MANSFIELD – William Henry Howell, 73, of Mansfield passed away Saturday, December 31, 2016 at Morton Hospital in Taunton.
Born November 13, 1943 in Quincy, he was a son of the late Henry and E. Marion (MacGregor) Howell.
William studied at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and served the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He worked for Digital Equipment, Raytheon and the United States Postal Service. He was an emergency response team member at the Boston branch of the USP where he received several awards for life-saving work.
He was a music lover, avid photographer, HAM radio operator and political enthusiast. William love the ocean and held a USCG Captain’s license and enjoyed SCUBA diving. “Captain Bill Bligh”, a nickname he enjoyed, loving being in or on the sea.
He was very interested in the wellbeing of animals and fostered many pets throughout his life.
William is survived by his three children with the former Angelita Tampus: William T. Howell, Michelle Reach and her husband John, and Jennifer Howell and his brother James Howell of NYC, NY. He is lovingly remembered by two grandchildren: Andrew and Hannah Reach of North Attleboro who referred to him as “Grandpa Whitebeard”.
Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 10-11am at the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro with a memorial service immediately starting at 11am.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at www.alzfdn.org.
“I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied.” – Sea Fever by John Masefield.