John O. Jack Howard, 86, a lifelong resident of Easton, died unexpectedly Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton. He was the husband of the late Doris M. (Wheelock) Howard. Born in Easton, Sept. 30, 1927, a son of the late John B. and Mildred B. (Morrison) Howard, he was raised in Easton and was a graduate of Oliver Ames High School. A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy as a seaman first class. Jack was the owner and proprietor of both Dean Oil Company of Easton and Dean Fuel Center on Rte.138 in Easton for many years. He was the former proprietor of Carl Oil Company and Carl Service Station of Mansfield. During his earlier years, Jack operated a chicken farm on Howard Street in Easton selling eggs to residents of the community and also maintained a vegetable garden. A nature enthusiast he would often be seen caring for his flowering trees and maintaining his property. Jack was an avid animal caregiver whom would often feed birds as well as bird watch. For many years he cared for several swans and ducks within the natural pond on his property where people would often visit to admire and feed them. He had horses when his children were younger and often took them horseback riding as well as skiing. He held his scuba diving license and was an avid boater who started with sail boats and later switched to outboard motor boats. He would spend summers at his vacation home in Maine and was an avid fisherman and hunter and enjoyed cooking, making lobster pie and fish chowder. He was an amateur photographer and photo developer, a life member of the Easton Rod and Gun Club, a member of the American Legion in Easton and a longtime Mason and member of the former Paul Dean Lodge of Easton. Jack is survived by a son, Dean T. Howard of Easton and his companion Noreen Provost O'Brien; a daughter, Kimberly Beretta and her husband Rick of Lincoln, R.I.; and he was also the father of the late Mark S. Howard; other survivors include his daughter-in-law, Linda Howard of Easton; his grandchildren, Shara Houlberg of Alaska, Veronica Beretta, Ricky Beretta and Emeliah Beretta all of Rhode Island; three great-grandchildren, Sienna Houlberg, Chloe Houlberg and Hannah Houlberg; and several nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Robert Howard and Constance Lynch. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend memorial visitation Saturday, March 1, 2014, from 1-5 p.m. in Kane Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 605 Washington Street (Rte. 138), Easton. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jack's memory may be sent to the Neponset Valley Humane Society, P.O. Box 544, Norwood, MA 02062. For directions or condolences, www.kanefuneralhome.com.
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Kane Funeral Home & Cremation Services
605 Washington St (Rte. 123) Easton, MA 02375
Published in The Enterprise on Feb. 27, 2014