HOWARD, Rev. Thomas Parker 90, of Lexington, MA, formerly of Arlington, North Grafton, Franklin, Merrimac, and Milton, MA, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loving family on January 8, 2017. Tom is survived by his life-partner Marion Harris, daughter Robbin C. Howard of Eugene, OR, daughter Mary T. Howard and her husband Stephen E. Mooney of Brookline, MA, son Stephen P. Howard and his wife Elizabeth A. Kendall of Deale, MD, son Mark S. Howard and his partner Cristina M. Todesco of Dorchester, MA, brother Robert E. Howard and his wife Josephine of Manchester, MA, his 5 grandchildren, Elisha, Emily, Caroline Kazimiera, Benjamin, and Nicole, his former spouses Dolores Altavilla, and Clare S. Ames, mother of their children.
Tom was a graduate of Harvard University, Class of 1948, and Andover Newton Theological School where he received his MDiv in 1957.
Tom began his professional life as a Mechanical Engineer at Pneumatic Scale Corporation, Quincy, MA, where he designed a precision weighing machine that is still in use today.
Tom found his true calling as a Congregational minister. He served as minister of the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Merrimac, MA and the Franklin Federated Church in Franklin, MA. Later, he served as Interim Minister of several Massachusetts Congregational churches including Uxbridge, Charlton, and Ware.
Tom spent his summers at the family cottage in Christmas Cove, Maine, where he enjoyed time with his family and sailed the coastal waters. He was an excellent musician. He played the French horn throughout his life, notably in the Harvard University Band, where he took great pride in being the student conductor. Later in life he performed in the Metro-West Orchestra and shared the gift of music around the world with Sharing a New Song Choir.
A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 2:00PM, at Park Avenue Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 50 Paul Revere Rd., Arlington, MA 02476. A reception will be held at the church following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Andover Newton Theological School, 210 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459.
The interment will be private. Douglass/DN Customer LogoLexington 781-862-1800www.douglassfh.com
Published by Boston Globe from Jan. 14 to Jan. 15, 2017.