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Joseph Waide Howley

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Greenwich - J. Waide Howley, 78, of Greenwich and Fenwick, passed away peacefully Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, with his loving family at his side.

Waide was born in Greenwich on Jan. 29, 1934. He attended Greenwich High School and Loyola College, Md. In 1999, Waide was inducted into the Loyola Athletic Hall of Fame. He earned his JD at Fordham Law. Waide began teaching and coaching at St. Mary High School in Greenwich while studying for the bar. His time at St. Mary changed the course of his life, as teaching and coaching became his vocation.

For over 35 years, he touched the lives of students in his classes and on the basketball and tennis courts. His true passion was witnessed as he paced the sideline, argued a call, or made a coaching point. Waide was a man of uncommon kindness and a gracious, generous sprit, living up to the best ideals of his faith. The biggest beneficiaries of this spirit were his children and his grandchildren who lovingly referred to him as "Poppies" or simply "Pops". His spirit will live on in his children and grandchildren who will forever remember how his blue eyes lit up when they simply walked into a room.

He is survived by his children and their spouses, Maureen and Peter Brigham of New London, Hope and Ed McManus of Simsbury, Beth Bye and Tracey Wilson of West Hartford, Meg and Michael Gallagher of Simsbury, Amy and Scott Reifert of Chicago, Jacqueline and Jim Sanderson of Avon, and Tim and Amanda Howley of Waterford. He will live on in the hearts of his grandchildren, Dylan (Sarah) Howley, Hannah, Hope, Casey and Jack Brigham, Madeline, Patrick and Sawyer McManus, Brittany and Caroline Bye, Peter Wilson and Adam Brown, Waide, Wyatt and Brendan Gallagher, Marley, Taylor and Shay Reifert, Nicholas and Molly Sanderson. He is also survived by Dric and Phyllis Grimes of Fairfield and their children, Carrie, Kim and Dric.

He was predeceased by his wife of 46 years, the love of his life, Mary Louise Howley.

The family would like to thank their sister Meg who was her father's greatest advocate and partner in his final journey along with the staff of McLean and hospice care for their kindness in his final days.

Calling hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, at the Molloy Funeral Home, 906 Farmington Ave., West Hartford. Friends are invited to join Waide's family at the celebration of his Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17, in St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church, 285 Church St., Hartford.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to UCONN Health Center Foundation, 10 Talcott Notch Suite 200, Farmington 06032.

Online remembrances may be made at www.molloyfuneralhome.com

Waide was born in Greenwich on Jan. 29, 1934. He attended Greenwich High School and Loyola College, Md. In 1999, Waide was inducted into the Loyola Athletic Hall of Fame. He earned his JD at Fordham Law. Waide began teaching and coaching at St. Mary High School in Greenwich while studying for the bar. His time at St. Mary changed the course of his life, as teaching and coaching became his vocation.

For over 35 years, he touched the lives of students in his classes and on the basketball and tennis courts. His true passion was witnessed as he paced the sideline, argued a call, or made a coaching point. Waide was a man of uncommon kindness and a gracious, generous sprit, living up to the best ideals of his faith. The biggest beneficiaries of this spirit were his children and his grandchildren who lovingly referred to him as "Poppies" or simply "Pops". His spirit will live on in his children and grandchildren who will forever remember how his blue eyes lit up when they simply walked into a room.

He is survived by his children and their spouses, Maureen and Peter Brigham of New London, Hope and Ed McManus of Simsbury, Beth Bye and Tracey Wilson of West Hartford, Meg and Michael Gallagher of Simsbury, Amy and Scott Reifert of Chicago, Jacqueline and Jim Sanderson of Avon, and Tim and Amanda Howley of Waterford. He will live on in the hearts of his grandchildren, Dylan (Sarah) Howley, Hannah, Hope, Casey and Jack Brigham, Madeline, Patrick and Sawyer McManus, Brittany and Caroline Bye, Peter Wilson and Adam Brown, Waide, Wyatt and Brendan Gallagher, Marley, Taylor and Shay Reifert, Nicholas and Molly Sanderson. He is also survived by Dric and Phyllis Grimes of Fairfield and their children, Carrie, Kim and Dric.

He was predeceased by his wife of 46 years, the love of his life, Mary Louise Howley.

The family would like to thank their sister Meg who was her father's greatest advocate and partner in his final journey along with the staff of McLean and hospice care for their kindness in his final days.

Calling hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, at the Molloy Funeral Home, 906 Farmington Ave., West Hartford. Friends are invited to join Waide's family at the celebration of his Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17, in St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church, 285 Church St., Hartford.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to UCONN Health Center Foundation, 10 Talcott Notch Suite 200, Farmington 06032.

Online remembrances may be made at www.molloyfuneralhome.com
Published in The Day on Sept. 15, 2012
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