John Quincy Howe, Jr. died on August 22, 2017 in Park Ridge, Ill. at the age of 85.
A private memorial service will be held at Resthaven Cemetary in Phelps, N.Y. at a later date.
Contributions may be made in Jack’s name to the , Save the River (Clayton, N.Y.) or Hamilton College (Clinton, N.Y.).
Born in Newton, MA on October 5, 1931, Jack grew up in Phelps, NY in the “Howe House”, the home of the Phelps Community Historical Society. He was a member of Phelps Central School Class of 1949 and went on graduate in 1953 from Hamilton College where he was a member of Theta Delta Chi fraternity. After college, Jack served in the Army, stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital in Washington, DC. Following his time in the military, Jack embarked upon his career in the property and casualty insurance business. He began at the Continental Insurance Company in its Washington, DC and Baltimore, Md. offices. He left Continental to establish and co-own Insurance and Investments, Inc. in Vienna, Va. where he worked for many years and finished his career at Willis Corroon in Hunt Valley, Md. Jack retired in 1994.
After residing in the Baltimore, MD suburbs early in their life together, Jack, Betty and Melissa settled in Reston, Va. in 1972 where Jack and Betty lived for 39 years. For his entire life, Jack enjoyed summers at family cottages on Murray Isle in the Thousand Islands region of New York on the St. Lawrence River. Jack passed his love of “The River” to Betty, Melissa and her family and loved spending every spring and summer at Murray after retirement. After Jack and Betty moved from Reston, they spent their winter months in Pawleys Island, S.C., enjoying the beauty of the low country and daily walks on the beach. Jack loved fresh water fishing, playing golf, sports, reading, telling stories (to which he usually added his own humor), helping others and most of all, spending time with his family.
Jack met his wife, the former Betty Jean Poole, while working in Baltimore. They enjoyed a happy marriage lasting 57 years. In addition to his wife, Jack is survived by his daughter, Melissa Howe Graves (Chicago, Ill.); son-in-law, Charles Paulson Graves, III (Chicago, Ill.); three grandchildren Sarah Elizabeth Graves (New York City, N.Y.), Katherine Howe Graves (Chicago, Ill.) and Christopher Paulson Graves (Chicago, Ill.); as well as a sister, Dorothy Howe Frost (Lake George, N.Y.).
He was predeceased by his parents John Quincy Howe and Alice Bates Howe (Phelps, N.Y.); and a sister, Virginia Howe Caldwell (Cumming, Ga.).