Hubert P. Newhouse, fondly known as “Sonny” to his family and friends, a long-time resident of Tewksbury and formerly of Wilmington, passed away on March 2, 2014, at the Winchester Hospital. He was 90 years old.
Sonny was born on November 1, 1923, in Somerville, MA; he was the dear son of the late Percy and Marie (Latour) Newhouse. Sonny was part of a large family, one of 11 siblings; he was raised and educated in Reading before moving to Wilmington as a young man.
Sonny was known to his family and friends as a Proud American who didn’t hesitate when he enlisted in the United States Army during World War II on May 27, 1940. Sonny was part of Company I, 182nd Infantry who fought all over the Asiatic/Pacific Theatre and at Guadalcanal where he was involved in much combat. He was a highly decorated Veteran whose commendations included the American Defense Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, Good Conduct Medal, Honorable Service Lapel Pin, Marksmanship medals in Bayonet, Grenades, and Rifles, the National Defense Medal, the Overseas Service Bar, the Professional Infantry Corps, and the Bronze Star Medal. After several years of dedicated service to his country, Sonny literally was ordered to leave the battlefield to return home. He was honorably discharged on June 18, 1945 and returned home to his family, his work and his future.
Upon his return from the Army, Hubert married his “sweetheart” Helen Wooldridge in 1945. The couple shared 58 years together and raised a beautiful family before Helen’s passing in 2003. Sonny and Helen made their home in Wilmington for nearly 20 years before moving to Tewksbury in 1965. Family and friends were always first and foremost to Sonny; he was a dedicated husband, devoted father, and a loving grandfather. Though “tough as nails” on the outside, his friends knew him as a generous and compassionate man on the inside. Even during the most difficult of times, Sonny and Helen regularly welcomed friends and others in need into their home for a warm bed and a hot meal, often during the holiday season. He especially enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren celebrating birthdays, cooking holiday meals, and hosting family get-togethers in the warmth of his home.
For many years Sonny was self-employed as a bricklayer and worked very hard for his family. Skilled as he was, Sonny’s reputation among his fellow tradesmen was based on his unmatched work ethic, his honesty, and his ability to treat his customers fairly. In his spare time, Sonny enjoyed fishing, gardening, splitting wood, sports and hosting his family and friends. Sonny was known to have a soft spot for animals, especially his dogs, who would follow him everywhere.
Sonny will be fondly remembered for his devotion to his family and friends, and his dependable and kind generosity to others. Sonny was an “Avid” American and a proud Veteran who will be dearly missed by all.
Sonny was the beloved husband of the late Helen (Wooldridge) Newhouse, devoted father of James Newhouse & his wife Nancy of Wilmington, Karen Nesbitt & her husband Ralph of North Reading, Vicki Newhouse and Debra Newhouse both of Tewksbury, Donna Newhouse of Andover, loving grandfather of James Newhouse, Michael Newhouse and Lynn Newhouse, “Great Grampy” to Ryanne, Caroline, Michael, Matthew and Thomas, cherished son of the late Percy and Marie (Latour) Newhouse, dear brother of Ralph Newhouse, Warren Newhouse, David Newhouse, Frank Newhouse, Elaine Ahern, June Gibelli, Pearl Bothwick , James LeFave, the late Bob Newhouse and John LeFave. Sonny is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, March 6th at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 5th from 4-8 p.m. Memorial donations in Sonny’s name may be made to the E.N. Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Attn: Patient Activities Account, 200 Springs Road, Bedford, MA 01730.