Daniel J. "Danny" Howard, 68, of Florida, formerly of Gardner, died peacefully Sunday, November 13, 2016 in Florida Hospital of Orlando, following a brief illness.
He was born in Gardner on May 19, 1948, the son of the late John and Rita (Richard) Howard.
Daniel graduated from Narragansett Regional High School of Baldwinville with the Class of 1966.
He was a United States Vietnam War Coast Guard Veteran and received the National Defense Service Medal, First Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal and Antarctic Service Medal.
Daniel was a truck driver employed by J.P. Routhier and Sons, Inc. of Ayer for many years, retiring in 2006. He was previously employed by Modern Contract of Gardner.
He was a member of Annunciation Parish/Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church of Gardner. He was also a member of the Napoleon Club of Gardner, Elks Lodge 1426 of Gardner, American Legion Post 129 of Gardner, and the AMVETS of Florida.
Daniel enjoyed golfing, and was an avid fan of the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox. He loved spending time with his family.
Daniel was predeceased by his first wife of 39 years, Janette G. (Gallant) Howard, who died September 26, 2007.
He leaves his wife, Joyce LeBlanc of Florida; one son, D.J. Howard and his wife Melissa of Templeton; one daughter, Michelle Wilkinson of Nashua, NH; one brother, Tim Howard and his wife Sue of Simi Valley, CA; five grandchildren, Michael Wilkinson, Steven Wilkinson, Dominic Howard, Cameron Howard and Zachary Howard; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral Services will be held Monday, November 21st from the Boucher Funeral Home, Inc., 110 Nichols Street, Gardner with a Mass at 10:30 a.m. in Annunciation Parish/Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, 135 Nichols Street, Gardner. Burial will be in the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 111 Glenallen Street, Winchendon.
Calling hours will be held Sunday, November 20th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 Fifth Street, Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451.
Sunday, November 20th, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Boucher Funeral Home, Inc., 110 Nichols St., Gardner
Monday, November 21st, 2016 10:30am, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, 135 Nichols St., Gardner
MA Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Winchendon, MA