Howard F. Casler, a longtime resident of Quincy, died Nov. 19, 2010. He was a 1945 graduate of South Boston High School, and a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy, where he served in Hawaii, Japan, and Alaska. He earned a bachelors degree in Public Relations and Communications from Boston University in 1952. He began his career in sales, but eventually became a substance abuse counselor, working with a number of local agencies, including South Shore Mental Health, NORCAP, and ADCARE Hospital in Worcester. From 1952 to 1964, he worked as a volunteer for the American Red Cross, Boston Chapter, eventually becoming Disaster Chairman. He was an outstanding bowler, playing on several teams in the Quincy area, loved harness racing at Foxboro, and was an avid fan of the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins. He was also a musician, serving as a drummer in the Roma Band for over 20 years. He is preceded in death by his parents, Elsie and Otis Casler of South Boston, his wife, Gloria (Coletti), and his daughter, Pamela Curley. He is survived by his son, Stephen of Meadville, Pa.; his granddaughters, Nicole Leventry and Megan Curley; and his great-grandchildren, Ryan and Madison Leventry. A graveside service with military honors was held Monday, May 20, at 11 a.m. in St. Josephs Cemetery, 990 La Grange St., West Roxbury. Relatives and friends invited to attend. Hamel Funeral Care and Cremation Services of Massachusetts, 26 Adams St., Quincy Center, assisted the family.
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Published in The Weymouth News from May 15 to May 22, 2013