Robert "Bob" Howard

9 September, 193319 July, 2020

Robert “Bob” Howard of Plainville, MA formerly of Mansfield, entered into rest on Sunday, July 19, 2020 at the age of 86.

Robert was born on September 9, 1933 in Boston, MA to the late Arthur & Alice (Rosen) Howard. He grew up in the Boston area and graduated from English High School. After high school Bob enlisted in the Air Force where he became the first Airman to graduate from the Air Force Motion Picture Academy Bob worked as a news and sports photographer for 33 years as a news and sports photographer covering the likes of Ted Williams, Bobby Orr and Yazz to name but a few. Bob was past president of the Boston Press Photographers, President Emeritus of the same organization. The Bob Howard Good Fellowship Award is bestowed annually to a fellow photographer who epitomizes the same professional qualities that Bob possessed. He has a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Animal Rescue League of Boston. Bob earned The Pulitzer Prize in photo journalism for videoing the blizzard of ‘78 from the helicopter. Bob was past president of The Sharon Men’s Club. Bob designed a news license plate which then governor John Volpe made official thus giving credibility to the news media covering stories. Bob was and will always be known as News Photog 1. He was the first newsman along with Natalie Jacobs allowed to video and photograph events in the Massachusetts courtrooms. He covered four presidents and a couple of kings. Shot the pre Olympics in Yugoslavia. He photographed numerous people of note like the Beetles whose negatives he discarded thinking that they would never be successful. Also shot Mick Jagger, The Von Trapp family in Vermont and one of his favorites—Beverly Sills. Bob chatted fishing with President George W. He knew and photographed the entire Kennedy family as he covered John’s campaign. When Bob was stationed in Japan he ran the Non Commissioned Officers nightclub. When the circus was there to entertain the troops Bob became the official clown fully costumed, something he loved doing. Bob Howard was always a performer of sorts. He organized Awards Dinners for the Boston Press Photographers and one would be hard pressed to get him to relinquish the microphone as moderator of the event. Bob loved hunting, fishing, skiing and playing tennis. Most of all he cherished his children and grandchildren. Bob Howard knew everyone and everyone knew and respected him.

Beloved husband of Barbara (Feldman) Howard. Loving father of Scott A. Howard & his wife Carla and Lisa Beth Howard. Cherished grandfather of Joshua Howard, Benjamin Howard, Jordan Howard and Jack Howard.

Graveside services at Sharon Memorial Park will take place privately.

Expressions of sympathy in Bob’s memory may be donated to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 or Alzheimer's Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452.

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  • Private Funeral Service and Burial

    Wednesday, 22 July , 2020


Robert "Bob" Howard

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Amy Slade

28 July 2020

To Barbara and family

My father, Arthur Slade, worked at the Animal Rescue League of Boston and had the great pleasure of working with Bob. This of course led to my mom, Susan, my brother, Arthur, and I all having the good fortune to meet Bob as well. My brother was on the cover of the League’s Our Four Footed Friends Magazine when he was a child and Bob was the photographer. Bob very patiently worked with him and the puppy who did not want to sit under the Christmas tree. Little did we know that this was just the beginning of my dad working with Bob and our relationship with him and Barbara. He was a kind man who always had a smile for you. He had a wicked sense of humor that would make you laugh out loud. It was always a good day when you got to spend time with Bob. Our thoughts and prayers are with Barbara and her family as they mourn his passing. Bob will most assuredly be missed but hopefully Bob and my dad are having a good laugh in heaven.
With Love, the Slade Family

Richard Owens

24 July 2020

I am very sorry to hear about Bob. For over 20 years, he made work fun. He made Golf Tournaments, Baseball games, and Football enjoyable regardless of the weather. He brought sunshine with his sense of humor. It meant a great deal to me to see him at my 60th surprise party. I treasure his friendship and have many fond memories.
Dick Owens (Worcester Telegram) Wells, ME

Bonnie Godas

22 July 2020

I have always admired and been in awe of Bob’s successful career as a photographer.
Yet with all that success he was one of the most humble and kindest people that I have ever met.
I had s great opportunity to travel with my Mom, Barbara, Bob and other members of the Men’s club to Washington DC. Bob was always giving me great recommendations on my photography yet always encouraging because that was the kind of guy he was!
Rest In Peace Mr. Howard and my sincere condolences to Barbara and family. You will be forever missed.

June Vaillancourt

22 July 2020

My sympathies to Bob's wife Barbara and his family. Bob was a wealth of knowledge and a very kind man. I enjoyed working with him and just hanging out talking. He accomplished much in his lifetime.

