OBITUARY

Robert "Bob" Howard

September 9, 1933July 19, 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. Below is the link for the ZOOM Live Stream for Bob’s funeral service. Zoom may not start until a few minutes past 11:00AM. Topic: Robert "Bob" Howard Funeral Service Time: Jul 22, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/92386830435 Meeting ID: 923 8683 0435 One tap mobile +13462487799,,92386830435# US (Houston) +14086380968,,92386830435# US (San Jose) Dial by your location +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose) +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) Meeting ID: 923 8683 0435 Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aFC8FTCas

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Private Funeral Service and Burial