ST. ALBANS — Howard C. Morse, 88, a native of Swanton and a resident of Vermont for most of his lifetime, passed away Monday afternoon, July 7, 2014 at Our Lady of the Meadows in Richford.

He was born at Fonda Junction in Swanton, Aug. 29, 1925 the son of George Clark Morse and Winnifred Marie (Adams) Morse. Following his graduation from BFA, St. Albans, Howard served in the European Theater during WWII as a radio operator with the United States Army. He later joined the National Guard and was discharged in 1950 as a 2nd Lieutenant.

Howard had a 35-year career with the Boston and Maine Railroad serving as a train dispatcher and as an Assistant Superintendent before retiring in 1986. While residing in Massachusetts and New Hampshire he was a member of the Masons and after returning to Swanton, belonged to Charles DaPrato Post #778 of the VFW. Most recently he had attended the Georgia Plains Baptist Church.

On June 26, 2004, Howard married the former Esther Sweeney of St. Albans who survives him. He also leaves two sons; William of Ticonderoga, N.Y., and Kenneth and his wife, Sheryl Scott of Pelham, N.H., one daughter, Elizabeth Mazeau and her husband, Marcel, of Windsor, Mass., one grandson, Christopher Mazeau of Windsor, Mass., his sister, Charlotte Jacobs and her husband, Lyle of Fairfax, his in-laws; Blanche Gaboriault of Florida and Oscar Hemond of Arizona, his step-children; Dennis Greene, his companion, Nancy, and Deana G. Brown and her husband, Samuel, his step-grandchildren; Samantha and Joshua Brown and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Howard was predeceased by his first wife of 52 years, Doris Marie Claire Hemond on Feb.18, 2001 and by two brothers, Francis and Carlton Morse.

Funeral services will be held Friday, July 11, 2014 at 11 a.m. from the Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Ave., Swanton. The Reverend Kerry T. Cameron will officiate. Interment will follow in the family lot in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call at the Kidder Memorial Home, prior to the funeral service from 10 to 11 a.m.

Gifts in Howard’s memory may be made to a local charity of one’s choice.

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