Howard Alan Goldman

December 30, 1950November 1, 2018

GOLDMAN, Howard, “Howie,” late of Brookline and Newton, entered into rest November 1, 2018 at the age of 67. An independent spirit, Howie will be remembered for his generous heart and his long philosophical discourses on subjects, ranging from politics and the economy to Jewish traditions and natural healing uninfluenced by politics and money. Perhaps he is best known as everyone’s plumber and a man who would drop anything to help family or friend. He developed deep friendships with many customers from Newton to Brookline and beyond. He will be deeply missed and forever remembered with love by his family and a wide community of friends. Howie was the eldest, beloved son of Evelyn Laut (Berman) and the late Sidney Goldman. Along with his mother, he is survived by his younger brother David Goldman and his sister, Laurie Goldman, sister-in-law Karen Henley and nephews, Aaron and Ravi Goldman-Henley of Massachusetts as well his beloved Aunt Helen Abrahams in FL, Uncle Jason in VA and many cousins. Services at Stanetsky Memorial Chapel, 475 Washington St., CANTON, MA on Sunday, November 4 at 10AM followed by burial at Sharon Memorial Park, 40 Dedham St., Sharon, MA. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Howie’s memory may be made to Memory Care @ Whitney Place in Natick. 3 Vision Drive, Natick, MA 01760 or The American Heart Association.


  • Funeral Services Sunday, November 4, 2018

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Judith Fiszel

January 25, 2019

It has been quite a while, but I recall Howard's fondness of music and his huge collection of anything 50s or 60s. I believe my last in-person chat with Howard was in the parking lot of Whole Foods, Brookline, MA when he was still living in that town. Condolences to the entire family. Judith F.

Julian Webb

December 31, 2018

My condolences to Howard's family. I was friendly with Howard since about 15 years ago, although the last year or so we did not stay in touch. I was shocked to have just seen of his passing. Howard was always willing to lend help, either with plumbing or moving stuff. We socialized some too. He had a good heart and could expound on several subjects liberally. Even on the phone, he would give his interesting viewpoints on a subject or two (some with which I agreed and some not as much) for well over an hour; and he seemed to have all the time in the world to do so. He loved to keep around his home old keepsakes and bits of machinery that he would pick up and that were in use decades ago, sort of antiques as the past interested him a lot.
Howard was a kind soul and I will miss him.
I am sorry to have missed your funeral, old friend, but I will be visiting your grave soon. Rest in peace.

Rachel Ann

November 11, 2018

How many people can a person say s/he thinks about while sitting on his/her throne or washing dishes? Although Howard began as our plumber, he quickly weaved his way into our hearts and family by being such a good hearted mench! It’s nice to be able to laugh in the midst of the tears of missing Howard! My fondest memories of him are in his humorous thoughts and positive words. It was funny how he could come up with a song inspired by someone’s words. One time, while observing Howard having a discussion or argument with a person who responded in exasperation, “ I don’t have a point of view!”, Howard began singing the lyrics from a Beatles song, “He doesn’t have a point of view!” Although we last saw Howard’s smiling face at our Break-fast, he left his humorous spirit in a YouTube video he later texted of Groucho Marx singing, “It doesn’t matter what you say, I’m against it!” Howard was a unique human being who was our friend and a part of our family. He is deeply missed!

jason Taylor

November 4, 2018

I just found out that I won't see Howie again. So sad. What a great guy! Though we were only distantly related, I was happy every time I got a moment to hang out with him.
The world has dimmed a little without the radiance of your smile, Howie. I miss you and I love you.
Your mother's sister's great nephew,
Jason Taylor

Ellen Yaniv

November 4, 2018

Besides all the help with plumbing things he did over many years for my husband and me and others things he would help us with at a moment’s notice, he helped me move after my husband died. He didn’t just do one thing, he did many things over several weeks. On weekends, he spent all day with me. I don’t know what I would have done without him.

About a year after I moved, one day he was over and he rearranged my living room furniture ( I didn’t ask him to ).To this day, it is still like that except for one chair I moved which he strongly disagreed with.

Although I didn’t see him very much, I always felt that he would help me if I needed help. He became my husband and my friend and then after my husband died, he was my friend. I really feel his absence.

Christine Chan

November 4, 2018

Please accept my deepest sympathy. Howie was smart and funny and always willing to help whenever needed. He will be greatly missed and it was an honor to know him.

Alan Greene

November 4, 2018

I am so saddened to hear of Howie s passing. I always enjoyed our discussions on many topics. Howie will be greatly missed. Zichrono livracha.

Marian Hessink

November 3, 2018

Oh Howie,

Now you know, know you all the things 've been saying are true
about the afterlife
enjoy yourself but when you can, send me a sign
our worlds must impinge
yet our realm won't seem the same
never you handsome , punny, jesus-looking guy, you Mercutio

Lily Mui

November 3, 2018

Please accept our condolences on the passing of our dear friend, Howard. It was an honor to have known him and we will truly miss him. Rest In Peace.

Camille DiBenedetto

November 3, 2018

My deepest condolences to Laurie and her family. It is so difficult to lose a beloved sibling. May his memory sustain you over the years❤️