knowing and running calls with Sammy as a member of the Suffolk Fire Co. Sammy was a friendly, caring, and dedicated fire officer. He was always serious about fire fighting but open to new ideas. Very sorry to hear of his death. Thoughts and prayers for his family. Steve Earley

Steve Earley

Cindy and family,
We are so sorry to learn of Sammy's passing. We will be praying for you during this very difficult time.

Kenny and Paula Smith

Chief Cowan was my chief for most of my career, it was a privilege to serve under him and learn all the things I was taught by him. He was a Officer First, Friend second and very loyal to the Suffolk Fire Department, I remember buying my camper after he retired and Chief going over it with me.
He was a truly honest and good friend, I lost touch but on my last day before I retired, I stopped and talked to him on his portch.
Always looked over to see if the camper was gone .
I have so many stories I couldn't begin to tell them all but one night , the red phone rings and his wife Cindy is upset , he's getting dressed and running home. I slept across from his room , I said chief is everything ok? Lol. He looked at me and said there's a stampede of cows in my front yard I didn't know what you meant at the time but obviously a truck and turned over and it was tons of cows all over the yard walking. I laughed and went to bed.
He will truly be missed , May God take him to rest and give peace to Cindy in this time of need.
God bless you Chief Cowan and thanks for being in my life.

George Kershner

You where a awesome person god. has another great angel

wilson box

You will be missed


Dear Cindy and Family,
On behalf of the City of Suffolk Treasurer's Office I want to extend to you our deepest sympathy on the loss of Sammy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Ronald H. Williams, City Treasurer and Office Staff

Ronald H. Williams

Cindy, I am so sorry for your loss. I just heard of Sammy's passing today. I knew Sammy for many years and always found him to be a true gentleman and friend. He will be missed.

Joe Stone

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