Bradford Hiram Henry Howe, 76, of Vergennes

VERGENNES — Bradford Hiram Henry Howe, the man with four names, left us for a better place on Aug. 31, 2021. He was named after our descendant, Governor William Bradford, the first Governor of Massachusetts and Mayflower passenger, both facts dad had great pride in. A devoted father, husband, friend and civil servant he touched the hearts of many. He will be greatly missed by all.

Born Feb. 15, 1946 in Richford, Vt., a proud 8th-generation Vermonter, he is survived by his two daughters, Carrie Barrows and Christina Marshall. They are his second biggest accomplishment, his first being his Navy service at Gitmo (inside joke with dad). With that said he was very proud of his military service. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1963 to 1967. He then went on to serve for 31 years in the Vermont National Guard, retiring in Nov. 2004.

His other source of pride was his grandsons Sevie and Barret, Carrie and David Barrows’ sons. He enjoyed inventing games with them as kids and watching them grow into young men. He also leaves his daughters in the loving and protective hands of his sons-in-law, David Barrows and Allen Marshall — something that gave him great peace.

In addition, he leaves behind his sister, Patience Willey, and his brother, Daniel Howe, plus many nieces and nephews. A special thank you to his brother Daniel Howe for his support on this journey. We could not have done it without dad’s little brother.

Thank you also to Phil Nowell for being such an amazing friend to dad. We appreciate all you have done.

Brad was a constant volunteer to the community — Vergennes school board, Legion color guard, Lions Club and the Grange to name just a few. He began his career with Simmonds Precision in June 1968 and due to his hard-working nature, he was able to navigate over 41 years with the same company through multiple lay-offs and transitions before retiring.

Brad battled dementia for the last several years and sadly it took his mind even when his body was still strong. He moved into Eastview at Middlebury in Oct. 2020 and left an impression on all that came in contact with him. Thank you to the staff for all that they did to care for him and keep him safe.

Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made in his memory to the Vergennes Lions Club, PO Box 94, Vergennes, VT 05491, or Vergennes Area Seniors, c/o Jackie Degree, 2038 Greenbush Rd., N. Ferrisburgh, VT 05473. Due to the recent COVID flare-up, the family is planning a private service. To send online condolences to his family visit www.brownmcclayfuneralhomes.com. For those who can’t attend the funeral service, a video of the service will be located on the bottom of his obituary on the Brown McClay website.◊

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