1932 – 2016

SOUTH PARIS — Gordon Paul “Gordie” Howe, 83, died Wednesday, April 13, at the Maine Veterans’ Home in South Paris. He was a resident of Hanover.

Born in Williamsburg, Mass., on Oct. 17, 1932, he was a son of Henry E. and Ethel May (Allen) Howe. He was a graduate of Gould Academy in Bethel, Class of 1951. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. Gordie was the former postmaster in Hanover and he also owned and operated Howe’s General Store in Hanover for many years. He was a communicant of the Parish of the Holy Savior St. Athanasius — St. John Church in Rumford. He was a volunteer for Hospice for more than 25 years.

He was married in Norway on Nov. 25, 1954, to Joan Cornell, who died in Lewiston on Aug. 15, 2009.

Survivors include four sons, Christopher Howe of Hanover, Matthew Howe and his wife, Paula, of Dixfield, Kevin and his wife, Tara, of New Mexico, and Ryan of New Hampshire; a daughter, Elaine Howe and her partner, Rosemary Howe, of Vermont; a sister, Patricia Ouimette and her husband, Robert, of Massachusetts; a sister-in-law, Tracey Howe of Alabama; many grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren; and special friends, Barbara Kaulback of Rumford and Roxanne Thomas of Mexico.

He was predeceased by a son, Andrew, who died in 2004; a sister, Marilyn Meltzer; and three brothers, Henry, William and Donald.

The family would like to thank the Maine Veterans’ Home of South Paris and a special thanks to the C Unit for their care and kindness.

Friends and relatives are invited to sign the online guest book and share memories with the family at www.meaderandson.com.

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