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ROCHESTER - Richard "Dickie" Howard, 52, passed away October 3, 2013 due to a short illness.
During his final days, he was surrounded by the love of his family and friends.
Richard was born in Rochester, October 28th, 1960. He is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Clare, and two devoted daughters, Amanda and Katie. As well as his beloved dogs, Buck and Boots. He will be deeply missed by his parents; Russell and Bette Howard, four sisters; Joyce Naujoks, Florence Howard, Barbie Meserve and Lorraine Howard, as well as his brother Russell Howard. He is also remembered by his nephews and nieces; Michael, Chris, Shane, Brent, Jill and Sophie.
At the age of 12, Richard was employed at Riverside Rest home, and worked his way up to head chef. At age 25 he started his own company, Tri City Lawn Care Inc., which he devoted the next 27 years of his life to. During his time away from work he enjoyed time spent relaxing with his family and pets. He is fondly remembered as a drummer and an avid concert goer. He loved camping, bonfires, and spending time on his boat. His biggest passion in life was helping animals. Whether it be giving medicine to sick foxes around his property or giving water to a dog chained to a fence. He was loved and admired by everyone who met him.
His wake will be held at Edgerly & Son Funeral Home on Wednesday October 9th, 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. His funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 10th at 11 a.m. at First Church Congregational of Rochester.
Donations can be made in his name to the Cocheco Valley Humane Society and the Elaine Connors Center for Wildlife (P.O. 97, Madison NH, 03849).
Online condolences may be made at www.edgerlyfh.com in the obituary section.
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R. M. Edgerly & Son, Inc. Funeral Services
86 South Main Street
Rochester, NH 03867
Published in Fosters from Oct. 7 to Oct. 10, 2013