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100 North Main Street
Massena, NY 13662
Phone: (315) 769-3579
Fax: (315) 769-3570
Howard Despaw

Howard L. Despaw

Sunday, May 2nd, 1937 - Saturday, January 18th, 2020
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NORFOLK – Surrounded by his loving wife and children, Howard Lloyd Despaw, 82, of South Main Street, passed away Saturday afternoon, January 18, 2020 after a brief illness.

Howard was born May 2, 1937 in Norfolk, the son of the late Howard G. and Margaret (Donie) Despaw. He attended Norfolk schools. On August 31, 1956, he entered the US Army, serving during the Korean War with the Artillary Division and honorably discharged in 1962. On November 28, 1959, he married Sylvia Ann Davis at St. John’s Church. On Thanksgiving Day 2019, they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Howard worked for a time at the Norfolk Paper Mill, before going work at Kraft Foods in Canton where he was a cheesemaker. He retired in 1998 after 29 years of service. He was currently a 40-year member of the Norfolk American Legion Post 925, Gerald R. Roy AMVETS Post 4, VFW Post 1143; and a Life Member of the Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 284, where he served as their treasurer for 13 years. He was also a past member of the Norfolk Volunteer Fire Department, where he was recently honored for his years of service. Over the past three years, he has become a member with 3 Senior Clubs, Norwood Golden Agers, Norfolk Jolly Agers, and most of all Massena Senior Citizens. Since his retirement, he has enjoyed many events including trips, dances, and dinners.

Howard is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Sylvia; his children and their spouses, Shari and Jim Hartigan, Shelly M. Despaw, Sean and Michelle Despaw, and Sharlene and Scott Lantry; 12 grandchildren, Shawn C. (Jodie), Shannon, Lisa (Matt), Sean Michael, Lee, Jessica, Alex, Amy, Nathaniel (Emily), Andrew L., Emily L. and Erin L.; and his great grandson, Paul Robert.

He is also survived by his sister, Sally French of East Syracuse; his brothers, Billy and Midge Kovach, Terry and Naomie Despaw, and Robert and Pat Despaw; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sisters, Nancy Purves and Joan James.

Per Howard’s wishes, there will be no public calling hours. A celebration of his life will be held at the Massena Senior Citizens at a time to be announced in the spring.

In lieu of flowers those wishing may consider donations to Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley or Massena Senior Citzens, 61 Beach Street, Massena, New York 13662.
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Rod and Sandy Morrill

Posted at 05:01pm
Sylvia and family,
We were indeed saddened to learn of Howard's passing.
You and your entire family are in our thoughts. Wonderful
you were granted so many years to enjoy together.
Our deepest sympathy to you.
Rod and Sandy Morrill
Raymondville
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Tim Mattice

Posted at 09:59am
Sylvia, condolences to you and your family. I know how hard it has been the last several months for both you and the family.

Tim Mattice
SL

Sharon Logan

Posted at 12:44pm
I wish to express my condolences to Howard's wife, Sylvia and family. I have known Howard for about 30 years, he was a great neighbor and friend, he will be missed by all that knew him. May he rest in peace.
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