Mr. Mabel was the Boys Dean at Thomas A DeVilbiss High School when I attended (Class of 77). It was a time when we could use positive role models. A time when I (and many others) had very little respect for authority. A time when I (and many others) felt no one understood or cared.
Mr. Mabel cared, he understood. He was an authority, yet he was approachable. He was one of the most solid role models I knew at a time when the world felt unstable. He was firm yet fair.
Mr. Mabel, you did make a difference. A lighthouse on a rocky shore comes to mind. You were there offering a reference point to help us navigate through treacherous waters.
Out of respect that was well earned you were, are and always will be Mr. Mabel to me, I shan't call you by your first name. Thank you Mr. Mabel.
My prayers and condolences to the family and friends Mr. Mabel left behind. You have my deepest sympathies and my thanks for sharing him with all of us.
I am so sorry to hear to of Mr. Mabel's passing. He touched many lives including mine. Gone but not forgotten...a friend and mentor to us all.
I am sadden to hear about Mr. Mabel. My heart goes out to his family. Rest in peace.
Cheryl, There are no words that can express both the joy and the sadness that we all feel. Howard brought joy to all who knew him. His passing has also brought sadness to all who knew him. As you can see, Howard brought light and truth and encouragement to all who knew him. Our lives have forever been changed for the better for having been a friend of Howard and of you and your family. Once again we see that the measure of a man's life is not in its length of years, but in the lives of those He touched around him. As you can see, a little bit of Howard Mabel will continue to live in each one of us, and will somehow continue to live in the lives of future generations. INDEED THE LIFE OF HOWARD MABEL WAS AND WILL ALWAYS BE A LIFE WELL-LIVED. God loves us so much that we can love someone even though we don't see them anymore. As for us,we will try to be there for you as you continue to press on to fulfill what God has called you to do for His glory. Love you, Ken & Marilyn
Dear Cheryl, Loved Howard from the first day I met him! He was such a positive influence on my sons life's . From being Mark and Mike's "gymnastics coach" to football for Matt.
He was a great friend to me. I will also cherish the time I spent with him.
I was privileged to share in his and your sorrow when Hyla was ill in the hospital. In happy and sad times he was simply a wonderful man. I know of no one else who touched so many young and older people's lives in such an amazing and kind way as he did including mine. My God forever keep you at peace. Always remember how special you were to Howard.
Love, Marjorie Gilliam
When the news reached me about Howard, I was shocked and heart broken. With great sadness I reach out to you, Cheryl, offering my sincere and heartfelt condolences. Howard and I first met at Parkland School in 1966.He had confidence and I was very fearful though 15 years his senior. Since Parkland ,Howard looked after me till I retired 29 yrs. ago. I am forever grateful for all the encouragement and support I was given many years ago .Thank you . God grant you peace. l love you ,Howard and Cheryl. Pat Flint Boon, Mi.
Cheryl, I am so glad that I ran into you and Howard on January 12 because I got to hug Howard. Little did I know it would be the last. I have read all the great things everyone has written and he was, as you already know, one of a kind. I will miss him and know that he will live on in our hearts forever. I love you!!
Reading through this guest book is proof of all of the lives he touched by simply being himself. I just keep picturing him standing in the hallway @ Start with a great big smile on his face, always willing to give a hand. What a blessing he will be above. May God be with his family & bring them peace as I am certain he will be missed greatly. Thank you Mr. Mabel for always taking that extra step and going above & beyond. I sure hope my children are fortunate enough to run into someone like you during their educational journey.
Start High School class of '89
Mr. Mabel will be greatly missed. I've never met anyone who believed in and encouraged his program participants as he did. He was a 21st century saint!
My prayers are with the Mabel family.
Mr.Mable and Mr.Gates were ran the hallways in '79 but,Mr.Mable was the one that most students liked!Thanks for your positive spirit!R.I.P!
I am honored to have known Mr. Mabel. It was very plain to see how much students meant to him and how, if given a second chance, things could improve for them. He never gave up. And, most importantly, it didn't matter who you were -- he saw each individual as a person. I'll miss working and talking with Mr. Mabel. Blessings to his family.
