Howard, Richard W.
Richard W. Howard of Roxbury, CT passed away on 12/30/13 after a ten year courageous battle with cancer. Rich was the president of CCA Engineering a civil, surveying, environmental company that's been in business over thirty years, designing most of the larger projects in the area. He loved Engineering and problem solving for his clients. Rich is survived by his cherished wife Pat of 38 years who was his best friend and love of his life. They were happy enjoying each other's company and raising their beautiful daughter Sara. They met when they were attending UCONN. Rich is also survived by his daughter Sara Howard of Roxbury, who grew up cherishing every moment that she could with Rich as she never knew how much time she had left with her Father. Rich always turned his father daughter bonding time into learning lessons, teaching his daughter as much as he could while he was here from docking a boat, investing, and learning that it's always important to be happy, positive, and content as you never know what could happen in the future. Over ten years ago Rich was diagnosed with cancer. For nine years only immediate family and doctors were aware of his condition, as he wanted no special attention or people to treat him differently. He wanted to be Rich, not Rich with cancer. His inner belief was that the body can heal itself with optimism and positive energy. When a recent treatment would make Rich loose his hair, he knew it was time to "come out of the closet" about his cancer. Rich was the definition of a private, brave, courageous fighter: going to numerous cancer centers, doctors, enrolling in the latest clinical trials, trying to beat cancer and at the same time running his company CCA Engineering, and being a caring husband, father, and friend. Unfortunately Rich was never in remission, his cancer was always there, and never gave him a break. But fearless Rich didn't let this bother him, he never complained, was never angry or upset that this had happened to him, he never let the disease rule him, but he still found the time to live life to the fullest the way he wanted to, he ran his company, mowed the lawn, plowed the driveway, designed and built additions on his house, would go offshore fishing in his boat, take his boat to his favorite places such as Block Island and Montauk, helped his daughter with whatever she needed, together they invented the ShipStik a boating device that is patent pending. He loved hiking with his Pit Bull Ebbie and just enjoyed and found content in every living moment that he had. Rich advocated combining Western, Eastern, and Integrative medicine to achieve optimal health. Rich was disciplined in integrative medicine, ate a rich organic diet, practiced yoga and Qi-Gong. He received superior, medical, nursing, and integrative services at the New Milford Diebold Oncology Center. Rich never acted like he was sick, no matter how much pain or how exhausted he was, he always gave unconditional love, time, positivity, and attention, with an open heart to all that knew him. Rich fought an amazing, courageous battle, always with a positive outlook on life no matter what medical struggle or bad news came his way. He treated setbacks as a small bump in the road that he would always get over and move forward with life. Rich was truly an angel on earth with his positive presence and energy, and will continue to shine light on us with the angels in heaven. Also survived by his mother Ann Andrulitis Howard, Brother Andrew Howard, and his wife Claudett , their children Drew and Grant Howard, brother Martin Howard and his wife Brenda. Brother-in-laws, Robert Kimble and his wife Nancy, Allen Kimble and his children, Tyler and Jeremy Kimble. A wake will be held at Lillis Funeral Home 58 Bridge St, New Milford, CT on Saturday January 4, 2014 from 2 to 5pm.Gifts can be made to Integrative Medicine Services Department c/o New Milford Hospital, 21 Elm Street, New Milford, CT 06776. Burial and a celebration of Rich's life will be planned for the spring.
Lillis Funeral Home
58 Bridge St New Milford, CT 06776
Published in News Times on Jan. 2, 2014