My heart felt condolences.


Alan Borgal

22 July 2020

My sincere condolences to Bob’s wife Barbara and his family, this is a loss of a good man that sadly shook me up for the last several days and then also released a flood of great and fond memories of our friendship.
Bob Howard was one of the most interesting people that I had ever met, he was kind to people and animals and his comical wit could diffuse a tense or boring gathering into a memorable laugh and then genuine fun would begin. His time at the podium at the Boston Press Photographers Association was legendary and he was so busy working the room I am not sure how he ever found the time to enjoy the dinner.
Bob was the glue that held everything together in his long career as a Photographer but his wife Barbara was like a rock behind him and supporting all his endeavors in business and in life.
I met Bob when I was about 12 years old at the Animal Rescue League of Boston while I was used as a kid model and photographed holding a puppy for the holidays, little did I know that I would become friends and work with Bob for over 35 years as he was the Leagues photographer throughout my career. Bob took photographs of my sister at a young model shoot when she was 16 even before I was born.
Bob in 1986 accompanied the ARL Law Enforement Dept. to seize an Exotic Farm which included an abused Elephant, Camel, Sumatran crossed Tigers, Mountain Lions, Primates and other exotic animals. Bob decided to take photos in color and black & white and his skills were evident how cruel these animals were being kept in by the suspect owner. The Elephant ‘Ruthy’ is still alive and well at the Buttonwood Zoo in New Bedford, Ma. Bobs photos typically were used in ARL Law Enforement Prosecutions. However, Bob also helped as part of a team to produce the ARL’s Our Four Footed Friends member magazines, marketing and educational programs.
Bob was a mentor and family friend, he was loved by all and quickly got into your heart and he will be missed by all.

Jeanne Levy

21 July 2020

Bob, and my husband were great friends. Bob worked the flowers show, and phil would take his vacation and help me at the flower show. For 2 weeks every year, these 2 had an act going. Between the two of them they know everyone in the city. Bob was such a gentleman. I remembered going out with his wife Barbara, for dinner and having alot of laughs. Everyone would stop by the table to say hello. Bob looked at my photos, and told me, I had a real gift. His encouragement helped me to get some of my pictures published. Jeanne levy

Steven Borack

21 July 2020

First of all I would like to take this time to extend my condolences to the Howard family.I am very sorry for your loss.In the 70’s early 80’s I had the pleasure to work for Bob and to do some overflow work that he could not cover.So before I did any work this was Bobs big requirement.When your in a big hall shooting at lower angle and there are many lights on the ceiling ,make sure you do not include them in the images,they will distract!To this day when I shoot ,I hear Bob in the back of my mind saying ,do remember what I told you about those overhead lights.
Bob was a good man.Rest in peace.

MaryAnn & Paul Campisano

21 July 2020

Barbara and Family,
We are sending our love and sympathies to you all as you suffer with this tremendous loss.

Bob was such a wonderful person; he befriended me years ago when he asked to photograph our dog for the Animal Rescue League pamphlet.

His costume at our Halloween party was epic. Boy, did he look the part (of a famous Chef). It was such a nice time laughing and sharing stories that night; including the memories we all had of the Blizzard of '78.

We are so grateful to have enjoyed his friendship; may you all take comfort in your memories and the love he had for his cherished family.

Paul & MaryAnn

Richard Howard

21 July 2020

My cousin Bobby will always be in my heart. He will be remembered by his infectious laugh and genuine smile. He brought happiness where ever he went. He was the "Pied Piper". We shall miss him. Thank you Barbara. You were there for all of us. We will always be there for you.

William Goverman

21 July 2020

First and foremost my condolences to Bob's family and friends and anyone that had the utmost joy and pleasure in knowing him. Bob and Barbara were life long friends of my parents. My first memory of Bob was how he would command a room. Many evenings, as a child , my parents would have dinner parties and Bob had a presence and a sense of humor that made you want to hang out with the " grownups ". If there was action and laughs Bob was the center attraction. My Dad used to call Bob , " a go through kind of guy ". This was the highest compliment my father reserved for a few people in his life . I was fortunate to find out what this meant as Bob got me 2 of my first jobs as a working man ( one working the Expo Center the other at the Westin Copley ) . Later on my own journey Bob was kind enough to attend my wedding and lend his services in taking my brides photo's at our wedding. I know Bob will be greatly missed but he will also always be with us in our memories and more importantly our hearts .