Mr. Mabel was such a positive influence on everyone he touched and was always able to see the good side in everyone he met. My prayers are with Howard and his family.
May God Bless Mr. Mabel.
Bob and Deb Syroka
So sorry my thoughts and prayers go out to the Mabel Family. He was a very nice a caring guy.
Class of 95
I met Howard when I was assigned to sub at Parkland. What a trip! Howard and I became fast friends, especially after we discovered we were both from the same area of NJ (Bergen County/ Passiac County). Howard was an impressive administrator then, and those skillks only got stronger as the years went by. Little did I know that first day at Parkland that Howard and I would become such good friends, and work together in various projects for the next thirty years. While doing my administrative field experience at Devilbiss, I ended up spending much time with Howard and learned a great deal - he loved the students, and they in turn responded so well to him. Later - much later - we worked together on Private Industry Council (PIC) summer programs, and his sincere desire to help students, and make those programs great ones was always obvious. While I haven't seen him in years, I will miss him, and his all encompassing smile. It was always fun to run into him knowing the discussion would turn to the lake, perhaps a Vegas story, or places for dinner in Paterson, NJ - a part of our youth, long past. Howard was a wonderful person and I'm so glad we became friends. Please accept my deepest sympathy on your loss.
Our sincere condolences on the loss of Howard. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this sad time.
How odd that my father, Lawrence Fischer, and Mr. Mabel would be laid to rest in the same week. Dad was much older than Mr. Mabel, but they worked together many years ago at Parkland School. I remember how highly my father spoke of Mr. Mabel around our house, and can still see Dad throwing his head back and laughing loudly whenever they conversed via telephone in the post-Parkland years. My most sincere sympathy to all of Mr. Mabel's family.
Mary Fischer McGill
Mrs. Mabel, my heart goes out to you and your family at this difficult time. I am extremely saddened to hear about the passing of Mr. Mabel. He was a great man!! As I read through the comments from Start High graduates on this web site, I am not surprised to see the vast number of young lives he touched. Mr. Mabel helped a lot of us to become better people and live up to a better vision of ourselves. He always had an upbeat but realistic view on everything. He shared his time and talents with a true love, respect and humor. Thank you Mr. Mabel, for all that you have done in touching so many of us. Rick Keesee SHS '82
I am sorry you are sad. The world has lost one of its finest persons. Howard shares our lake, He is our neighbor. I am so impressed, not surprised, by the beautiful words being used to describe his influence on his students. He made a major difference in the lives of the persons he touched. We are honored to have known him and his fabulous family. As we round the curve, toward our lake house, our hearts will pause in saddness until we meet again. May God hold you in the palm of his hand, that is if He can hold you still that long, and bring your family memories of a joy-filled life well lived. Our love, our prayers and thougght, Margaret and Bill Noe and family. .
We will miss Howard very much, He was a wonderful man and a good friend.
Cheryl we will be praying for you and your family. Howard helped me through school and was a good listener I looked up to him so much. It was always a joy to run in to him and talk about old times. Keith and I will miss him very much. All our Love and Prayers. Teresa Westfall and Keith Incorvaia
I can still picture Mr. Mabel walking across the lunchroom at Start and hear his booming voice! He was always so nice and fair! Rest in Peace, and Peace be with his family.
Mr. Mabel was, without a doubt, a very positive influence during my days at DHS. During some trying times in high school, he inspired me to get my life on track. I'm sure countless others can say the same. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Mabel Family, my deepest sympathy goes out to you all. Mr Mabel was a true mentor and leader that I looked up to through out highschool. He taught me things that I still use today and will use for the rest of my life. He coached me in football from 1986-1989 at Start. I will never forget Howard Mabel.
Lee Adler ( Toledo, Ohio )
What a man. Met him first at DHS and then was fortunate enough to work with him at SHS. Taught me how to be patient, caring, and to listen. Truly a great person.
Howard was Howard was enormously instrumental in the success and continuation of the Toledo Metroparks Youth Conservation Corp program. I was always so impressed that Howard would buy work boots for the students out of his own pocket.
This truly saddens me, as I worked with Howard at the Metroparks for three years. He was was devoted to helping troubled youth and giving them a chance in life. He always looked for the good in individuals and believed.
