Waldoboro, ME: Jack Howland, 72, formerly of Haverhill, passed away peacefully with his wife and son beside him on Sept. 12th at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport.
He was born in Dover, NH on Jan. 5, 1939, the son of the late John C. and Dorothea (Hurn) Howland. He grew up in Haverhill, and was a graduate of Haverhill High School, Class of 1956. After high school Jack entered the Navy, and served on the USS Plymouth Rock for three years. He worked in the meat business for all his working life, working for First National Stores and Hannaford. He entered his career as Meat Manager for the Waldoboro Hannaford.
Jack met his wife Carole in 1970 when they lived in Boston. After a year's courtship they were engaged and married on Cape Cod in 1973. In 1976 they tired of the city life and moved to Maine, a place with which they felt a connection.
In Maine, his community life was filled with many interests. He rose to be the Commander of the VFW post in Waldoboro, served as a pack committee chairman for the Boy Scouts, was on the board of the Friendship Street School, ran blood drives for the Red Cross as well as being an active participant in local theater productions. He was an avid gardener for many years, and took particular pride in his bountiful garden. After his retirement, Jack took up bird carving, and filled his kitchen with many different kinds of birds. He was also a life-long learner,
and was always looking for the next good book. His Mayflower heritage was something that he was immensely
proud of. He served as historian and archivist for the Pilgrim John Howland Society for many years. This role
allowed him to communicate with fellow descendants from across the country and around the world. Jack was also
captain of the Maine Mayflower Society. Annual trips to Plymouth were something that he always enjoyed. He took
particular pleasure in recreating the journey of his ancestor John Howland back to Plymouth in 2003 aboard the
shallop Elizabeth Tilley. In 2010 he was awarded the Lura Sellew Medal, the highest honor that the Pilgrim John
Howland Society bestows for service to the organization and the memory of the pilgrim John Howland.
Jack is survived by his wife and best friend, Carole; son, Teddy of Somerville, MA; brother, Edvill and wife Suzie of
Turned, ME; sister, Carolyn Comeau of Merrimack, MA; sister, Dorinda Judson and husband Bill of Plaistow, NH; and several nieces and nephews.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Pilgrim John Howland Society, 121 School St., Chelmsford, MA 01824.