HOWE, ARTHUR J. (LT. BPD, RETIRED) Entered into rest on April 24th, at his home in Branford. Arthur is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Alice Niatopsky Howe. Also survived by his 4 children, A. Michael Howe, Stephen J. Howe, Patricia Howe Rooney (Daniel) and Diane Howe Sullivan (Gary) and 2 stepdaughters, Janice Skalandunas and Lisa Mauzy. Art will also be missed by 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He was born in Branford November 6, 1927 to Helen and Frederick Howe. He attended Branford schools and joined the U.S. Navy at 17 years old. He was stationed in the Atlantic Fleet as a helmsman aboard a destroyer at the end of WWII. After completing his Navy tour he attended Paul Smiths College, "The College of the Adirondacks", where he majored in forestry. He was also a formidable heavyweight wrestler, winning many matches. Upon returning to Branford he started the Shoreline Tree Service and remained in the tree business for over 50 years. He joined the Branford Police Department in 1954 and worked his way thru the ranks, serving in the Detective Division and retiring as Lieutenant in 1986. He served as Youth Officer and during his tenure he and Officer Al Washington worked together to create a wrestling, boxing and judo program for Branford youth. In his later years on the police force he enjoyed patrolling the Thimble Islands and Branford shoreline on the police boat. After retirement from the police force he worked for the Regional Water Authority implementing and creating trails for their recreation program. Always a lover of nature he created trails on his own property in Branford and instilled a deep love and respect for the outdoors into his children. He was a member of the Branford Elks and served as Exalted Ruler in 1974. He also organized the annual Flag Day ceremony at the Elks. As a member of the Knights of Columbus he served on the first degree team. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars - Branford and the American Legion Post 83. He served the Town of Branford on the Conservation Commission for 20 years and made inspections for coastal dock permits. He also served on the Town Green Committee. He was a 2nd generation Stony Creek Fife and Drum member, passing the legacy to his son and now, grandson. He was a member of the Saranac Lake, NY Bobsled Club. He loved fishing, clamming, crabbing, birding and canoeing. Art went back to the Adirondacks every year for over 60 years to fish. He was affectionately known as the "Clam Man" to his friends in the Saranac Lake area for he would always bring clams when he visited. He was an avid NY Yankees, NY Giants and UCONN basketball fan. Friends may call Thursday evening from 4 - 8 PM at the W. S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, 244 North Main St., Branford, and are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial Friday morning at 10:00 in St. Mary Church, Branford. Burial will follow in Center Cemetery, Branford. Memorial contributions may be made to Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405 or the Stony Creek Fife and Drum Corp., P.O. Box 1886, Stony Creek, CT 06405. For online memorial see www.wsclancy.com
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Published in The New Haven Register on Apr. 25, 2012