Richard Howarth Sr.

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Richard Howarth, Sr.
New Hartford
Richard H. Howarth, Sr., 80, of Preswick Glen, died early Sunday morning, October 28, 2012, at St. Luke's Hospital, where he had been a patient for the past five days. Born in Chester, PA, on January 9, 1932, he was the son of Robert and Dorothy Wells Howarth, III. Mr. Howarth was a resident of the area for the past five years, moving from Reston, Virginia. He was educated in Nether Providence High School in Pennsylvania, attended Colgate University for one year and was a graduate of Yale University, Class of 1954. He received his Masters Degree from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), The Johns Hopkins University in 1959. He also received his diploma from the National War College in June 1978. On December 19, 1959, he married Patricia Ann Fearon, the love of his life. Mrs. Howarth died December 22, 1984. Prior to his retirement, he spent his career as a foreign service officer for the United States Department of State, where he focused on the Pacific Rim. His posts were in Belguim, Burma, Hong Kong and Singapore. While in the United States, he worked at the China desk. He was a veteran of the Korean War, where he served in the United States Army as a special agent for the Counter Intelligence Corps of the US Army. Mr. Howarth was a member of the St. James Episcopal Church, where he was a lay Eucharistic Minister, a member of the Rotary Club of Singapore, instructor for Adult ESL classes (English as a 2nd Language) in Virginia and a cub scout leader in Hong Kong. Richard spoke fluent Mandarian, Burmese and French. He loved to travel all over the world. Once retired, he continued to travel with groups, Elder Hostel and friends. He loved world history, world affairs and collecting foreign artifacts. In particular, he focused in Asian art. Mr. Howarth was well read and was a voracious reader with a love of knowledge. He enjoyed Jeopardy, crossword puzzles, reading the New York Times daily, classical music and jazz. He also showed his love for his family by creating gourmet Sunday dinners. Richard was known as "Papasan" to family and close friends. It was a name he earned due to his fondness for the far east. He was loved and cherished by his family. Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Sarah and Thomas Marshall, Jr., of Munnsville, and Amelia and Clark Baker, of Annandale, Virginia; one daughter-in-law, Cyndy Howarth, of Meridian, Mississippi; five grandchildren, Juliet and her husband, John McDonald, Cynthia Howarth, and Ashley, Natalie and Emily Marshall; one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert H. and Ada May Fearon, Jr.; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Richard H. Howarth, Jr., on January 16, 2012, and a brother, Robert Howarth, IV, in 1979. Funeral services will be held 11:30 AM, Saturday, from the St. James Episcopal Church, Clinton, with the Reverend Tim Reger officiating. Contributions, in his memory, may be made to St. James Episcopal Church, 9 Williams Street, Clinton, NY 13323, the Washington National (Cathedral) Earthquake Repairs, Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues, NW, Washington, DC 20016-5098 or the , 100 Lomond Court, Utica, NY 13502. Arrangements are under the direction of the Campbell-Dean Funeral Home, Inc., 260 Main Street, Oneida.
Richard Howarth
Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Oct. 31, 2012
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