Howard played a significant role in my life and I'm sorry to hear of his passing. I pray he passed peacefully and God's presence and grace are comforting all of you. Howard volunteered to drive me to Miamisburg, OH my senior for the Ohio HS State Gymnastics Championship meet. He was my "coach" by default because someone had to represent Start HS from the administration. HE STEPPED-UP! This was my one opportunity to get recruited by college coaches and we talked and listened to R & R the whole way there to get psyched up. Five minutes before the meet began I took one more warm-up Vault and broke my leg with every college coach there watching. I was devastated! I remember him telling me everything would work out and just being strong for me. Well he was right. I was lucky enough to go on to compete in college, win a National Championship, turn pro and perform in 5 world tours and get inducted to the Kent State University Hall of Fame with the likes of Jack Lambert, Lou Holtz, Thurman Munson and Ben Curtis. I now help young adults with life skills, the recruiting process as well as speak nationally to organizations. I tell me story often and Howard will always be one of the supporting cast in my life that has allowed me to become who I am and what I do! Thank you for sharing him with me! I celebrate his life with all of you in fond memories and prayer.
I do not have many memories of my high school years(thankfully) but being a Male, football player and a Birmingham, I must say I probably spent more time in his presence than most. One of the funniest being at our special pre-graduation meeting he had with all of us from the class of 1985. All the things he would do to us if we screwed around or showed up drunk to graduation. Sorry, but I think a few of us may have shown up with a few less brain cells than promised. A strong person that truly cared about what he did, and who he affected. Not many like that any more. RIP. Be sure to give a shout out to my brother Bobby when you see him.(along with all the other fallen spartans)
I work at the East Toledo Senior Center and we have had several of Howards students working here. He was great with them! I have missed him since he left LCESC and now will truly miss him knowing I will not see him again. My sympathy to his entire family.
Cheryl and family, we've lost one of the BEST! Howard helped so many youths in Toledo and he will be remembered for that. Most of all we(all his buddies) lost a great friend that we'll never forget! Remembering you all in our prayers..Pete and Marcia Benedict
I worked with Howard for several years when he worked with the Summer Youth Employment Programs at PIC. He was totally dedicated to seeing young people succeed. I'll never forget his sense of humor. RIP, Howard...
howard was my first jewish friend and a real great guy. After being friends in p.e. classes at u of t our paths crossed again at Start when I WAS A BVR COUNSELOR FOR HIS KIDS. My condolences. Jack Wlodarz desert hot springs ca.
My Condolences to the Mabel family & Friends. I met Mr. Mabel the fall of 1983. 1 of the great educators at Start High School. Thank you for being you, and doing it the way you did.
Mr. Mabel impacted and inspired everyone he met in the halls of Start high school. He was a strong disciplinarian, but tender hearted. A great man who always kept it real. RIP Mr.Mabel. You truly were one of a kind.
So many times he let me come into his office and cry while my dad was sick and dying. He was an awesome man and will greatly missed. I'm very lucky to have known him. Class 93'
I had the privilege of working with Howard at the East Toledo Family Center, and what a honor that was. What a kind and caring man. Rest in Peace Howard.
Mr Mabel was the sole reason i stayed in school he would not let me stop. Howard saw in me what i could not, next to my own father he help make me who i am today. He was one of the good ones
The East Toledo Family Center's staff will miss Howard. We enjoyed working with him and he always kept us laughing. Rest in Peace Howard, you did great work in your lifetime. We will miss you.
I will miss our visits at the lake filled with laughter and interesting conversation. Our thoughts, & prayers are with you.
Dear Mrs. Mable, Leslie and Shelly, our families have been intertwined since "the apartments" where you met my parents, Bob and Janice Phillips. I remember all your kindnesses, pony rides, childhood birthday parties and the like. I remember how glad I was that my parents' friend was at Start when I was new and how I noticed even as a self involved teen that he was loved, respected and admired by the students and the faculty, but not feared. He was an example of a leader and and a kind and loving man, and I am very, very sorry for your family's loss. As you can see from these entries, he touched lives of people around the entire country, and I hope there is comfort in that for you, that you were married to, or the child of, a great man, beloved of many. There are few of us so very lucky. My heart follows you today, but I believe that Heaven is celebrating with one "helluva" good party, and that Hyla, family and friends (including Bob Phillips) are embracing him and loving him until we can all meet again. May G-d grant you peace.
