James Cowan, Neutrik USA President, Passes Away at 52
James E. Cowan, president of Neutrik USA, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Ocean Medical Center in Brick, NJ. He was 52 and is survived by his wife, Catherine “Kate” Cowan and two sons, Daniel, who was a Sports Video Group intern during the summer of 2007, and Gregory; and his mother, Adele of Toms River.
Cowan was president of Neutrik USA for 20 years. A lifelong New Jersey resident, he was born in Kearny, where he resided until moving to Toms River in 1972. He received his Bachelor’s degree at Ocean County College and BS/MBA at Monmouth University.
During his 20 year career at Neutrik USA Cowan served as general manager, then vice president and was named president in March of 2000.
“Jim was a wonderful leader with just the right combination of business skills and personal qualities,” says Werner Bachman, CEO of Neutrik AG. “But more than that, he was an industry icon and a genuinely caring person who touched everyone with his kindness. He would always take time out to ask how you or your family were doing and looked you in the eye with a true look of concern. I know he will be sorely missed by an industry he so significantly impacted.”
Prior to joining Neutrik, Jim held various positions with such companies as Texas Instruments, Panduit Corp. and Dialight-Kulka-Smith.
A member of St. Luke Roman Catholic Church, Ocean of Love, PAMA, NAB, LDI, ALS and the NJ Food Bank, Cowan loved getting involved with his sons sports programs, whether he was watching or helping TRY soccer, TRHS North Track & Field and Soccer or helping coach his sons TRBA basketball team, and Toms River Little League. He also enjoyed traveling, being a wine enthusiast and proudly being a member of the Red Sox Nation.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Silverton Memorial Funeral Home, 2482 Church Road, Toms River. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:15 a.m. Monday at St. Luke R.C. Church, Old Freehold Road, Toms River. Burial to follow at St. Mary’s of the Lake Cemetery, Lakewood. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Ocean of Love, 1709 Highway 37 E., Toms River, NJ 08753.