Paul M. Howe

October 11, 1923 - September 30, 2013
Paul M. Howe


Paul M. Howe, 89, passed away September 30, 2013 at Trinity Grove Nursing Home. He was born in Ithaca, NY, on October 11, 1923. He was the son of the late Dr. Carl Freeman Howe and Virginia Phipps Howe. He served his country in the US Army Air Corps in World War II in the Pacific Theater. On returning home he attended the University of Buffalo. On September 11, 1948 he married Patricia Smith in Niagara Falls, NY. He was hired by the IBM in the early days of Machine Accounting and spent 31 years in management, the last 13 in Litigation.

He was predeceased by his brother, Carl Freeman Howe and his sister, Carolyn Howe Deffenbaugh.

Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Patricia, his son David and wife Christine of Avon, CT, daughter Dr. Deborah Howe and husband David Gardner of Philadelphia, PA, daughter, DR. Kimberly Howe Eugene Sanchez of Wilmington, NC. He leaves ten grandchildren and one great grandchild.

In retirement he moved to Hampstead, NC where he physically built his water front home. He learned to fly at the age of, 49, taught ground school for four years and then all levels of flying licenses. His greatest joy was flying for Angel Flight – flying patients and organ donations to hospitals. He especially loved taking little children to Shriner’s hospitals. He was founder of Topsail State Bank which eventually became Toronto Dominion Bank. He was Chairman of the Pender County Rescue Squad, Treasurer of the Hampstead Lions club for 24 years, a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, and the American Legion Post 0167. He was a founding member of the PenderWatch and Conservancy.

A Memorial Service will be held on October 12, 2013 at 11am at Saint Andrew’s on the Sound, 101 Airlie Rd. Wilmington.

A reception in the Parish Hall will follow the service.

The family requests that Memorials be sent to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Life Care Center at 1406 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401, or Angel Flight Mid Atlantic, 4620 Haygood Rd. Suite 1, Virginia Beach, VA 23455.

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  • October 08, 2013
    W. C. Norris says:
    May God be with the family at this time of grievance. God bless a good man. W. Norris

  • October 02, 2013
    Barbara Seebaran says:
    Aunt Pat, Dave, Deb and Kim,and the rest of the entire family, Our condolences and sympathies on Uncle Paul's passing away. We will miss him so very much. We are thankful for years of wonderful memories of family gatherings filled with so much laughter and love. He was an amazing man of so many talents. His stories fascinated us and we are sure he is eating ice cream in heaven between flying with his new wings. God Bless you all and our prayers of comfort are surrounding you at this sad time for those he left on this earth. I love you all Barbara.