June 17, 1942 - March 27, 2012
June 17, 1942 - March 27, 2012
William “Bill” Edward Howard Jr., 69, went to his Eternal Reward on March 27, 2012, at Lourdes Medical Center in Willingboro, N.J., surrounded by his loving wife and four children, the Blessed Mother and a host of angels.
Bill was born June 17, 1942, in Batavia, N.Y., to Elizabeth Ann and William Edward Howard Sr. The oldest of three children, Bill graduated salutatorian of his class for Notre Dame High School. While at Notre Dame, he was a standout football (a senior captain) and baseball player. He was a winner of the Batavia Lions Club Bill Cook Athletic Memorial Award and served as an altar boy in his parish.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry in 1964 and a master’s degree in Chemistry in 1965 from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. Upon graduation, he accepted a managerial position with the baby products division at Johnson & Johnson in Princeton and, later, was a manager of their children’s toy division.
Shortly after beginning his position at Johnson and Johnson, he was drafted into the Army. While serving as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, he met the love of his life, Lourdes (Linda) Nieves of Crofton, Md. They married on Feb. 24, 1967, at Fort Meade, Md., and, upon his rejoining Johnson and Johnson, relocated to Bordentown in 1971, where he remained for the rest of his life.
Bill was a devoted, faithful husband and father, helping his wife shuttle the children to various sports and activities, and helping coach some of his sons’ youth teams. He was always there for his family’s important events.
His life would take a dramatically different course on Dec. 22, 1988, when he was paralyzed following a motor vehicle accident. He recovered enough movement in his arms to live as a self-functioning semi-quadriplegic, and the ensuing 23-plus years were full of great pains but also great graces. The accident led to a greater showing of faith and emotions that brought his family closer together.
Bill was a devout Catholic with great devotions to the Blessed Mother, Blessed Mother Teresa, Blessed John Paul II and St. Padre Pio. Until the end, he spent much of his time offering up his great sacrifices in prayer for his loved ones and friends.The latter third of his life was an icon of the suffering Christ. Like that of Christ, it became the source of unity for his family and led all his children to live out more deeply and authentically their Catholic faith.
He loved everything Irish, and had a hilarious, dry wit. In spite of his suffering, he always tried to make others feel better by giving them a much needed smile. He always had a funny story or jokes ready. Bill was always someone people gravitated to and wanted to be in his company.
Bill approached life simply and practically and was the rock of his family and a hero to his wife and children. Just as he also loved to follow the weather, he was a human barometer who reflected his passion for life which he lived vicariously through his children, for whom he made countless selfless sacrifices.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday April 4th 11am at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church 45 Crosswicks St. Bordentown with Father John McFadden Officiating with Father Burns and Father Rogatus Mpeka as con-celebrants. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday evening from 7pm to 9pm and on Wednesday morning from 9:30 am to 10:30am at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Bordentown Cemetery, Bordentown.
Arrangements are under the direct care and supervision of Robert L. Pecht, Bordentown Home for Funerals, 40 Crosswicks St. Bordentown, NJ 08505. Please go to William’s book of memories page at www.Bordentownhomeforfunerals.com to light a candle or offer condolences to the Howard family.
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