Steve D. Howarth

June 21, 2012

Steven D. Howarth, 55, of Attleboro, died on June 21 at New England Sinai hospital with his daughter and wife holding his hands and his brothers and sisters by his side, following an heroic year-long battle with cancer. He was the husband of Rebecca Marshall-Howarth to whom he was married on October 15, 1983. Born in New Bedford, MA, on January 26, 1957, he was a son of the late John P. and Gertrude (Bariteau) Howarth. Raised and educated in Fairhaven, MA. Mr. Howarth moved to the City of Attleboro in 1985. Mr. Howarth enjoyed woodworking, working in his yard, and all Boston sports, but most of all,he loved spending time with his family. He was brilliant, kind, funny, and loving. He will be remembered as the best father and husband anyone could ever ask for, as well as a wonderful brother, uncle, friend, co-worker, and (according to a neighbor) the unofficial “mayor” of Robin’s Nest. He was always there with whatever you needed – a helping hand; advice with what seemed like unlimited knowledge, innovation, and talent; a smile; a sillysong; or, sometimes when it was most appropriate, a sarcastic remark. He had an unparalleled work ethic. He will be missed and those of us who were close to him are all better people because we knew him. His spirit and positive attitude during his illness were remarkable. Throughout the ordeal, he displayed dignity, strength, and determination. One of the doctors said he was inspirational. In addition to his wife of28 years, he leaves his daughter,Stefanie A. Howarth of Attleboro, who has been the love of his life since the day she was born. He had six siblings, John P. Howarth Jr. and his wife Cristina Cordoba of Acushnet, MA; Susan Faria and her husband Robert of Fairhaven, MA; Peter Howarth and his wife Sharon of Fairhaven, MA; Michael Howarth of Bismark, North Dakota; Janet Hemingway and her husband Thomas of Fairhaven, MA; and Lisa Moniz and her husband Kenneth of Fairhaven, MA. In addition, he leaves “water relatives Michael and DarrahMcCann of Bradenton, FL. He also leaves two Goddaughters, Kendra Wingate of Palmetto, FL and Erin Moniz of New Bedford, MA; nephews James Howarth, Keith Moniz, and Tyler Hemingway; nieces Katie Faria, Jillian Maciel, Amanda Howarth, and Erin Deckinga; seven great nephews and nieces;extended family members; co-workers;neighbors;and good friends. Mr. Howarth received an associate’s degree from New England Technical Institute. Hewas a dedicated employee, working in the cable industry for more than 30 years, starting at Whaling City Cable in New Bedford, continuing with Colony Communications in Pawtucket, and working most recently as a Technical Supervisor for Comcast in North Attleboro, Taunton, and Fall River. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend a Celebration of His Life and a Sharing of Memories on Monday, June 25, 2012 anytime between the hours of 4:00 7:00 PM in the "Memorial Chapel" of Dyer-Lake Funeral Home - 161 Commonwealth Avenue (exit 5 off I-95 N or S, go right at end of ramp, 3/4 mile on left), North Attleboro. A children's room will be available during the remembrance gathering. Family and friends are welcome to attend a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 11:00 AM at St. John the Evangelist Church, 133 North Main Street Route 152, Attleboro with the Rev. Richard M. Roy, Pastor, officiating. There will be no funeral cortege from the funeral home prior to the commencement of the Funeral Mass. Burial will be private. Following church services an invitation will be extended to join the family for a time of continued fellowship and refreshments at a location to be announced. Scholarships have been established in Attleboro and Fairhaven to help a senior at both schools each year to attend college. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Steven D. Howarth Memorial Scholarship: For an Attleboro High Senior: Steven D. Howarth Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/oAttleboro Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 1666, Attleboro, MA 02703. For a Fairhaven High Senior: Fairhaven Dollars for Scholars, Steven D. Howarth Memorial Scholarship, Attention: Doug Medeiros, 12 Huttleston Avenue, Fairhaven, MA 02719 For additional information or to send the family a written expression of sympathy, please visit an online guest book at Arrangements are under the direction of the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home, 161 Commonwealth Avenue, Village of Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro. (508) 695-0200

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