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REES, Howell G. Howell "Howie" G. Rees, loving husband, devoted father, and cherished grandfather passed away on Thursday (September 16, 2010). Howie was born in Scranton, PA to Howell G. and Dorothy (Jones) Rees on March 3, 1934. Howie was a US Army veteran and played short stop with the US Army Baseball team as well as the University of Hartford Baseball team. Howie enjoyed watching the game equally as much as playing and was often heard saying that his favorite team was "the team with the lowest payroll." In addition to baseball, Howie was an avid golfer, playing for the University of Hartford/Hillyer College Golf Team. It was during his collegiate match days that he accomplished the perfect shot - a "Hole in One" which he proudly displayed. His passion for the sport continued into his later years and he spent countless days in the spring, summer, and fall on the course. He was an active member of the Rockledge CC Men's Club and participated in numerous tournaments. Howie, a member of the CPCU, spent his career working in the insurance industry. Whether formally teaching adult education classes, or informally providing his children and grandchildren with countless historical tales and economic lessons, Howie was both student and teacher. He was relentless in his search of knowledge and had true skill in distilling even the most complex concepts and ideas. Howie is survived by his true love and best friend of 50 years, his wife, Suzanne, his daughters and son-in-laws Gwyneth Rees and her husband Alan, Jennifer Wittstein and her husband Jeffrey, and Catherine Dionne and her husband Russell. Howie had seven grandchildren: Nicholas, Benjamin, Alexander, Jonathan, Sydney, Matthew and Samuel. Howie and his grandchildren had a very tight bond and they were his absolute pride and joy. Howie is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, William and Wallis French, his dearest niece Rebecca Donato, his former son-in-law Jimmy, and his long time college friends aka "the gang." Family and friends will miss him dearly. $7 XOXOXO. The family would like to extend their most heartfelt appreciation to the Sub-Acute nurses and nurse's aides at the St Mary Home. Calling hours will be held on Sunday (September 19, 2010) from 5 - 8 p.m. at the Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home, 136 South Main Street, West Hartford. A funeral will be held on Monday (September 20, 2010) at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with burial at Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford. In lieu of flowers, Howie asked that any donations be made to the Fidelco Foundation, 103 Old Iron Ore Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Sept. 18, 2010
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