CHESTERFIELD - Howard Paul Terry, 88, of 37 Don Emerson Road, Chesterfield, died Sunday, April 20, 2014, at home from a long battle against prostate cancer.
He was born May 24, 1925, the son of Howard Pierce Terry and Theresa (Reeber) Terry, formerly of 26 Van Corlear Place, Marble Hill, Manhattan, N.Y. His paternal grandparents were Septer and Luella (Pierce) Terry of Holtsville, Long Island, N.Y., and maternal grandparents George and Charlotte Eva BC (Kellner) Reeber of Manhattan, N.Y.
Howard graduated from Dewitt Clinton High School in New York City. He received a bachelor of science degree and a master's degree in engineering from Columbia University in New York City. He graduated from Fordham Law School receiving a bachelor of laws degree and then received an master of laws degree specializing in Patent, Copyright, and Trademark Law from New York University.
He was a Navy Ensign during World War II and served as a gunner officer on the U.S.S. Little Rock. He was a member of the U.S.S. Little Rock Association, Buffalo, N.Y., and held membership in the American Legion Post 85 in Northampton.
He was a member of the New York State Bar and admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
He lived with his first wife Anastasia Nancy (Fox) Terry in Plainview, Long Island, N.Y., where they raised their family. She died in 1980.
Mr. Terry was a vice president of Sperry Corporation, Great Neck, N.Y., as chief patent and trademark counsel and retired in 1987. He then began the Howard Paul Terry Intellectual property legal practice at Plainview, Long Island, N.Y.
He married his second wife Judith (Hartland) Terry of Chesterfield, in 1984 and took full time residency in Chesterfield in 1990 where he continued his patent and trademark legal office.
He was a member of the Lady of the Hills Parish, St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Haydenville.
Howard was a long time man of the outdoors since young childhood and shared that enthusiasm with all people. He was a boy scout and later would assist his son's boy scout troops. He spent many trips with his family and friends deep sea fishing in the Long Island Sound, Great South Bay and Atlantic Ocean. He enjoyed hunting in the Catskill Mountains of New York, and in most recent years also hunting big game in the Rocky Mountains in Montana.
He was a life member of the Ulster Heights Rod and Gun Club in New York, a member of the Chesterfield 4 Seasons Club, the Worthington Rod and Gun Club, and was responsible for the reactivation of the Hampshire County League of Sportsman's Club. For many years Howard served on the board of directors for the Hilltown Community Development Corporation in Chesterfield. He was a member of the Lake Damon Corporation and former board of director member, also in Chesterfield. He was co-owner of Balsam Acres Farm in Blandford, member of the Massachusetts Forest Alliance and Massachusetts Christmas Tree Association.
He leaves his wife of 29 years Judith (Hartland) Terry; son Howard P. Terry, Jr., his wife Bernadette and their children Howard, III, and Aimee of Slingerlands, N.Y.; daughter Nancy Ann Conner, her husband Richard Conner and their children Ryan and Kaitlyn of Baldwinsville, N.Y.; and son Paul W. Terry, his wife Elizabeth (Libby), and their children Michael, Marina and Luke of McLean, Va.
Mr. Terry was predeceased by his brother Robert Terry who died in 1933, and by his son Joseph Patrick Terry who died in 1997.
Howard's funeral will be Friday, at 9 a.m. from the Ahearn Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary's Church of Our Lady of the Hills Parish in Haydenville at 10 a.m. Burial will be at a later date in the family plot at the Cemetery of the Gate of Heaven in Mt. Pleasant, Westchester County, N.Y. Calling hours are Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m.
Memorial Contributions in his memory may be made to Our Lady of the Hills Parish, 173 Main St., P.O. Box 277, Haydenville, MA 01039, for its renovation fund.
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Ahearn Funeral Home
783 Bridge Road Northampton, MA 01060
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Apr. 23, 2014