A man well loved; a life well lived Born in Salem, MA April 30, 1924 to Sargent Holbrook Wellman and Mary Lines Wellman, Howard was well educated in private boys' schools in New England; graduated from Amherst College and from Harvard with a MBA. He served in the US Navy during WWII. He was stationed in San Diego where he met and later married Kathleen Sullivan. Enjoying the California sunshine in San Diego and Rancho Santa Fe as opposed to the cold New England winters, he raised horses, grew lemons for Sunkist, invested and managed real estate in Southern California. Traveling was in his blood. In 1937 his mother took him and his older sister on a driving tour through Europe because she wanted her children to see the grand old cities before the rumblings of war became a reality. Howard's mother and his grandmother survived the Titanic sinking and in spite of that ominous event, Howard loved to travel by ship - anywhere and everywhere. In the late 70's Howard and Kay moved to Port Ludlow, Washington and in 1981 began arranging their travel plans through Travel Advisors in Seattle. This is where he met Victoria who became the Wellman's travel agent. After Kay's death in 1986, Howard and Vicki discovered they had more in common than travel and they were married in 1987 in their home on Bainbridge Island. Thus began a beautiful love story that only grew stronger with each passing day and year. They enjoyed 27 ½ years of magical love for each other. They traveled all over the world from the Arctic Circle to Antarctica, South and North America, all around Africa, experienced the Concorde, the Orient Express and the Royal Scotland trains, crossed the equator many times and circumnavigated the globe. The Mill Creek Rotary Club was a very important part in his life as well as his fraternity Chi Psi where he funded a scholarship in honor of his father. Howard believed in helping people learning how to help themselves through education. Woodland Park Zoo, Save the Tiger campaign and the Snow leopard Trust were of particular interest to him and played an important role in his philanthropic giving. He is survived by his love Victoria; his son, Thomas Sargent Wellman of West Newfield, Maine; his daughter, Lindsay Colitses of Edmonds, WA; his stepsons, Brandon Kyle Rudd of Seattle, WA and Brian Carter Rudd of Sun Valley, Idaho; his brother, Bradford S. Wellman and wife, Alice of Scarborough, Maine; his four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Best describing Howard are from the words of his many friends - gracious, distinguished, handsome, honest, generous, intelligent, fun - a true gentleman, an honor to know him. He passed away on March 7, 2014 in the home he dearly loved with Vicki by his side.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) on Mar. 19, 2014