Many prayers for the Mabel Family. Mr. Mabel was a true angel, he helped me with many troubled times. Greatest listener, with the best advice !!
RIP Mr. Mabel !!!
Cheryl, Leslie, Shelly, so sorry to hear of Howard's passing. He was the first person to take me in and show me the ropes when I started teaching. All of you were my home away from home when I was new in Toledo. Food, friendship and great conversation. Go in peace my brother.
As a Supervisor for the Toledo Area Metroparks, I had the pleasure of working with Howard in action, mentoring his young workers, sharing the joy in their succeses, and the disapointment in their failures.
I enjoyed working with Howard - he truly cared about the young persons. I wish Howard's family strenght and Hamakom yenachem etchem b'toch she'ar avelai Tziyon Vi'yerushalayim.
My condolances to Cherly and Leslie and family. I worked with Howard in the PIC summer youth program and we became life long friends. I will never forget his New Jersey way of talking. There was nothing he would not do for the kids. He new everyone and there family's. He would always ask what's for lunch. Most days he ate healthy but other days he made me get him a Betty Salad or a Coney Island Hotdog. But don't tell his Wife. LOL. So sorry I did not make it to our last lunch.
U were a great guy and a dean i will miss u
Mabel Family: During my career with Juvenile Court, Mr. Mabel was very instrumental in helping me steer youth in the right direction.
May God comfort you all.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends... What a wonderful man he was. He touched the lives of so many young people giving them guidance and strength. I am honored to have known him. May his kindness live on in all those he influenced. ?
Prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Mable. He was a great man, who greatly inspired the lives of so many. He will be deeply missed. Rest In Heavenly Peace Mr. Mable and thanx for all the wonderful memories. Inez Moon Hartford Class of 88
I worked as an aide in the office and saw the way Mr. Mabel cared about all students and staff. He was a great man and will be missed!
Class of '79!
Truly and awesome man the lord has received a true angel. Rest in piece Mr Mable.
"Can i get in this class picture too, since this will be my last year. Im going to retire" he said as we were piling into the green senior bleachers for the class picture.
Howard Mabel....what a great, great man who took the time to get to know people and one who taught me many valuable life lessons! Sept. 1979, I walked into Start for the first day of my Senior year and was conversing with classmates, when Mr. Mabel walked up, put his arm around me and gave me a great big hug! "Hey Matthews, you got a cigarette?" he asked as we were departing for our first class. I seized the opportunity to get on the good side of the Dean of Men. "Here you go Mr. M," I said, while giving him a nearly full pack of Salem's. "Don't forget where you got em'!" A week or so later I was in the restroom on the second floor sneaking a smoke when he walked around the corner and caught me red handed. He picked up the cig I had dropped in an effort to hide it and handed it back to me, while pulling his own from his pocket. "You here every day at this time?" he asked. From there out he'd meet me a few days a week. We'd have a talk and a smoke. "Just remember, if anyone else walks in, I'm not going to be able to do anything for you!" Sure enough a few weeks passed and into the bathroom walked Rochester Gates, the asst. principal of the school. While serving the 3 day, in school suspension for that incident, Howard walked over and gave me a pat on the back. “I told ya!” he smiled. Just a great, great teacher, friend, mentor and role model he was for me and many others. Tough, but oh so fair!
Following HS I hung out at the local neighborhood bar, OB's, and had more than a few cold ones with Howard and many of the other teachers during that period. I'm certain Howard was a great father and husband, as well! My heart goes out to all of you and I want you to know that Howard has always had a place in my heart and will never be forgotten!
May he R.I.P. and may you treasure and hold your memories with him forever!
