ANDOVER - Charles R. Howland of Bines Hill Road, Andover, passed from this life on Sunday (March 30, 2014). He was born on Dec. 27, 1937, to Clifford and Anna (Lynch) Howland. On Aug. 27, 1960, he married Sandra Joyce, who predeceased him on March 28, 2006.
Charlie was a graduate of Andover Central School and Alfred Ag Tech. He began his career at Clark Brothers, Inc. in Olean. He traveled the world for Clark Brothers, including a lengthy project in Saudi Arabia, where he helped ARAMCO develop the world's largest oil reserves. He later joined his brothers-in-law James, Charles, and Donald, at Joyce Western Corp. During this time he became one of the country's leading experts on the hydrostatic testing of pipelines and initiated many technical procedures still used in the industry today. He then became Vice President of Joyce Corp. In 1990, he joined Otis Eastern Services Inc., where he was an integral part of the company's growth and success, serving as General Superintendent and Chief Estimator.
He is survived by his two daughters, Lisa (Mark) McCraith of Hannibal, and Linda (Tim) Lehman of Marietta, Ga.; five grandchildren, Charles, Samuel and Katherine McCraith, Hayden and Raegan Lehman; two brothers, Patrick (Alice) Howland, Keith (Ann) Howland; two sisters, Charity (Paul) McCormick and Mary Theresa Howland; two sisters-in-law, Mary Anne Davis and Lorraine Joyce; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and life-long friends.
He was predeceased by Brothers- and Sisters-In-Law, James V. and Helma Joyce, W. Donald and Marianne Joyce, Joanne C. (Joyce) and Merle Dibble, Charles H. Joyce, Everett (Abe) Davis and nephew, Michael J. Howland.
Charlie was a great high school athlete. He was a member of the first and only Section V Andover Boy's Basketball Championship Team and the battery mate of future minor league pitcher Marty Smith on their championship baseball team. A lifelong Notre Dame Football and Cleveland Indians fan, he also followed the exploits of local teams and those of his nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
Charlie loved spending time with his family and his grandchildren are his pride and joy.
Visiting hours will be at the former home of James V. Joyce, 839 State Route 417 in Andover from, 6-8 p.m. Thursday and 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church in Andover on Saturday at 10 a.m. with Rev. Thomas Roman as celebrant. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Andover Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 726, Andover N.Y, or the Andover Lions Club, PO Box 772, Andover, NY 14806.
Arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover. Online condolences may be offered at www.baker-swan.com.