Eugene A. Howard, 90, Clayton

CLAYTON, NY — Eugene A. Howard, 90, Clayton, passed away Friday, July, 12, 2019, at Riverledge Health Care and Rehab, Ogdensburg, where he had resided for three years.

Calling hours will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton.

There is no funeral service.

Burial in North Watertown Cemetery with military honors will be at the convenience of his family.

Born Jan. 17, 1929, in Gloucester, MA, a son of the late William J. and Mabel E. Smith Howard, he was a 1947 graduate of Gloucester High School.

He entered the US Army on Jan. 19, 1951, served with the Infantry Troup 278, and was honorably discharged on Jan. 18, 1953.

On May 17, 1953, he married Johanne C. Gray at Christ Episcopal Church, Clayton with Rev. Charles Bentley officiating. Mrs. Howard died May 25, 2007.

Before moving to Clayton in 1954, Gene worked for New England Electric Co. He then worked for Gray’s Wholesale, Clayton as a salesman for 60 years, retiring in 2014. He was a member of American Legion Colon-Couch Post 821 and was a former member of Christ Episcopal Church.

He was a member of the NNY Corvette Club, owning a 1995 Corvette.

Gene enjoyed NASCAR, dancing, and sports, especially the Patriots, Celtics, Bruins, and Red Sox.

Surviving are two daughters and their husbands, Lugene A. and Robert G. Service, Alexandria Bay and Lohanne T. and Jeffrey E. Messenger, Clayton; three grandchildren, Tricia E. and Paul Beers and  Allyson E. Youngs, all of Alexandria Bay and Hayley J. and Michael Ascough, Clayton; six great-grandchildren, Brayden Youngs, Tarryn Pitts, Kamryn and Kaden Beers, and M. J. and Madeleine Ascough; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Along with his wife, Johanne, he was predeceased by four brothers, Donald, John, William, and Russell Howard, and a sister, Dorothy Scott.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to either the Golden Retriever Rescue of CNY, PO Box 735, Jamesville, NY 13078 or Alzheimer’s Assoc. CNY Chapter, 441 W. Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, NY 13204.

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