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Beloved Fall River crossing guard dies from injuries sustained in motor vehicle crash, services announced



A beloved member of the Fall River area community has died.

According to family members, Margaret “Peggy” McGowan passed away Thursday at Rhode Island Hospital from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident in Taunton on March 10.

Peggy dedicated her life to helping others and putting a smile on other’s faces as she often had a smile herself.

Upon retirement, Peggy became a crossing guard for Fall River Public Schools, including Spencer Borden, and became popular with teachers, students and parents leaving many of them heartbroken at her sudden passing. She left a mark on them all.

Family says that Peggy was presented an award by Mayor Coogan for her commitment, loyalty and dedication to the job.

Peggy’s community commitment went beyond being a crossing guard. She was involved in many local organizations and nonprofits and volunteered at Boston Children’s Hospital rocking babies.

Calling Hours are Thursday, April 4, from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at Waring-Sullivan Funeral and Cremation Service, 178 Winter Street, Fall River.

Funeral Service is Friday, April 5. 9:00 a.m. at the funeral home and Mass at 10:00 a.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Fall River.



  1. Gary Dunn

    March 30, 2024 at 11:20 am

    What a wonderful woman always happy and always willing to talk to anybody

  2. Ben Coleman

    March 30, 2024 at 6:38 pm

    She was the best! I feel blessed to have known her. I will miss her so much…..

    • Nick Dunse

      March 31, 2024 at 3:46 pm

      God makes special people and Peggy was one of the best. See you on the other side my friend..

  3. Edward Costa

    March 31, 2024 at 12:07 am

    Peggy, I’ll always miss you and the laughter you brought to myself and others. I loved our fun teasing and bantering at the BCC Fitness Center. The fitness center has a sense of emptiness without your presence. Rest In Peace my good friend. My heart is broken.

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