Green Funeral Home


Howard D. Burtis

December 27, 1956April 26, 2021

Mr. Howard David Burtis, CPA, age 64, formerly of Williamstown, New Jersey, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family and friends on Monday, April 26, 2021, at Danbury Hospital.

Born in Philadelphia, PA on December 27, 1956, Howard was the son of Howard O. Burtis, Jr. and Viola Miller Burtis. Howard graduated from Williamstown High School in 1974 and then graduated from Drexel University with a degree in Accounting. Howard began his career working for Richardson-Vicks, Inc. where throughout his time there he traveled all over the world as an internal auditor. His favorite destinations were Singapore and surfing Hawaii. He later established his own accounting practice which he owned and operated for decades prior to taking on partner, Kate Johnson, in 2019, becoming Burtis and Johnson, CPA’s.

To know Howard was to love him. Howard’s quick wit, sense of humor, and fantastic ability to tell a story made him a welcomed guest in many circles. He was a good-natured, generous man who was a wonderful friend to all. He would be the first to offer help to anyone in need. He enjoyed cooking and was especially known for his pumpkin pies around the holidays, tending to his vegetable garden, and listening to music, his favorite band was the J. Giles Band.

Howard enjoyed playing golf and he was often found at Wingdale National Golf Club with his cohorts, where he played fiercely for their exclusive “Fed Up” Cup. He was also a horseracing enthusiast and attended all of the triple crown races at one time or another, including the Kentucky Derby, on more than one occasion.

Howard is survived by his brother, David Burtis, and his sister, Suzanne Sundmaker, both of New Jersey, as well as his nephew Jeffrey Sundmaker and niece Katie Vasapollo. Howard also leaves behind his many friends who he always appreciated and loved and who became his second family here in Connecticut.

A celebration of Howard’s life will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2021, from 10:00 am-12:00 pm at Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury. Additional services and burial will happen at a later date in Howard’s hometown of Williamstown, NJ. Memorial contributions in Howard’s name may be made to the charity of your choice. For more information and to leave online condolences, please visit


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Laura Hatch

May 10, 2021

I just found out about Howard's ("howie") passing....l am beyond shocked/sadend. He was my account for many years. I so loved hanging/talking/joking with him and Kate in the office. Howard was an exceptional person with top notch professionalism and humor! My condolences to the family...he will be so very missed ♡ "Keep the Angels laughing Howie"...♡

Stanley Bjurback

May 8, 2021

My condolences to Howard’s family. Have know him for a long time. Lots of laughs. Lots of fond memories. The Bjurback Family

Jeanette Lupinacci

May 8, 2021

My condolences to Howard’s Family. Many fond memories and lots of laughs. An all around good guy. He will be missed. The Lupinacci’s

Lauren DePalma

May 4, 2021

Although I did not know Howard, my daughter and son in law knew him well. (Jason & Carrie Priano)
I want to express my condolences to Howard’s family and friends.
May he rest in eternal peace
He will be cherished and missed by all who knew (know) him.

Candy Ammirato

May 4, 2021

I am deeply sadden to hear of Howie's passing.
He was man wonderful person with a great sense of humor.
Also had those "one-liners" that just made you smile

He will be greatly missed
May he rest in peace.

Mary Bennitt

May 4, 2021

My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Howard and to Kate Johnson. He was a wonderful man. He will be sadly missed by all. Having Howard as my accountant for years, he was always accomodating.

Jim and Fran Ostrove

May 4, 2021

Friend, neighbor, accountant, after 35 years of living next door to Howard we cannot express our grief, nor can we share only one memory here. Howard was a true friend and inspiration, a great man who will be terribly missed by so many , especially us.

Geoff Bakewell

April 29, 2021

I am deeply saddened to learn of Howard’s passing. I always enjoy playing golf with him and sharing stories over a few beers afterwards. He was always fun to be with. My condolences to Howard’s family and anyone lucky enough to have him as a friend.

Nicholas Mancini

April 29, 2021

I'm very saddened to hear this. Howard was as personable as he was knowledgeable, and I really enjoyed working with him on my accounting issues. My deepest condolences to his family and business associates.

Tuesday Tamburri

April 29, 2021

We are so very sorry to hear about Howard. He always had a smile and a laugh. Our deepest condolences to his family, friends and business partner.