Howard J. Therrien
1946 - 2021
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Howard J. Therrien, 74, of Westbrook, passed away on 02/17/2021 of natural causes at his residence in Westbrook, ME.

A celebration of life ceremony will be held on 03/05/2021 from 2PM - 5PM at Hobbs Funeral Home located at 671 US Route 1 Scarborough, ME. Please join us.

Howard was born in Bennington, Vermont to Howard Joseph Therrien and Pauline Marjorie (Smith) Therrien on 07/15/1946. He went to high school at Bennington Catholic High School and graduated in 1967. After graduation Howard worked at WT Grants in Vermont and where he met the love of his life, Donna Dooley. They married on July 18, 1969 and a few years later they decided to move to Maine and continue to raise and expand their family. Howard worked as a furniture salesman/manager throughout the years to support and spoil the family.

"Howie" was known for his sarcastic sense of humor and quips that he thought were extremely funny. He loved family time especially around the holidays and would spoil us all. He rooted for all New York sport teams but is known for his love of the New York Yankees and his favorite player Mickey Mantle. He would always wear a Yankees hat or t-shirt and would quickly defend them while living in Red Sox nation. Howard loved his pets especially his Jack Russell named "Buddy." Howard cherished his wife Donna and they were inseparable and showed what a marriage should be. They both were so proud to move to Indiana upon retirement and watch their grandson Mikey Parker play high school and college basketball. Howard was his biggest fan and kept a scrapbook of all his accolades. After the passing of his wife Donna in 2016 Howard found stability and an abundance of friends that he cherished at the Liza Harmon community in Westbrook.

Howard is preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Camilla (Cami) Therrien, and his beloved wife, Donna Therrien.

Howard is survived by his sister and brother in-law, Paula and Dana Chellis of Shaftsbury, Vermont, his three children, son John and his wife Amy Therrien and from Westbrook, ME, daughter Robin Therrien and grandson Mikey Parker from Fishers, Indiana, and son Michael and his wife Maryrose from Buxton, ME.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, 217 Landing Road, Westbrook, ME 04092 or online at The family wishes to extend gratitude to Hobbs Funeral Home and the Liza Harmon community of friends and staff. He will be missed but not forgotten. Go Yankees!

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Published in The Bennington Banner on Feb. 27, 2021.
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March 5, 2021
Howie, and Donna, were wonderful family friends for many decades. I can hear Howie and my Dad, John, laughing at each others jokes, bickering about the Yankees (Howie's favorite) vs Red Sox (my Dad's favorite). From Vermont to Maine their friendship endured. My Dad was honored to be Godfather to John. We have lost another kind loving soul but are comforted knowing Howie and Donna are reunited. Sending love and condolences.
Sandra Eustis-Brackett
March 3, 2021
Howard was the epitome of kindness to all he had contact with. His smile and caring soul will be missed. Don will miss the Candy Corn! We have Pippy, his cat, to carry on his love for his pets. We hope the family knows how appreciated he was and how many neighbors miss him.
Kat and Don Tarbet
March 2, 2021

We were so lucky when Howard and Donna moved across the street from us and John and our son Andy became such good friends.
The Therriens were a close family and Donnas mother who lived with them even gave our kids piano lessons .
Through these years we got to to know Donna and Howard and were saddened when Donna passed away not long ago. We are sending sympathy and prayers in the death of their father to John, Robin and Mike and their families.

Dave & Sue Wallace
February 26, 2021
I met Howard through his best friend, Nick, they truly loved & supported one another. Howard was a friend to everybody such a mild mannered man & gracious. I am so fortunate to have known this man, he will be in my heart forever. It was not a coincidence that i met him, there is always a reason why people meet. Howard was such a sweet & caring man. God rest his soul. Extending my sincere sympathy to his family & friends. Jan Axelsen
janice axelsen
February 26, 2021
You will be sadly missed, loved talking to you when I saw you across the street while you came to visit Willow, you were such sweet individual
Roberta Jordan
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