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William Howard
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Seth In our thoughts December 25, 2011

The memories of christmas past always puts a smile on my face and tears in my eye's.  The memories of decorating, the laughs, and your overall passion for making the holidays the best they could possibly be remain.  I remember your stash of cookies too.  I know you would be in your glory with all the grandkids and "stringing up these lights". 

Love and Miss you Dad,


Seth, Jenna, Mia, and Willie


You would have shut off the ringer on the phone tonight, too much razzing over your beloved Steelers.  We talk about you daily, miss your antics, especially around the holidays.  I pick up Mia "munchkins" from Dunkin Donuts weekly, and can't help but laugh thinking how things have come full circle.  I was laughing the other day of when you beat Double A in fantasy football and had "We are the champions" blarring on the radio when he came over.  Thinking of you now and always. 

You were a wonderful dad!

Love and miss you!

Seth, Jenna, and Mia

Seth, Jenna, and Mia


It has been 4 years too many!  We miss your jokes, smile, and caring ways.

Give Bella a Treat for us!


Jenna, Mia, and Seth

Jenna, Mia, and Seth

Happy 60th Wild One!  It would have been a party to remember.  Snake bites around the house! 



Jenna, Mia, and Seth

Howard Family

This year's 3rd annual William R. Howard Memorial Yard Sale will be August 2, 2008 and probably spill over to August 3rd.  The past two years have generated over $2,000 in donations to the Londerderry High School Special Education Department to help special needs students.

*Please contact Seth Howard at 603-391-7705 to arrange for any items you would like to donate to be picked up.

Thanks for all of your support!  I know Billy's grinning ear to ear.. grrrrrr..


Celebrate Billy's bday on September 12th with a moment of relaxation and possibly a drink!!  I'm sure he's smiling down on us all-

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle Autumn rain.
When you wake in morning hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circling flight,
I am the soft starlight at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.


Aaron Howard

I have more memories than anyone will ever know. Now that the holidays are almost upon us, I think one of the things I will never forget was how my father and I decorated the house for Christmas.

My freshmen year of college I came home for break and dad and I did our normal decorating routine. We were putting the lights on the house, dad was on the ladder and I was helping get the knots out of the lights.

I decided to get a break and I went inside. On my way back I looked out the window and there was dad hanging from the ladder. I went out to help, but he was able to catch himself before he fell. My mother and I had a good chuckle and we always laughed every year about it, but that's what made dad special. He really was able to growl (laugh) about it later.

The last memory I have of my father is my fondest though. The last time I saw him he watched my son Cole. Before I took a shower to get ready for work, I looked out the window and dad was laying on the ground letting Cole climb up him. I remember smiling and thinking what a great father I had.

Before he left Cole and I hugged him rubbed his bald head, told him we loved himd and then said we would see him when he got back from vacation. I could go on and on and I probably will add more.

Dad thanks for the memories.

Betty Jo

I'm flying out soon and it makes me think of the time Marsha and I flew to Florida for Dad's 80th. As the flight progressed the attentants kept asking us if we needed assistants. We couldn't figure out why. We were waiting for our connecting flight when we got called to the ticket counter to see if we needed help. We were told our seats were moved to right behind first class with lots of leg room. We asked what was up and was told I was blind. Bill had made the reservations on line for us, We aren't sure what he was clicking but we still chuckle about. Thanks for that memory.

Debo ( Leech) Howard
I have so many memories of our childhood together.  His smacking me with the whiffle ball bat and saying, "pitch to me". Billy loved to play whiffle ball in the yard. Billy was very good looking; long blonde hair and he played in a band and I used to have my friends over and we would peek around the corner and watch them practicing.  I was so proud of Billy.  He was so smart.  Then I cried when he went off to college but glad that he was getting out of the house.  When he would come home on break, I would go through his stuff.  He had a great "wide" watch band and the new Temptation album.  I remember taking the watch and wearing it to my friends house and how mad be was when I got home.  That's when he gave me the nickname "LEECH".  "Every damn time I come home she steals my stuff."  I didn't really steal it, I thought I was cool having my brother's envogue watch to wear for the weekend. It was cool because it was his. I played the record on a little red and white record player until he took it back to Pittsburgh with him.  I miss him so much. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

I was sitting on the back porch tonight, and i couldn't help but think of when i'd come over or wake up on Sunday morning and walk onto the back porch, Billy would be sitting there with 3 newspapers scattered on the table, smoke in one hand, while kicking the ball to Bella.  Billy, you'll be glad to know Bella's pool is out and she's been in and out tracking wet dog all of the house.


Billy- I miss you dearly and always will.



Seth- aka Buttser


Saturday, June 3, 2006




Teacher had

a love for gardening By ARLENE JOHNS


William R."Wild Bill"

Howard of Manchester, N.H., a

Johnstown native imd Conemaugh

Township High School

graduate, died unexpectedly

May 2.He was 56.

He earned his bachelor's

., degree from the University of

Pittsburgh at Johnstown and

his master's degree from Indiana

University of Pennsylvania.

Helater earned certificates

in psychiatric-vocational rehabilitation

from Boston University

and special education from

the University of New


Mr. Howard served

in the U.S.Army during

the Vietnam War.

