Gillooly Funeral Home

126 Walpole Street, Norwood, MA


John H. Howley Sr.

February 3, 1942June 11, 2020

John H. Howley Sr., 78, of Norwood, passed away on June 11, 2020. Born in Newton, February 3, 1942, to the late Thomas and Edna (Lake) Howley. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary Margaret (Curran) Howley.

John is survived by his loving children, Mary Margaret Foley & her husband Steven of Taunton and John Howley Jr. & his wife Isa of Dedham; his five adored grandchildren, James, Colleen and Bridget Preston and Evan and Naomi Howley; his cherished siblings, William Howley & his wife Lucille, Jimmy Howley & his wife Paula and Jeanne Paparazzo. John was predeceased by his twin brother Thomas Howley Jr.

John graduated from Wentworth Institute with an Associate degree in Mechanical Engineering. He served in the Army in 341st Combat Engineering. John enjoyed playing bingo, bowling and going to church. He was always ready for a good road trip, no matter what the destination was. What John loved most of all was spending time with his children and grandchildren. John was a loving and kind person, he will be greatly missed.

A Funeral service and burial will be held privately at St. Joseph Cemetery in West Roxbury. For additional information and online register book, please visit: GilloolyFuneralHome.com

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in John’s honor to the Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org


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Kim Dansby

July 13, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about John. He was always kind and had a positive attitude. Deepest sympathies.

Wendy + Brian D'Angelo

June 16, 2020

Have so many memories of John and Mary as our neighbors for years and years. Such a wonderful man — he will be so missed. To all who loved him, especially James, Bridget and Colleen who we've known since they were little kids, we are so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you all. XO

Rosalie Priore

June 16, 2020

RIP John ! Always enjoyed talking with you and Mary at family gatherings ! God Bless your family and Condolences to all .💖🙏💖🙏💖🙏

Theresa Colarusso

June 15, 2020

Uncle John was the guy who showed up for everything. He was such a constant and kind presence, and always willing to share a conversation and a laugh. We will miss him.

Michael Empey

June 15, 2020

So sorry to hear of the passing of "Big John" as he was always referred to by my Dad. He was such a lovable kind hearted soul, my condolences to all the Howley family.

Mike Empey