NASHUA - Howard Gardner Maxcy, 82, of the Langdon Place of Nashua, formerly of Brookline and West Melbourne, Fla., passed away peacefully and gently on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.
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He was born in Plainville, Mass., on June 15, 1931, the son of Ernest and Ruth (Gardner) Maxcy. Mr. Maxcy was raised in Foxboro, Mass., and attended local schools, including Norfolk County Agricultural High School, Foxboro High and the University of Massachusetts. As a youth, he was involved in track and field and 4-H.
He proudly served with distinction in the U.S. Army for 20 years during the Korean and Vietnam wars. It was in Korea that he met and married the love of his life, Hong Kyong-eh "Kil-soon/Sue," his wife of 36 years. They traveled the world together and settled in Brookline in 1970, where they raised their family.
Howie was an expert philatelist and successfully ran his business, Stamps of the Far East. He worked for the State of New Hampshire as a liquor investigator.
Howie was a legend. He found his calling when he, Sue and their children owned and operated Abbott's Market in Merrimack. They sold the best kimchi, home-cured corned beef and had the coldest beer in town.
Howie had many loves, including gardening, traveling, researching Scottish genealogy, photography, deep discussions of politics, current events and world history and stamp collecting. He most of all loved his family.
Howie's family would like to extend their most heartfelt gratitude to Carmen and the volunteers of SolAmor Hospice and the entire staff at Langdon Place of Nashua for their loving kindness and care for Howie.
Howie was predeceased by his wife, Sue, in 1991, and a sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Donald Magnason.
Members of his family include a son, George Maxcy of Nashua; a daughter and son-in-law, Helen and Peter Ballou of Brookline; and a brother and sister-in-law, Dick and Sue Maxcy of Mansfield, Mass.; a sister and brother-in-law, Peggy and Dan Sullivan of Brewster, Mass.; and numerous nieces and nephews and their families in the U.S. and Korea.
services: Calling hours will be in the Rivet Funeral Home, 425 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack, from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday. A graveside service will be held in Plainville Cemetery, Plainville, Mass., on Friday at 10:30 a.m.
Family requests memorial contributions to be made to the Wounded Warriors Project or to a veterans organization of one's choice.
For more information or to view an online memorial, go to rivetfuneralhome.com.
Published in Union Leader on Sept. 18, 2013