William P. Howley, M.D.
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Town of Newburgh - William Payne Howley, M.D., a longtime resident of Balmville in the Town of Newburgh, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at the Joe Raso Hospice Residence in New City, NY at the age of 87. Known by his relatives and dear friends as Bill, William was born in New York City, N.Y., September 10, 1926, son of the late Clarence Payne Howley, M.D., and Ethel Regan Howley. Bill was an exceptional student with a keen interest in baseball. He was an ardent fan of the New York Giants before and after their move to San Francisco. Following his graduation from Regis High School in 1942, at the age of 15 Bill continued his Jesuit education at Fordham University majoring in pre-medical studies. He postponed his education at Fordham University to serve in the United States Navy during World War II. Following this initial war service Bill attended and graduated from New York University Medical School. As a young surgeon, he performed his residency requirements at Saint Vincent's and Bellevue Hospitals in New York City. Bill married Catherine Mary Woodland on December 27, 1950. Shortly after his marriage Dr. Howley served his nation again as a Captain in the United States Army Medical Corps as an orthopedic surgeon during the Korean War. Locally, Dr. Howley faithfully served countless patients in private practice and as an esteemed surgical staff member at both Saint Luke's and Cornwall Hospitals for over 50 years. During that time he was appointed both Chief of Surgery and Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at each of these area hospitals. Dr. Howley was also a past president of the Medical Staff at St. Luke's Hospital and former Medical Director of the Cornwall Hospital's Physical Therapy Department. For over 20 years, he was Vice Chairman of the Orange County Board of Health and a charter member and Medical Officer of the Catholic War Veterans Post 386.
Bill was an enthusiastic golfer and frequently seen with his numerous life-long friends on the greens of the Powelton Club near his Balmville home. He was a loving husband, devoted father and uncle to the many members of his family.
William is survived by his sister Sr. Ethel Howley, SSND of Wilton, CT.; daughter Marion H. Reilly and her husband Kevin of Sleepy Hollow, NY, their children Katie and Kevin and great granddaughter Quinn; William P. Howley, Jr. of Beacon, NY and his children Wilson and Joseph; grandson Calum Benjamin of Brooklyn, NY; John "Jack" W. Howley, M.D. of Flagstaff, AZ. and his children Ryan and Tyler; Fr. Vincent deP. Howley of Carmel, NY; Thomas R. Howley of Cornwall, NY and his son Lance; Francis X. Howley and his wife Maureen of Hopewell Junction, NY and their two children Catherine and William. Bill is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces, great-grandnephews and countless friends and medical colleagues. Bill was preceded in death by his dear wife Catherine. They enjoyed over 61 years of marriage. Bill was also preceded in death by his daughter Catherine Benjamin and her son Henry; his sister Helen Deierlein; daughter in-law Barbara S. Howley late wife of his eldest son William P. Howley, Jr.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 pm Friday, August 1 at Brooks Funeral Home, 481 Gidney Ave., Newburgh. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11am Saturday, August 2 at St. Patrick's Church, Newburgh. Burial with military honors will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newburgh. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St. Patrick's Church, 55 Grand Street, Newburgh, NY 12550. Arrangements under the care of Brooks Funeral Home. To send a personal condolence, please visit www.Brooksfh.com or call 845-561-8300.
Brooks-DiDonato Funeral Service, Inc
481 Gidney Avenue Newburgh, NY 12550
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from July 31 to Aug. 1, 2014