On March 8, 2018, Douglas M. Howard passed away unexpectedly. Having spent a lifetime of loving unconditionally, his heart had grown tired and needed to rest.
Born on July 22, 1958 in Middleboro, he was the son of the late Clayton and Muriel (Masse) Howard. A graduate of Middleboro High School, he enjoyed playing football, from Pee Wee league all the way through the Middleboro Sachems. He was a lifelong fan of the New England Patriots.
Doug was a proud member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 4. A highly skilled tradesman, he could operate any piece of equipment, and shared his talent by lending a hand to anyone with a home improvement project.
Known to croon with friends at local karaoke spots, Doug loved the hits of the Rat Pack, and The J. Gails Band. He was fond of deep sea and fresh water fishing, and cherished his time near water, especially in Cape Cod, Gloucester, and Rockport.
A truly selfless man, Doug offered his heart by helping others. From beautifying backyards, to working behind the scenes on local plays, to helping with carpentry projects; Doug gave everything he could, and never asked for anything in return.
He was known for singing “That’s Amore” while cooking his homemade spaghetti sauce and his ability to hold his own during family game nights. A great storyteller, each visit was packed with entertaining stories. He loved Sunday morning family breakfasts filled with laughter, and the smell of linguica frying in the kitchen.
Family was the most important thing in his life. He was extremely proud of his son, and the three daughters he called his own after marrying the love of his life, Wanda M. Howard. Doug was happiest when he was with his children, and grandchildren. He will be remembered for his kindness, compassion, robust laugh, and loving blue eyes.
He is survived by his son Douglas C.J. Howard of Lakeville, three stepdaughters and their spouses Lorna and Roger Brunelle, Elizabeth and Kenny Poirier, and Tahlia and Lincoln Mann of Middleboro, his beloved dog Emma Mae, his grandchildren Riley Angelina and Melanie Raine Howard, Paige Miranda, Tyler Lambert, Taylor Poirier, and Trey Mann, and his great-grandson Mason Henault, his sister Diane Roberio, and lots of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, the late David M. Howard, and his wife, the late Wanda M. Howard.
Calling hours will be on Friday, March 16, from 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. with a Celebration of Life beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Chapman, Cole, and Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway (Rt 28) in Wareham. Guests are encouraged to share happy memories of Doug. A private burial will be held at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Watertown.