Howard W. Coleman, 1935 – 2021
Paxton – Howard "Howie" W. Coleman Jr., 86, died at home on May 9, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife and loving caretaker, Carol (Franklin), seven children: Michael Coleman, Mary Coleman and her partner Damon Hopley, Tom Coleman and his wife Kim, John Coleman, Paul Coleman, Ann Coleman, Kathleen Murphy and her husband Joe, and his two step-sons Michael Christy and his wife Cristina and Matthew Christy. He was a loving "Papa" to his fifteen grandchildren: James, Meaghan, Robert, Cameron, Corey, Tim, Drew, Samantha, Jimmy, Joe, Parker, Isla, Mallory, Ja'Kihh and Caroline and his two great-grandchildren: Lincoln and Sydney. He is also survived by his brother Gene Coleman, and his sister Carole Boilard and her husband Norman and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his first wife Ann, his parents, Howard Sr. and Mary (Rousseau) Coleman, and his brothers Malcolm and Kenneth.
Howie was a lifelong resident of Worcester until he moved to Paxton with his wife in 1996. He was a graduate of Commerce High School. After high school, he enlisted in the Navy and was a reservist until he was drafted in 1954. He was assigned to the USS Fiske (DDR-842) Destroyer and his service included two trips to Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and another to the Mediterranean. He served from 1954-1956 when he was honorably discharged.
Howie played racquetball at the Worcester Court Club for decades. He won many state and regional championships during that time. He instilled his love of racquetball in many of his children and made many lifelong friends during this time. He loved to sail, kayak, bike ride and golf. He enjoyed building and flying radio controlled airplanes with his brother Gene.
He worked for the New England Telephone Company for 36 years until his retirement. After retiring, he enjoyed many activities with his wife, children and grandchildren. He enjoyed spending time in Florida with Carol, volunteering at the Paxton Council on Aging (where he served as a Board Secretary for many years), and at volunteering with the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Howie was a man of great faith and was a devoted Catholic his entire life and was a member of St. Columba Parish in Paxton.
If you met Howie, you were a friend of Howie. He went out of his way to help many and never turned his back on anyone, no matter the circumstances. His kindness, handsome smile and wicked sweet tooth will always be remembered. He was loved by all.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Paxton Council on Aging, c/o Cindy, 17 West Street, Paxton, MA 01612. A Private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Columba Church. Burial will be at Moreland Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Arrangements are being made through Fay Brothers Funeral Home, One West Boylston Street, West Boylston, MA.