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Hubert P. “Sonny” Newhouse

March 3rd, 2014

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.

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13 Entries in Guest Book for “Hubert P. “Sonny” Newhouse”

  1. Cindy Newhouse-Pauquette says:

    Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. I always remember Uncle Sonny as a very caring dad.

  2. Sally Radomski says:

    Stan and I send our deepest sympathies to the Newhouse family
    Sally and Stan Radomski

  3. Mimi McHugh (McCabe) says:

    To all of the Newhouse family, I am so sorry for your loss. Sonny was a beautiful person who I came to love over the years. I cherish all the stories he would share with all of us about the war, relatives of ours in their younger years, or Wilmington & Tewksbury way back when. I will miss his laughter. There will never be anyone else like him!! May the many memories of Sonny help ease your loss. I will keep you all in my prayers.

  4. Janet Manuel says:

    Warren, deepest sympathy to you and your family at this difficult time.
    Janet Manuel

  5. Jackie Child says:

    To all of my cousins in the Newhouse family, I am so sorry for the loss of your dad, my Uncle Sonny. What a kind and remarkable man. Uncle Sonny I now believe you are with your wife Aunt Helen. I know whenever I think of you I will always smile with thoughts of you and your love for fishing. To my Newhouse Family, I can only pray that you will find the support you will need to endure this grief.

  6. Frank West says:

    To the Newhouse family-

    Karen and I offer our deepest sympathies on the loss of your loved one.
    Frank and Karen West

  7. William Donovan says:

    Our sympathy to you and your family.
    Bill & Linda Donovan

  8. Dennis Lawlor says:

    So sorry for your loss.
    Dennis and Rosemary Lawlor

  9. Tracey Costello says:

    Newhouse Family-
    Our deepest sympathies on your loss. My family will be praying for all of you.

    The Costello Family

  10. Jack Cushing says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the Newhouse family

    Jack & Sandie Cushing

  11. Joe Ouellette says:

    Our condolences on your loss.

    Joe and Marlene Ouellette

  12. Ginny Johnson says:

    To all the Newhouse family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Sonny was a wonderful man.

    Ginny Johnson

  13. George Daley says:

    The daley Family is very sorry for your loss and offer deepist sympathey to the Newhouse family.

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