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Volusia Memorial Funeral Home

4815 Clyde Morris Blvd, Port Orange, FL

OBITUARY

Howard L. Stoner

June 12, 1949June 2, 2019
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Howard L. Stoner, age 69, of Port Orange, Florida passed away on Sunday June 2, 2019. Howard was born June 12, 1949 in Springfield, MA to his loving parents Edward and Rose Stoner.

Howard lived his life to the fullest and it was always filled with laughter. He loved people, especially his family and friends. Some of his other loves were motorcycles, track & field, the Red Sox and Patriots. Howard made his own self laugh – “Hello. It’s me, my name is Howard Lee!” He learned that sobriety is something you work at every day and he worked at it for over 30 years! Howard’s legacy will be remembered by those that knew his mission was to help others on their road to recovery.

Howard is survived by aunts, uncles, two brothers, two sisters, his fiance`, nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces, friends and extended family. Howard will be dearly missed by all those that knew and loved him.

A celebration of life for Howard will be held Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 6:00 PM at Crane Lakes Golf & Country Club, 1850 Crane Lakes Blvd, Port Orange, Florida 32128.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.VolusiaMemorialFuneral.com for the Stoner family.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Thursday, June 6, 2019

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Rusty Jerew

June 10, 2019

I knew Howard in the early 80’s while living in the Aspen/Snowmass area. I was very fortunate to have him as a friend. He was a man of integrity and common sense in a time and place when there wasn’t much of either. My condolences to all his loved ones. May God bring you peace.

Barry Latham

June 9, 2019

My deepest sympathy to the family. Another great from the Ville. Howie was a brother to all. His laugh was one of a kind. As Harvard Ave is the center of the community, Howie lives in the center of our hearts. Rest in peace brother.

Claire C

June 8, 2019

I wanted to share a photo i took on June 3rd, 2019 at Black Canyon of the Gunnison - i rode my bike with Howard out to this area of Montrose and Crawford in Colorado a few times. This sunset picture reminds me of him and how he lived in the sunlight of the spirit. Peace to all in this difficult time xxx Claire

Diane Parris-Roney

June 7, 2019

We are West Medford neighbors. Howard took me to my high school senior prom. I went to a predominantly white catholic school and we didn’t have any African American guts in our class. So I asked Howard if he would be date for the prom and he graciously accepted. I remember I had a pink dress and he came in a velour type tuxedo. Such a fond memory. I still have the photo. Peace be still.

William Williams

June 7, 2019

I remember Howie from growing up in da ville. Always a real nice nice guy. Lot of great memories with his family we are all one BIG family. PEACE MY FRIEND AND BUDDY.

JIM REED

June 7, 2019

we worked together in ASPEN for years...and both retired to FLORIDA, and think of him every time I do an ARC report....and we share a close B DAY(mine 14Jun).

REQUIEM IN PACE, Jim

Victor Morales

June 7, 2019

Howard was one of the most caring, humble, and positive people I've ever met. I was blessed to work with him on the night shift when he began working at Reality House, and one thing that stood out to me immediately from stories we shared was his love of life. He told me stories of how freeing it was riding his bike in Colorado enjoying the sights, and the open road. He just seemed to be someone that lived life to the fullest, and didn't take anything for granted. He left a lasting impression on me, and I can only hope to leave this earth after leaving an impact like Howard did on so many lives. Thanks for the memories, and for inspiring every person who met you to enjoy life a little more like you.

Gene Johnson

June 7, 2019

Howie and I first met at the Hervy School in W. Medford. He was chasing me around the school yard but he would tell you the opposite. Later, we would become like 'peas in a pod'. He still took the opposite position of most every topic, or vice versa. We spent so much time together we began to look alike. I had to check my wallet to know who I was that day. To say we shared an adventure or two would be a gross understatement. Ran track together, skipped school together, drove to Hampton Institute to its Homecoming, drove to a wedding in Encino, CA, skied at Snowmass for a number of years. It was no surprise he was the Best Man at my wedding. He had to help me off the floor minutes before the ceremony; I was so frightened, my knees buckled. I always admired Howie though I never told him. He was smart and did well in school, again, opposite of me. He helped me choose my first profession, had it not been for him sending me a NU catalog, I may never had gone into pharmacy or have met Chris, my wife of 38 years. Even when Howie is not around, I feel his presence; he helped make me who I am. He will always be a part of who I am and how I live my life; I will always want someone to blame for my behavior and it will continue to be Howie. Miss him? I am him, or a part of him as he is to me. He called every year to sing Happy Birthday, when I purposely did not pickup, it did not bother him. He would sing an off key message and leave it on the phone. I will be telling Howard Lee Stoner stories for the balance of my life. Not sure how we became so close, only know that we did. The last few days i have been hoping to wake up from this dream, this nightmare. We were talking last Friday about visiting next February. The last time we were in Florida, it seemed we were unable to coordinate a get together. We had a 50th high school reunion 2 years ago. Speaking for the MHS class of 1967 and myself, this should not have happened and I should not be writing this note.

Steve Parris

June 7, 2019

I have know Howie since childhood and I'm not sure he ever owned a car! He loved his motorcycles. He must have had a million miles of bike time under his belt. This picture shows the last time that we were together. Medford High School 50th Reunion, (June 2017). Rest in peace my friend, you will be missed!

Jason S

June 6, 2019

Howard saved my life
If you knew him, you know this is no exaggeration.

I owe him more than I could ever repay, and will miss him.

My thoughts to his family and all his friends. I will never forget his laugh...and I made him laugh many times

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