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Richard H. Howarth Sr.

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Richard H. Howarth Sr. Obituary
NEW HARTFORD - Richard H. Howarth Sr., 80, of Preswick Glen died early Sunday morning, Oct. 28, 2012 at St. Luke's Hospital where he had been a patient for the past five days.
Born in Chester, Pa. on Jan. 9, 1932, he was a son of Robert and Dorothy Wells Howarth III. Mr. Howarth was a resident of the area for the past five years, moving from Reston, Va. He was educated in Nether Providence High School in Pennsylvania, attended Colgate University for one year and was a graduate of Yale University, Class of 1954. He received his masters degree from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), The Johns Hopkins University in 1959. He also received his diploma from the National War College in June 1978. On Dec. 19, 1959, he married Patricia Ann Fearon, the love of his life. Mrs. Howarth died Dec. 22, 1984.
Prior to his retirement, he spent his career as a foreign service officer for the United States Department of State, where he focused on the Pacific Rim. His posts were in Belgium, Burma, Hong Kong and Singapore. While in the United States he worked at the China desk. He was a veteran of the Korean War where he served in the United States Army as a special agent for the Counter Intelligence Corps of the US Army.
Mr. Howarth was a member of the St. James Episcopal Church, where he was a lay Eucharistic Minister, a member of the Rotary Club of Singapore, instructor for adult ESL classes (English as a second language) in Virginia and a cub scout leader in Hong Kong. Richard spoke fluent Mandarin, Burmese and French.
He loved to travel all over the world. Once retired he continued to travel with groups, Elder Hostel and friends. He loved world history, world affairs and collecting foreign artifacts. In particular he focused in Asian art. Mr. Howarth was well read and was a voracious reader with a love of knowledge. He enjoyed Jeopardy, crossword puzzles, reading the New York Times daily, classical music and jazz. He also showed his love for his family by creating gourmet Sunday dinners.
Richard was known as "Papasan" to family and close friends. It was a name he earned due to his fondness for the far east. He was loved and cherished by his family.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Sarah and Thomas Marshall, Jr. of Munnsville and Amelia and Clark Baker of Annandale, Va.; one daughter-in-law, Cyndy Howarth of Meridian, Miss.; five grandchildren, Juliet and her husband, John McDonald, Cynthia Howarth, Ashley, Natalie and Emily Marshall; one brother in-law and sister-in-law, Robert H. and Ada May Fearon, Jr.; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Richard H. Howarth, Jr. on January 16, 2012 and a brother, Robert Howarth IV in 1979.
Funeral services will be held 11:30 a.m., Saturday from the St. James Episcopal Church, Clinton, with the Rev. Tim Reger, officiating. Contributions, in his memory, may be made to St. James Episcopal Church, 9 Williams St., Clinton, N.Y. 13323, the Washington National (Cathedral) Earthquake Repairs, Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues, NW, Washington, DC 20016-5098 or the , 100 Lomond Court, Utica, N.Y. 13503. Arrangements are under the direction of the Campbell Dean Funeral Home, Inc., 260 Main St., Oneida.

Published in The Oneida Daily Dispatch on Oct. 31, 2012
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