John William Howell

May 20, 1955March 21, 2021

Standish, ME - John William “Captain Jack” Howell 65, of Standish, Maine, passed peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, March 21, 2021 at his home.

He was born in Portland, Maine, May 20th, 1955, the first child of V. Diane Howell and John J. “Jack” Howell. He attended Scarborough and Portland schools, excelled in football in high school, and received his GED. John was a highly intelligent young man, he even received a scholarship to MIT for Electronic Engineering. John began traveling at an early age and was known as a very free spirit. He loved music and followed local bands, sometimes joining them on stage for impromptu jam sessions. As he got older, he found his faith in God and became involved in Christian music bands and production. He was well known for his friendly, outgoing spirit and had many friends in Portland and throughout Maine.

While dealing with many personal adversities, John found his sobriety in 2013, an accomplishment that he was truly proud of. “Clean and serene” as John would say. He was involved in AA and Narcotics Anonymous, and spent his time helping others to achieve the same.

John was predeceased by his mother V. Diane Howell of Portland, father, John J. Howell (“Captain Jack”) of Nova Scotia, and his son, Jason M. Howell of Portland. He is survived by his children: Heather Howell and her fiancé Sadiq Majeed of Portland, Stephanie Howell Seavey of Standish, her boyfriend Fran Nuite of Clinton, Justin Duchesne and his fiancé Katrina Angelone of Auburn, Felicia Tenney of Henderson Nevada, and Brian Perry of New Hampshire. His grandchildren Gianna (Stephanie), Camryn, Devyn and Jayden (Heather) Nathan, Colton, Lauren (Felicia) and Bastian (Brian), and 2 great-grandchildren Jason and Zoe. He is also survived by his siblings Bonnie O’Brien of Portland, Mark Howell and wife Tina of Georgia and Donna Howell Baker and her husband Dale Baker of Portland; step-siblings Michael Howell (Mary) of Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Michele Gerard (Stephen) of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Burton Howell (Toni) of Edmonton, Alberta; and many nieces and nephews.

There will be a graveside service at Pine Grove Cemetery, 9 Waites Landing Road in Falmouth, Maine, on April 10th @ 11:00 AM.

In John’s memory we ask for random acts of kindness and paying it forward whenever possible.


  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, April 10, 2021


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Robert Roach

April 10, 2021

We were really close John. The three of us would always go to meetings. John was really trust worthy. I love John like a brother. I will miss our phone calls.

John Cook

March 30, 2021

I met John Hoot-n-Howell in the early 70s on the streets of Portland. We became fast friends. I moved out of Portland in '78 and over the years we lost touch. I would see him every now and then and he would always greet me laughing and ask "where's the paahty. I haven't seen him in many years and will miss knowing he was out there somewhere. RIP my friend...

Kerry Keith

March 27, 2021

Capn Jack will be sadly missed. He was and forever will be in the hearts of everyone he touched. Keep on Keeping on!!!