BREWER and BANGOR - Stanley Edward "Stan" Howard, 88, of Brewer, died on March 15, 2014, in Bangor, surrounded by family. He was born Feb. 25, 1926, in Frankfort, son of the late Charles and Ethel (Tozier) Howard.
He grew up in North Searsport and graduated from Searsport High School in 1943. At 17, he volunteered for the U.S. Army and served in the infantry in the Germany and Austria during World War II. After the war, inspired by a favorite uncle, he graduated from Hanson's Barber School in Bangor, and held a barber license from 1948 until his death.
He and his wife Barbara lived in Bangor until 1984, when they moved to Brewer. For 50 years, he was a well-known barber in Hampden and Bangor, retiring in 1998. During the 1970s, lean years for barbering, he also worked for a time at Sherman Homes and for several years at New England Pipe and F.W. Webb, before returning to barbering.
He was a faithful member and long-time trustee of Grace United Methodist Church in Bangor. He was a member of the VFW, and was proud of his World War II veteran's walking stick. He was a past member and Noble Grand of the International Order of Odd Fellows in Hampden.
Stan was a warm and gregarious person who was deeply devoted to his family, loved people and enjoyed telling stories. Knowing his rare blood type could save lives, he donated many gallons of blood through the American Red Cross. In retirement, he volunteered over 3,000 hours at Eastern Maine Medical Center, where he enjoyed meeting people from all over eastern Maine. He loved the Red Sox, was an avid golfer who twice shot a hole-in-one, and enjoyed bowling with his friends at Family Fun Lanes in Bangor right up until the last days of his life.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Barbara (McCart) Howard of Brewer; five children and their spouses, Judy and Luigi DiFilippo of Devon, Pa., Jerry and Diane Howard of Cherry Hill, N.J., Catherine and Arthur Terrill of Orono, James Howard and Lori Crow of Alexandria, Va., and Karen and Kevin Raye of Perry; seven grandchildren, Rena Ferris, Jeremy Howard, Stacey Atwood, Amy Cyr, Barry Terrill, Brandon Terrill, and Joanna Howard; 16 great-grandchildren; and many treasured nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents; six siblings who died in childhood; three sisters, Agnes Williamson, Alice Lloyd, and Irene Ward, one brother, Stacey Howard; and by one great-grandson, Shaun Anthony.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Westgate Manor for their compassionate care and extraordinary kindness during the final three days of his life.
Friends may call 4-7 p.m. Wednesday March 19, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at Grace United Methodist Church, 193 Union St., Bangor, with Pastor Gretchen Casey officiating. A reception will follow the funeral service at the church. Interment of his ashes will be at Bayside Cemetery in Eastport at a date to be announced. Those who wish may contribute in Stan's memory to Grace United Methodist Church, 193 Union St., Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.