OBITUARY

Thomas Stevenson Howell

September 7, 1951June 11, 2018
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Portland - Thomas S. Howell, deeply loved father, brother and coach, passed away on Monday at the age of 66 with his children by his side.

A lifelong Maine resident, Tom attended Deering High School, where he played varsity football. Upon graduation in 1969, he continued his athletic career playing basketball and baseball at the University of Maine at Machias. He would later reside in Topsham, ME, where he raised his children.

Through his children he found his love for the game of soccer. After a decade coaching his son and daughter, this passion led him to coach teams for Mt. Ararat High School, Freeport High School, and numerous travel leagues throughout the Greater Portland area.

The players he coached benefited from his compassionate, dedicated, and optimistic spirit, just as his children have. Tom, or Coach Tom, was dependable to friend, family, and player alike. You could always count on his presence and support. He will be greatly missed by all.

He was predeceased by his parents, Mildred and Elton Howell.

He is survived by his children, Jefferson Howell and his wife Shannon of Seattle, WA, and Rebecca Howell of Los Angeles, CA; his beloved granddaughter, Ophelia Howell, of Seattle, WA; siblings, Suzanne McIver and her husband Michael, and Steven Howell and wife Heidi, all of Portland, ME; nieces and nephews, Courtney McIver and her children Sam and Riley of Manchester, NH, Elizabeth McIver, Andrew McIver, Brett Howell, and Ryan Howell of Portland, ME; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to a time of visitation from 4-7 pm on Friday, June 22, 2018 at Jones Rich & Barnes Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St. Portland.

A celebration of life will be held at 12:30 pm on Saturday, June 23rd, at Wilde Memorial Chapel in Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Avenue in Portland. At Tom’s request, there will be a tailgate at Evergreen Cemetery prior to the service at 11:00 am. Formal, casual or soccer attire welcome.

Please visit www.jonesrichandbarnes.com to sign Tom’s online guest book.

  • FAMILY

  • Mildred Howell, Mother
  • Elton Howell, Father
  • Jefferson Howell, Son
  • Shannon Howell, Daughter-in-law
  • Rebecca Howell, Daughter
  • Ophelia Howell, Granddaughter
  • Suzanne McIver, Sister
  • Michael McIver, Brother-in-law
  • Steven Howell, Brother
  • Heidi Howell, Sister-in-law
  • Courtney McIver, Niece
  • Sam ., Courtney's son
  • Riley ., Courtney's daughter
  • Elizabeth McIver, Niece
  • Andrew McIver, Nephew
  • Brett Howell, Nephew
  • Ryan Howell, Nephew

Services

  • Visitation Friday, June 22, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, June 23, 2018
REMEMBERING

Thomas Stevenson Howell

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Jack & Doris Bourque

June 22, 2018

We were both so very saddened to hear of Tom's passing especially at such a young & (in Tom's case) vibrant part of his life! We were neighbors of Tom in Topsham for many years where we got to know him & his wonderful children. He will be remembered not only for the deep amount of love he had for his children & family but also for the caring he had for his neighbors & friends. He could always find a way to make you laugh. It was Tom who actually built the deck to the back of our house which still stands to this day! It will serve as a reminder to us as to his many talents but most of all it will remind us of the wonderful family we once called neighbors!

Our hearts & love go out to Jefferson, Rebecca & their families!

Michael Steitzer

June 20, 2018

My condolences to Tom's family, Tom and I shared our love of soccer on many occasions and I found his passion for his players and their success not only in soccer but also in life to be inspirational to all of us who have coached. I don't think I ever saw him without a smile on his face and a kind word to those around him...

Dan Beale

June 20, 2018

Dear Sue, Steve, Tom's Family and extended Family: I am sorry to learn this news. With deepest sympathies.

Bob Gervais

June 20, 2018

The button says "Share A Memory". I'm not sure that's possible. I have hundreds of memories. I remember baseball games in the church yard and football in the fall, snow ball fights and snow forts in the winter and sliding at Payson Park. I remember playing basketball in February at six degrees below zero by the light of car headlights at Cummings School playground. I remember jumping off the dam in Windham and floating down to Route 35 and then climbing up and jumping off the green bridge as cars stopped to cheer us on. I remember picking teams for games and that Tom always took the less talented kids. To Tom, playing was enough. Winning was not necessary. I remember skiing at Mt Abram on weekends and Lost Valley week nights after school or work. I remember going to Friendly's at least five times a week. I remember double dates, OOB, Higgins Beach, and cruising for hours.

Although we drifted apart over the years and decades, but when we would run into each other we would pick right up as if we had spoken just yesterday. Tom was a true people person and it comes as no surprise to me that he was so successful as a coach. There are many, many more memories and I will cherish them all. My sincerest condolences to Tom's family and friends. He was a wonderful human being. Rest easy, my friend.

Brian Webb

June 19, 2018

Hey Bailey
Been awhile since we last shared an adventure but we shared enough as young guys for a lifetime of great memories. So
sorry to hear of your passing but you were always in a rush to move on to whatever came next
Since this is your last stop I guess i’ll finally be able to keep up with you . We’ll be seeing you old friend. Not for awhile but i’ll get there at my usual slow pace I hope
God Bless
Chick

Timothy Callnan

June 18, 2018

Always a part of our family......lots of fun times, lots of great memories, forever in our hearts. Love, the Callnans.

Rebecca Howell

June 18, 2018

Thomas S. Howell, 66
PORTLAND - Thomas S. Howell, deeply loved father, brother and coach, passed away on Monday at the age of 66 with his children by his side.
A lifelong Maine resident, Tom attended Deering High School, where he played varsity football. Upon graduation in 1969, he continued his athletic career playing basketball and baseball at the University of Maine at Machias. He would later reside in Topsham, where he raised his children.
Through his children he found his love for the game of soccer. After a decade coaching his son and daughter, this passion led him to coach teams for Mt. Ararat High School, Freeport High School, and numerous travel leagues throughout the Greater Portland area.
The players he coached benefited from his compassionate, dedicated, and optimistic spirit, just as his children have. Tom, or Coach Tom, was dependable to friend, family, and player alike. You could always count on his presence and support. He will be greatly missed by all.
He was predeceased by his parents, Mildred and Elton Howell. He is survived by his children, Jefferson Howell and his wife Shannon of Seattle, Wash., and Rebecca Howell of Los Angeles, Calif.; his beloved granddaughter, Ophelia Howell, of Seattle, Wash.; siblings, Suzanne McIver and her husband Michael, and Steven Howell and wife Heidi, all of Portland; nieces and nephews, Courtney McIver and her children Sam and Riley of Manchester, N.H., Elizabeth McIver, Andrew McIver, Brett Howell, and Ryan Howell of Portland;and numerous aunts, uncles; and cousins.
Relatives and friends are invited to a time of visitation from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, June 22, 2018 at
Jones Rich & Barnes Funeral Home
, 199 Woodford St. Portland.
A celebration of life will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, at Wilde Memorial Chapel in Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Avenue in Portland. At Tom's request, there will be a tailgate at Evergreen Cemetery prior to the service at 11 a.m. Formal, casual or soccer attire welcome.

Todd Boothby

June 13, 2018

Great man, he will be missed by many. Thanks for all the memories.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY