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William L. Howard

1935 - 2014 NORTH ADAMS William L. Howard, 78, of 154 Walker St., passed away early Sunday morning, Feb. 23, 2014, at Berkshire Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family, after a 13 year battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was born in Lynn, Mass., May 24, 1935, son of the late Clyde and Helen (Trainor) Howard.He moved to Williamstown at age 7, where he was raised by his foster parents, Louis and Vivian (Larabee) McLain. He attended Williamstown Schools, and graduated from the former Williamstown High School in 1953. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving with the Air Force, from 1954 until his honorable discharge in 1957. Bill first worked for the former A & P Supermarket, in North Adams, until 1982. He then worked for Adams Laundry and Dry Cleaning Co., in Adams, until retiring in 2000. He was a communicant of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, North Adams, and of the former Notre Dame du Sacre Coeur Church. He was a member of Dr. George L. Curran Post 996 Veterans of Foreign Wars, North Adams. He was the ultimate family man who enjoyed every moment spent with his wife, his two boys, and his grandchildren. He was a lifelong New York Yankees and Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams fan. He is survived by his wife, of 54 years, the former Denise A. Beauchemin, whom he married on Sept. 12, 1959, in Notre Dame du Sacre Coeur Church; 2 sons, Keith Howard of Adams, and Brian Howard and his wife, Barbara, of Manlius, N.Y.; his grandchildren, Kevin, Stefanie and Alexandra Howard; a sister-in-law, June McLain, of Williamstown, and several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He was predeceased by his foster brothers, Stewart and Ralph McLain. Bill's family would like to thank the staff members at Berkshire Medical Center and at Williamstown Commons for the excellent care they provided to Bill in his final days. FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral will be held Thursday, Feb. 27, at 9:45 a.m., from the PACIOREK FUNERAL HOME, 13 Hoosac St. Adams, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Elizabeth's Church, North Adams. Burial will follow in Southview Cemetery, North Adams. Calling hours are Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to HospiceCare in the Berkshires, 877 South St. Pittsfield, MA 01201. To leave a message of condolence, please go online to www.paciorekfuneral.com
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Feb. 25, 2014
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