Jim Matthews Roy C. Start H.S. 1979
I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great man. I had some issues with some girls picking on me in school and he took care of it, they never bothered me again. That ment the world to me and I will always remember him for helping me and listening when I needed help.
to mr.mabel family im so sorry for your loss. he was a very good man. i still remember he would let us out at lunch and always brought him a big mac back as a thank you. he was the fairest man i have ever had in any school . u will be missed coach joe lafaver class of 88
My condolances to Cherly and family. I worked with Howard in the PIC summer youth program and we became life long friends. They don't make them any better thatn Howard:head and heart. He was such a compassionte man. If there were more Howard Mabels in the world guiding our youth...it is the end of an era-he was one of a kind.
Colette Cordova, Toledo, Ohio
Thoughts and prayers for the Mabel family. He always had a smile for you when you passed him in the halls. Class of 82.
You did a great job and really cared about the kids you watched over. Rest in peace.
A counselor that kept it "real". Condolences to his family. Start 81
Mr. Mabel was a very good judge of character. He really helped many kids, I can't imagine how many. RIP
Mr Mabel was very much loved and respected. I'm lucky to have known him. My sincerest condolences.
I was blessed to run into Howie about 10 years ago and he reminisced with me about the trouble I got myself in to and all the trouble he had to get me out of. He was a great administrator and friend. He will be missed. My deepest sympathies to his family. '81
My prayers are with you. Mr. Mabel was a great man. To me, he was SHS. RIP Mr. Mabel. You will be missed.
Jamie Taylor-Quintanilla 1986
He helped a lot of kids, he will be missed.
My thoughts and prayers are with you! Mr. Mabel was an inspiration to many! May you find confort in knowing that he touched so many lives in so many ways and his spirit will never be forgotten!!!
So sorry for the loss of a good man, he was at Start when I was in school back in 1980.I remember him well as a man who cared about the kids.
Thank you for all you done for me Coach Mabel ! I will always remember our talks and all the fun we had at Start High School wish I could've seen you one more time . Love you Frosty
I am so sorry to hear of Mr Mabel's passing...Mr. Mabel was the best...
So sorry for the loss of such a great man. He was an inspiration to all of us and will always be remembered for his kind heart. Godspeed Mr. Mabel you will be missed.
Mr Mabel was a wonderful man and mentor. Thanks for the memories....
Start Alumns, Jamie (Chick) Mandeville Class of '88)and Jim Chick (class of '90) RIP Mr Mable
Mr. Mabel (Howie) was someone that i respected and i know alot of my fellow classmates did at Start High School...he will be missed. My condolences to his family.
Kay Rosar Bius
Class of "79"
I was so sorry to hear of Mr. Mabel's passing. He was a true gentleman and a great coach. I spent many hours with him on the football field and have wonderful memories of him. Sir, thank you for all your time and patience with me. You made the game fun. (Flea-flicker left. Flea-flicker right. Fake punt). Start -90
Howard was a great friend and co-worker. The students at Start, respected and loved him.He will be missed!
Think of you often, Mr. Mable! You were an awesome man! I don't believe I would of ever admitted that back in high school! It would of been uncool! Always thought you were a good looking man! Wouldn't of admitted that either.. Sad to know your gone! Looking forward to seeing you again in heaven someday!
I'm so sad to hear of Mr. Mabel's passing. I was lucky enough to run into him a few times recently as he was the Aflac rep at the school where I teach, and this many years later, he was still as warm-hearted and funny as he was 20 years ago in the halls of Start. He touched the lives of so many people & we will miss his guidance and kindness. Rest in peace Howard!
He was a good person. I will always remember the talks we had. He will be missed.
Dear Cheryl and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. We all have lost a friend and colleague. You cannot think of Howard with out a smile. We all had a better life at Start High School because of Howard. He always took care of business while inspiring other to improve. He will be missed.
Very sorry for your loss. I first met Howard when attending Start and got to know him best when working the office my senior year in 1983. I seen him a number of times after, the last about 3 or so years ago. He was always interested in how and what I was doing and he always made me laugh.
I am very sorry to hear of Mr. Mabel's passing. The lessons that Mr. Mabel taught me at SHS and on the football field remain with me to this day. I believe that where I am in my life today is because of Mr. Mabel. I will never forget you. God Bless!
Truely one of a kind! Was always there to listen & give advice.
Dear Cheryl and Family,
So sorry to hear of Howard's ('Mr. Mabel') passing. He was a wonderful individual that always had a smile and a 'hello' or 'where you suppose to be' when he saw you in the halls; and he was always ready to help if you reached out to him.
