Howland, Roger

September 30th, 2009

howlandrogerRoger A. Howland, age 75, of Wilmington, died peacefully, Wednesday, September 30, 2009, at home with his family at his side, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Littleton, NH, on May 6, 1934, Roger was the dear son of the late Don H. & Mertie E. (Lakeway) Howland. Roger grew up in Littleton and was educated there, he attended University of New Hampshire and was a member of ROTC.

Roger joined the U. S. Army on January 3, 1957 and served his country for the next two years. While in the Army he drove trucks loaded with troops, slept in tents in the Okefenokee Swamp, learned how to handle many firearms, received the Best Soldier of the month in Company C at Ft. Benning, and Security Officer of the year awards, and appeared on the cover of Infantry Magazine. Roger was honorably discharged on December 16, 1958.

Following his military service, Roger led an interesting life, he worked in a general store, at a golf course, was a door to door milk man for 9 years, a security guard in a hospital as well as a college research facility, he was involved in the entertainment industry where he met many celebrities, he was a professional jazz musician his instrument of choice was the drums and he played for over 10 years in hotels such as the Mount Washington, night clubs including Sugar Hill, ski lodges, and a college marching band, Roger also sang in an All State Chorus, Roger retired after 27 years in retail sales for Sears at the Burlington Mall.

Roger also loved to travel whether it was by train, airplane, or helicopter, he saw the Grand Canyon, the Alamo, Disneyland , Disney World, the Empire State Building, Hollywood, the Smithsonian Museum, a nd many states within the United States, Roger felt as though he lived through the Best Years in World History and in the Best Country. He was proud to be an American.

Roger moved to Wilmington2029 years ago and married the love of his life Janet M. (Cooper) Howland in April of 1982. Roger will be fondly remembered by family and friends and truly missed by all who knew him.

Roger is survived by his beloved wife of 27 years Janet M. (Cooper) Howland of Wilmington, he was the devoted father of Phillip Howland of Wilmington, Scott Howland & his wife Rita of Bradford, and Eric Howland of Woburn, loving grandfather of Kristi, Joseph, Jacob, Kaitlyn, and Cassandra, dear brother of the late Edna Kelly, uncle of Patricia Meddings & her husband Graham and their daughters Debbie and Kathy all of Littleton, NH, Roger is also survived by many brothers & sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

His family will be receiving people at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, October 5th from 6-7 p.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 7:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Roger’s name may be made to Disabled American Veterans, P. O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45350-0301, Attn: Gift Processing.


5 Entries in Guest Book for “Howland, Roger”

  1. Frank & Sue Ellard says:

    Dear Janet and family,

    Our love and deepest condolences are with you all.

  2. Danielle Bourne says:

    Janet and Family,

    Our thoughts are with you.

  3. Pam & Cary Manaton says:

    Roger was one of those special kinds of people you wished you could spend more time with. He made you feel important each time you spoke with him. He always had a caring and compassionate attitude for anyone that he knew.

    Roger always had a smile for you, was fun to be around and always had a something nice to say. He was a kind and gentle man and we will miss him terribly.

    With Our Sympathy,
    Pam & Cary

  4. Diane Hunt says:

    Dear Janet,

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you with my deepest sympathy.


  5. Patricia Shaw Feener says:

    Dear Janet,

    I was deeply saddened to hear of Roger’s passing. He was such a kind and generous man. I will always remember our days at Sears where Roger was a dear friend to all who knew him. My prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time.


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