He worked for the

Ebensburg Center for

a time before taking a

job as vocationalrehabilitation


with the State of

New Hampshire for


At the time of his death, he

was employed as a special-education

math teacher at Londonderry

High School in New

Hampshire, where he was wellliked

by his students.

The feeling was mutual.

"He had a place in his heart

for special-needs children,"

said his sister, Debbie Howard

of Johnstown. "He tried to

encourage them and wanted

them to know that they had


Ms. Howard was touched by

a comment made by one of her

brother's students.

"He was the only one who

told me every day that I was

smart," the girl told her.

"It was SO touching," Ms.

Howard continued.

"A lot of them came to the

funeral home and in many

cases, their caseworker had to

bring them."



Following their teacher's

death, the students sold iced

coffee, Mr. Howard's favorite

drink, to raise money for a


the school's memorial gar- ~:


The young people generated

more than $950,enough to purchase

the bench and some

plants and flowers for the garden.

Gardening was one of Mr.

Howard's favorite things to do

and he especially loved sunflowers

and morning


Just a week before

his death, he and his

wife, the former Glen-

granite bench to be placed in::

da Chamberlian, jour-;

neyed to Pennsylvania

for an annual tra-



The Howards joined ,;

his sister and a brother,

Jon of Lancaster,

on a trip to buy perennIals

for his garden.

"VIe had a wonderful time

together and celebrat.ed their

upcoming 36th anniversary,

which would have been May"

11,"his sister said.

"He was a very special man

who loved his family." ,

Mr. Howard also loved the


Pittsburgh Steelers.

'His sister said that he was

buried In his Ben Roethlisberg

jersey and his Terrible



In his memory, the family

has started a scholarship pro-


gram at the school where he




This month at graduation,

the first scholarship will be

given to a special-education

student to further his or her,


In addition to his wife, brother

and sister, Mr. Howard is

survived by sons, David of

Berwick, Maine, Aaron ofLaco-


nia, N.H., and Seth of Manches- ..

ter; three grandchildren; mother

Nancy McCloskey and step-


father Larry McCloskeyof Tire.

Hill; another brother, Jody of

Washington, Mo.; and mother-


r in-law, JeanChamberlian of


Manchester. -



Arlene Johns

can be reached

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This was in the Union Leader


Students honor Londonderry teacher who died May 2

Union Leader Correspondent

WHEN LONDONDERRY High School teacher Bill Howard died suddenly May 2, his students wanted to memorialize him in the right way. So they called Dunkin' Donuts.

"He drank at least, I don't know how many extra-large iced coffees a day — cream only," his wife, Glenda, said. "He loved iced coffee."

Howard taught math in the special education department and was beloved by his students, said Alan LaBranche, special education case manager. Last week, Howard's students raised nearly $957.24 selling iced coffee at the high school in his memory.

"I thought it would be a good thing to do as a civics project, and also it gives the kids a little bit of closure," LaBranche said.

The money will pay for a granite bench in Howard's memory to be placed in the high school's memorial garden, where several other benches have been dedicated to students and staff who have died.

The bench itself is also an appropriate way to remember Bill Howard, his wife said. He loved to garden, Glenda Howard said last week as she finished planting the last of a group of perennials her husband had bought during April vacation in Pennsylvania.

He especially loved sunflowers and morning glories, and he watered the garden he created at the family's Manchester home before and after school every day, she said.

"I'm only doing this garden because I know how much he loved it," she said.

The students were hoping to raise about $500, but the additional funds will likely be used to purchase more plants or flowers for the garden, LaBranche said. The iced coffee was donated by Joe and Rosa Correia of Dunkin' Donuts in Londonderry, he said.

In return, several lucky special education students will remember Howard for helping them after his death.

The Howard family — including sons David, Aaron and Seth — requested that, in lieu of flowers, mourners make donations to the Londonderry High School special education program. They have received nearly $3,000 for scholarships.

In the 36 years the couple was married, Bill Howard did not bring work home often, his wife said. When she and her son David went to the high school to help with the fundraiser and see the garden, she was flattered by the outpouring of support.

"We were just amazed, really, that he was so well thought of at school," Glenda Howard said. "We didn't have any closure at this point, so for us it was nice to see the kids and to see them interacting."

"The special education department is really like a family there," she added.

Al Halpern

I had the great pleasure of knowing Bill for the entire length of time he was at Londonderry High School.  Bill worked with our department (math) but most of our discussions were involved with sports and coaching which we both did for a long time.  Since we both grew up in the 50's and 60's we also shared many stories about the good old days.  Bill always brought a smile to my face and he always had a good thing to say to everyone he met.  I learned more about Pittsburgh and the Steelers than I ever knew before, and we educated Bill on the New england teams. I will miss seeing Bill in the halls between classes, in the locker room, in the teachers' lounge, and in the cafeteria.  He was a great guy who will be greatly missed, and we will not forget him. 

Courtney Howard
I will never forget the time we were at Roots Flea Market with Bill and Glenda and we found a old high school year book of mine, and Bill bought it for me.   The picture of me and my frizzy, curly hair, well lets just say Billy would never let me forget about it.    I will miss him harrassing me about it and it will now always bring a smile to my face when I think about it.  Thanks Bill, I love you!
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