Donald Howe

Donald G. "Fred" Howe

Friday, December 23rd, 1960 - Wednesday, May 6th, 2020
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WATERFORD Donald “Don” (“Fred”) Howe, passed away suddenly at the age of 59 on Wednesday, May 6th, 2020 at his home. He was the loving and devoted husband of Renee LaVoie Howe. Born and raised in Albany, Don was the son of the late Barbara Callan and Donald Howe Sr. He graduated from St. Johnsville High School in 1979.

Don was a US Navy Veteran and employed with the State of New York for over 35 years, both in the Department of Motor Vehicles and Information Technology Services. Don loved sports. He was a devoted and faithful fan of the New York Yankees, Jets, and Knicks. His passion led to him coaching his daughters’ baseball teams and never missing a game throughout their sport’s careers. He also loved to golf with the guys. Don loved movies, it didn’t matter what genre. He has seen every Marvel and DC movie, a love he shared with his brother in law, Donnie. Don loved the beach. Some of the happiest times of his life were spent in Wildwood, New Jersey and Cape Cod, Massachusetts with his family.

Don married his wife Renee on February 14th, 1997. She is the absolute love of his life and best friend. Don adored his three children. He is survived by his son, Steven Howe, and his two daughters, Kate Howe and Erin Howe; his sister, Debbie (Gino) Madaio and his niece, Bailey-Ann Madaio; his brother in law, Donnie (Jodi) LaVoie and his nephew, Maximus LaVoie; and his niece, Rebecca Bailey. Don is also survived by his loving and adoring cats, Charlie, Hank, and Pooh. He was predeceased by his brother, Walter Bailey; his step-father, Eddie Froehlich; and his in-laws, Kate and Donald LaVoie.

Due to COVID-19, memorial services will be held at a later date.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, 3 Oakland Ave., Menands, NY 12204.
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    Saint Mary's Cemetery
    71 Middletown Road
    WATERFORD, NY 12188
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    Reverend David Kelley, OSA
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    Saint Mary's Cemetery
    Middletown Road
    WATERFORD, NY 12188
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Patti & Jim Salisbury

Posted at 08:17pm
Renee and family we are so very sorry to hear about your loss of Don. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I worked with Don for many years at DMV and he was always a great guy and I really enjoyed his company.
Patti & Jim Salisbury

Sea Hogan

Posted at 06:57pm
I wanted to express my heartfelt condolences to Don's family. I worked with him on a number of projects over the years and he was an incredibly hard worker and had a great senses of humor. He will be missed by so many people at NYS.

Rassa Brady

Posted at 09:42am
How sad i am to learn of Don,s passing...My heart goes out to the family. Im so sorry Debbie.. the loss of both Walter and now Don and to also learn of your mom,,you have certainly had much sadness to endure..i wil keep you and Dons family in my thoughts and love to you Deb...Rassa Brady

Mike Genevick

Posted at 10:19pm
I’m so sorry for your loss. Don was an outstanding guy to work with. Just a totally stand up guy.

Francine and Michael Kardash

Posted at 07:00pm
To my cousin Donny and family, This tree will go on for generations to come, as will our family memories. Always in our hearts!
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Nanie O's Posted at 09:18am

So very sorry for you loss. Don was a great guy I worked with him moons ago in ITS.

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