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Thomas J. Howard, Sr., WWII Army Veteran, Dies at 90

August 4, 1923 - January 16, 2014

Thomas J. Howard, Sr., 90, of Naples, FL, and summer resident of Green Hill, RI, died Thursday, January 16, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Betty Ann (Lyden) Howard for 59 years.

Born in the Bronx, NY, he was a son of the late Charles D., Sr. and Stella (Gallagher) Howard. Thomas was an executive in the Import/Export Business for many years. He is a former resident of Yorktown Heights, NY, where he served on the town council and was an active member of the Yorktown Democratic Party and served on the Yorktown Library Board.

He was an Eucharistic minister of St. James Chapel, a member of the Green Hill Civic Association in Rhode Island, served honorably in the Army during WWII, enjoyed playing tennis, going to the beach, was a sports enthusiast, and loved animals, especially his dogs.

He will be remembered as being a great family man who demonstrated much enthusiasm and love for his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Besides his wife he is survived by five children; Margaret M. Howard (Arsenault) of Charlestown, Maura Howard McGill of Green Hill (wife of Steven McGill), Terence M. Howard of Fairfield, CT (husband of Rena Howard), C. David Howard of Washington, DC, (husband of Alison Howard), and Christopher P. Howard of Charlotte, NC; nine grandchildren; Shawn McGill (husband of Caitlin Rogers McGill), Brenna McGill, Bridget McGill, Liam McGill, Catherine Howard, Matthew Howard, Gabrielle Howard, Aidan Howard, and Jillian Howard; two great grandchildren, Lyla McGill and Shawn McGill, Jr.; and a sister, Barbara Suchan of Jenson Beach, FL. He was the father of the late Thomas J. Howard, Jr.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, January 21 at St. James Chapel in Charlestown, RI. Burial was private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Gentiva Hospice, 2274 Post Road, Suite 206, Warwick, RI 02886-2270. 

Click here to visit Thomas' memorial page, courtesy of Avery-Storti Funeral Home.

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