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Daniel J"Danny" Howard
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
My thoughts and prayers go out to Joyce and the Howard family. Danny was a all around good soul. He will be greatly missed.
Paulette (Voyer) Goguen Nov 21 2016 12:00 AM
DJ, Michelle: I am so sorry about the loss of your Dad. He was like a big brother to me as a kid and someone I looked up to when I growing up. I remember as a kid seeing Danny in his uniform and thinking how "cool" is that. Your Dad was one of the truly good guys. He (and you) are in my prayers.
Rob Howard Nov 21 2016 12:00 AM
Michelle and DJ....so sorry on your loss. He was a great neighbor and friend. I will always be thankful to him for introducing Ron to me. We will always remember him. Kathy and Ron
Kathy and Ron Dragon Nov 20 2016 12:00 AM
Joyce, Michelle and DJ so sorry for your loss. He will be missed in Florida.
Wayno & Donna Dion Nov 19 2016 12:00 AM
DJ and Michelle, Our deepest sympathy to you and your family on Danny's passing. He wasn't just my cousin, he was our friend. He will be greatly missed by us. Kathy & Skip
Kathy Morrill Nov 18 2016 12:00 AM
A Lifetime of Memories
High School dates, rides in the Rambler, singing Danny Boy, your wedding, our wedding, the birth of our kids, vacations together, backyard BBQs, watching our kids grow from babies to great adults with families of their own, holiday get togethers, lobster/steammer feasts, the passing of Janette who I miss every day and so many more memories. I will miss you and your "Hi Auntie" greetings. May your journey take you back to Janette and all of your loved ones who have gone before you. A final "love you!" Claire
Auntie Nov 16 2016 12:00 AM
Missing youDanny , will be missing your smile and hugs at all the holidays here in Florida....also will miss the first thing you say when you see me "Hi Ma" You will be missed by many of our friends you have met at our holiday dinners. So happy we got to spend a little time with you this summer
Pat and Ray Nov 16 2016 12:00 AM
Michelle my sincere condolences go out to you and your family in this time of grief for the loss of your dad.
Lillian Burke Nov 16 2016 12:00 AM
Michelle & DJ - I'm so sorry for your incredible loss. I know what it's like to lose a parent and my thoughts will be with you over the next few difficult days and months...your dad was always so much fun in the "old days" of going to his baseball games. I loved that time in our lives. I hope his services bring you comfort as you see how many people he touched. Way too young...again, I'm so sad for your loss.
Karen (Lepkowski) Crum Nov 16 2016 12:00 AM
So sorry for your loss Michelle. Thoughts and prayers go out to you and the family.
Elaine Tellier Nov 16 2016 12:00 AM