Swan Funeral Home

80 East Main Street, Clinton, CT


Howard W. Hathaway, Sr.

August 31, 1934July 9, 2019


Howard William Hathaway, Sr., passed away on July 9, 2019 at Middlesex Memorial Hospital, Hospice Unit. Howard is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Karen Ward. Hathaway. Five sisters, Rose Zadrozny (predeceased), Alice Horne, Linda Stray, Wanda Hathaway, and Brenda Thayer. His legacy includes his children, Howard, Jr. (Alex), Cheryl Hall (Robert), and Mark (Dyann). Stepchildren, Matthew Platts (Lori), Timothy Scully (Heather), and Kiersa Hathaway. Grandchildren include Heather Manly, Teri Richards, Tina Phelan, Cristy Bailey, Shawn Hathaway, Stephan Hathaway, Michael Hathaway, James Platts, Jeremiah Platts, Finn Scully and Declan Scully, Joshua Ward, and Gabriella Frank. Great Grandchildren include Mariella Roman, Jose Roman, Danielle Phelan, Julius Phelan, Lucas Richards, Gabriel Richards, Mason Manly and Griffin Manly. He also leaves his feline friend, Tiggie.

Howard attended Lyman Hall in Wallingford and his primary career was in Construction, and he was known by all to be the gold standard employee.

He was a proud member of the former St. Mark's Church of Westbrook.

He loved his family dearly and was a friend to all and would not think twice to help his fellow man. He will be dearly missed.

Calling hours for Howard will be from 5-8 P.M., Friday, July 12th, at Swan Funeral Home, Clinton. There will be a graveside service on Saturday, July 13th at 10:00 A.M at Beaver Brook Cemetery.

The family wishes to thank the dedication, professionalism, and love shown by Guilford Hospice, Middlesex Memorial Hospital Hospice, Joseph Slater, PA-C, Emily Miesse, APRN, and Strong House, Madison, CT.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation, Inc., North Haven, CT or Alzheimer's Association.


  • Calling Hours Friday, July 12, 2019
  • Graveside Service Saturday, July 13, 2019


Howard W. Hathaway, Sr.

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Aggie Ward

July 12, 2019

In Loving Memory - Howard Hathaway – August 1934 – July 2019
I had written a poem for Howard several years ago called “Brother of the Heart” and included along with it a home-made eagle blanket. Years later he inspired me to write a poem about his beautiful garden so I had a puzzle of it made so he could see it forever.
Now Howard has moved on to his Next Life and we are blessed with memories of what Howard has left us. I wonder what a world without Howard would have been like. I can’t imagine what we would have missed!
We would not have enjoyed the happiness my sister had with him; including the fun we all had when my sisters and I took trips with him.
He made my sister Karen the happiest woman in the world and she knew he was “The One” – how lucky she is to have found her “One”. Yes, the world needed Howard!
In my eyes the world is a better place as Howard made his mark with his entire family and so many friends.
My eyes are now filled with tears and my heart is sad and yet I can’t help when I see an Eagle soar above, I know Howard is watching over me. Soar free Howard – you will forever be in my heart!
Your sister-in-law,
Aggie Ward

Helen Brown

July 12, 2019

I very much enjoyed knowing your dear husband at the
Strong House. I was struck by his obvious love of you.
You were the light of his life. You were a wonderful caregiver,
and he was blessed to have a dedicated, loving, woman to help
him through his challenges during these difficult times. May God bless and keep you always.
Helen Brown, RN.