ST. ALBANS — Colonel Robert Manning Howard, of St. Albans passed away on Feb. 24, 2016 at the age of 72 after a long and brave battle with Alzheimer’s.
Robert was born in Providence, R.I. on Dec. 27, 1943 to Rev. Donald Aker Howard and Mary Chilton Manning Howard. He grew up with his sister Mary Chilton in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, often spending time on Nantucket where he developed a life-long passion for sailing.
From high school he enlisted in the Army, and after attending OCS served as an intelligence officer. During his tour in Vietnam he received the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star. After leaving the Army he served in the New Jersey National Guard, including time as G-2 of the 50th Armored Division when he led training exercises in St. Albans. He retired from the National Guard after nearly thirty years of service, receiving a Legion of Merit.
While accomplishing all this he held down civilian jobs as an accountant and comptroller. He married his wife, Marilyn Murphy, and had two daughters, Donna Lynne and Laura Jean. He also found time to take evening classes, and received a BA from the University of Nebraska and an MBA from George Washington University. In his later years he was a computer systems engineer and senior manager for several defense companies.
Bob lived his life with passion. He was an avid golfer, skier and sailor. He retired to St. Albans, where his wife was co-owner of The Eloquent Page. He continued to sail his sailboat on Lake Champlain, played golf whenever possible at the Champlain Country Club, and indulged his passion for reading military history. In the winters he taught skiing at Smuggler’s Notch. He was a great storyteller and loved to share his adventures and life experiences. Throughout his life, he and Marilyn loved to travel and their adventures across Europe and the United States created many memories for family and friends. Bob was always on the go and even in his later years never wanted to be sedentary.
Bob is survived by his daughters, Donna Lynne Howard of St. Albans, Laura Jean Kaddis and her husband, Joseph, of Weston, Conn.; four granddaughters, Mary, Amy, Rebecca and Anna of Weston, Conn; his sister, Dr. Mary Chilton Callaway, her husband, Canon Rev. James, of New York City; and many extended family members. Bob was preceded in death by his loving wife of 46 years, Marilyn Murphy Howard.
The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to the entire team at The Arbors in Shelburne for their loving care to Bob in his final years. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family at the Brady & Levesque website: www.bradyandlevesque.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home and Commemorative Services.