ANDOVER: Howard A. West, age 98, of Andover, passed away Saturday September 5, 2015. He was the husband of the late Mildred (Lee) West, with whom he shared 67 years of marriage. Born in Methuen and raised in Andover, where he was a lifelong resident, he was the son of the late Archibald and Lillian (Blaser) West. He was a graduate of Punchard High School, Class of 1936.
Prior to his retirement, Howard worked at Salem Harbor Power Plant from 1951-1981 and was the original crew of employees for the start-up of the power plant. He retired as a control room engineer.
He enjoyed history and found he was related to five founding fathers of Andover. Howard enjoyed photography and developed many of his own pictures. He also enjoyed flying, having taken lessons in his younger years, hunting, and gardening. He loved animals and nature.
For many years, he was a member of the Shriner’s Burn Institute, and was always very concerned about their institution. Many commented on what a kind person he was.
Howard is survived by his children, Judith Stevens of Andover, William West and Kim Kelly of Groveland and Alan West of Pittsburgh; eight grandchildren, Kent, Kevin, Kristina, Timothy, William, Thomas, Nathaniel and Zachary; 14 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
For those desiring, memorials may be made to the Shriner’s Burn Institute. Anderson-Bryant Funeral Home, 781-438-0135.
Published on  September 11, 2015