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William H. Howell 12/31/2016

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.





#4 Ted Hutson 2017-01-16 03:38
Bill was one of my favorite people at USPS; one I looked forward to seeing at the end of my shift and the beginning of his. He had T shirts printed up that said "Jesus was a loving liberal," which he considered part of his "mission" to offer enthusiasticall y, without accepting payment, to kindred spirits such as me.

73, as we hams say.
#3 Willy 2017-01-15 17:14
Thank you for everything,. You were always there for me no matter what.Its hard to put into words how much you are already missed and what a big part of my life you will always be. I really wish I knew you better, -Im sure we'd have been best of friends.This isn't goodbye-I love you Dad.
#2 Ann Carroll 2017-01-10 23:16
I am sorry Sorry to hear about the loss of your father Michelle , Jen , Willy .. My Condelences and Prayers go out to each one of you as well as your family . May time heal your hearts & memories replace tears...
#1 Michelle Reach 2017-01-09 21:13
Oh dad ,GWB, I hope you are forever enjoying the lull and calm waves of the ocean. How you loved adventure and the call of the seas. A never ending sense of urgency to capture the quick moving moment in still life photos. You had an un-exhausted amount of energy. Perhaps you knew your time was fleeting. I'm so glad you embraced your many fascinations in the short time you were here. You are loved and will be missed xoxo

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