Of course, he was Start HS greatest Gymnastics Coach too! He got me all the way to the State HS Championships.
I was fortunate to see and speak with Mr. Mabel a few times after HS and College - we had good conversations. He was a good friend to my whole family - Dad, Mom, Mike and Matt and he will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Mark Gilliam (SHS 1980)
My deepest sympathies go out to Mr. Mables family. He was an exceptional man and kept a lot of us on the right track in High School. He truly cared about all of us. Spartans of 89 will surely miss you !!
Prayer's are with you.You where a great man as well as mentor.
Mr Mabel was a class act and a man who ruled with his heart. He would ve done anything for the kids he mentored and he usually did. The world and the students of SHS are better for having him here. He will truly be missed by all who knew him, he will always remain a huge influence on the man that i have become today. I bet hes doing bench presses in heaven as i type this, lol. Great man, huge heart. Dave Weaver class of 1982
Our thought and prayers are with you. May your loving memories of Howard put a smile on your face during this difficult time.
Rest in peace Howie. We'll miss you!
Your poker buddies: Sonny, Fred, Rick, Bruce, Mark, Mike, and Mel.
What a great man. A positive influence on everyone he had met. A true Role Model! Heaven has received a gift. With a heavy heart thank you Coach.
sorry to hear of MR Mabel's passing, I spent a lot of time in his office at start, he was tough ,fair , truly cared about all of us, the school's today could all use a MR Mabel !!
What a truely awesome man, lots of good memories of Mr Mabel from my four years at Start High School. RIP Mr Mabel you were an angel on earth !
Mr Mabel was a great guy and a great influence on all of us students that attended Start High school. I remember getting into a little trouble once and he told me I had to come to school an hour early for three days..then under his breath he said bring me in some donuts tomorrow and well call it good.
A wonderful friend to my mother and father and a great man in general. R.I.P Mr Mabel.
Sorry to hear of Mr. Mabel's passing he was a great influence to many of us at Start High School. My condolences to his family. Rest in Peace. Class of 1990.
Thoughts and prayer goes out to your family.. you were a great person and you will truly be missed..
What huge influence he was throughout my high school years. He took my under his wing, gave me my first job and taught me about working hard and being a man. To this day I quote him to my daughter. Thanks for everything Howie!
I worked in the office /w "Howie" my senior year, have many fond memories of his kind & straight-forward advice. SHS was blessed to have him! He was a wonderful man & influence. He would tell me sometimes about "his" Shelly. :) Sorry he went too soon! God Bless the Mabel family! Shelli '83 SHS
I was privileged to play for Coach Mabel. Even though I was the worst player on the team, he always made me feel like I was an important part of it. RIP Coach and thank you!!
Thoughts and prayers to your famil, Mr. Mabel touched many lives as you know. He was a great man and educator. Keith, Spartan 82'
On behalf of the Start High School Hall of Fame Association, we offer our deepest sympathies. Howard was a giant soul of a man, always there to discipline but always there to inspire. We truly lost a great Spartan.
Mr. Mabel touched the lives of every student he came in contact with. He will be missed. My condolences to his family.
Mr Mabel....a good man who truly cared about kids!!! Thank You
Mr. Mabel was first class all the way.He influenced I think everyone who had come to know him,don't think there was anyone like him who he didn't help in one way or another.Thanks for the memories and life lessons he gave to all.My prayers and sympathies to his family and friends.
Mr. Mabel was so welcoming when I came to Start my sophomore year. He made me feel at home instantly. I was blessed to have known him.
R.I.P. Mr>Mabel you were a great man and will be missed.
class of 91
One of my favorite coaches, can still remember his pre-game speeches! Sorry for his family, he was a GREAT man!
I was glad to know Mr. Mable at Start High School in Toledo Ohio. He was my JV Football Coach as well as a good infleuence. I was glad to have him in my life as a role model. He will be missed. My Prayers go out to all his family and friends.
I am sorry to hear of Mr Mabel's passing. Without him, I would not have made it through Start HS. He and my mother never gave up on me. He was a wonderful man. Class of 87