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Andover β€” Douglas Neilson Howe Sr., 93, of Norht Andover, and formerly of Andover, died on May 3, after a period of failing health. He was born in Woburn on February 1, 1921, to the late Raymond and Clara (Neilson) Howe.

The family moved to Andover when he was a young boy, and Doug attended Andover schools and graduated from Punchard High School, where he was a standout athlete. He later attended Hebron Academy in Hebron, Maine, where he began to hone his talent on the tennis court during his postgraduate year. After leaving Hebron, Doug joined the U.S. Navy and served as a pilot during W.W. II. He married his high school sweetheart, Marie E. (McComiskey) of Lawrence, Mass., on June 8, 1943. After his military service, he founded Howe Real Estate and Insurance Agency in 1955, at 52 Main St. in Andover. He took great pleasure in meeting new home buyers, often newcomers to town, and assisting them in any way he could. Doug was active in many community organizations, including the Greater Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, The Andover Bank, Merrimack Valley Y.M.C.A., Greater Lawrence Board of Realtors, and Lawrence General Hospital. He enjoyed many winters in Florida, and was an active athlete throughout his life, and enjoyed skiing, golf, and especially, tennis, which he continued late into life.

His family remarked, β€œHe will be remembered as a caring and supportive dad and loving grandfather and great-grandfather. He showed that when you face the world with a broad smile and an open heart, you will be met with the same in kind. Indeed, the world always seemed to smile back at him. And we were proud and happy to walk by his side.”

In addition to his late beloved wife, Marie, with whom he had shared 70 years of marriage, Doug was the loving father of Douglas N. Howe Jr. and his wife, Janice, of North Andover, Clifford Howe and his wife, Jane, of North Hampton, N.H., Nancy Howe Erdmann and her husband, Karl, of Exeter, N.H., and Paul Howe and his wife, Sandy, of Cornish, Maine. He was the proud grandfather of 11; and great-grandfather of 15. He was also the brother of the late Pauline Lee.

ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral will be held in West Parish Church, 129 Reservation Rd., Andover, on Thursday, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in West Parish Cemetery. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at Conte Funeral Home, 28 Florence St., Andover, on Wednesday, from 4 to 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Merrimack Valley Y.M.C.A., 101 Amesbury St., 4th Floor, Lawrence, MA 01840.
Published on  May 8, 2014
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