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William T. "Billy" Howes

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020
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William T. "Billy" Howes of Westford, MA, died unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. He was 57 years old.

The son of the late John F' "Jack" Howes who died in 2013, he is survived by his wife of 22 years, Cheri V. (Gilmore) Howes and their son John W. Howes, both of Westford; his step-son Matthew Vaillancourt of Fitchburg; his mother Lorraine E. (Cuddy) Howes of Florida; 6 brothers and sisters: John "Jack" Howes and wife Cindy of Shirley, MA, Denise Sawyer and husband Ray of Acton, MA, Edward Howes and wife Cindy of Hudson, MA, Janice Howes of Lancaster, MA, Diane Howes Cooke and husband Tom of Deep Run, NC, and Laura Luker of Edgewater, FL; his lifelong, best friend Lonnie Shorette of Maynard; and many, many nieces, nephews and their families.

Born in Concord and raised in Maynard, MA, Billy attended the Maynard schools and was a graduate of Assabet Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School in Marlborough, MA. Bill was employed for over 30 years with Milton Cat in Milford, MA; first as a heavy equipment operator and more recently as a sales representative. He lived in Leominster for a short time before moving with this wife and family to Maynard, then resided in Pepperell for 18 years prior to a recent move to Westford.

Billy loved NHRA drag racing and NASCAR, and was a football fan. He appreciated his co-workers at Milton Cat, and especially enjoyed time with family and friends, attending races and family gatherings. His family was most grateful to have spent time with him last week, celebrating his son John's graduation from high school. He will be deeply missed by all.

Due to current restrictions on the size of gatherings for funerals, the service at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in Acton, MA and burial with his father in Glenwood Cemetery, Maynard, MA are private.

For those who wish to make donations in Bill's name, a GoFundMe has been established to benefit the college fund for his son Johnny. The link to copy and paste to your browser is as follows:


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Fred Dutile III

Posted at 09:19pm
Billy and family,
My heart hurts for all of you. The photos, the words that others have written, the conversations, laughs, smiles and irreplacable moments that have been shared with and by so many over the wonderful life we where all so fortunate to have with Billy. Of course non so cherished as his family. He will most definetly will be missed, he will never ever be forgotten. I have never met your whole family Bill but I know if they are anything like you that is my loss. To them I ask please accept my most heartfelt feelings for the loss of your loved one. Let's all know that his memories will live on forever.

Nice Legacy Chunks! Rest In Peace.


Becky Cuddy

Posted at 10:39am
To Lorraine, Cheri, Johnny, Matthew and the entire Howes family,
I'm so sad about Billy's passing, and extend my deepest sympathy to all of you. I'll always remember how Billy brought joy and laughter to all of our family parties and gatherings. Uncle Ed and I always looked forward to his and Cheri's visits. He will be sorely missed.
Aunt Becky


Posted at 10:16am
My sincerest sympathy to Bills family for there loss.He was a good friend I worked with for many years. Joe Hetu


Posted at 04:09pm
Sincerest Sympathy to You Cheri, John, Matt, Mrs. Howes and the entire Howes Family.
Great guy to talk and laugh with. As he would often say to me, "Keep your head up".
Not enough words to say how Kind, Helpful, and Knowledgeable he was with the Big Iron.
Will miss ya Billy. Godspeed my man

Angela Kelley

Posted at 11:33am
I couldn’t believe when Cheri told me Billy was gone. He always had a tight hug, a smile and a laugh to share when I’d see him. He and Cheri were made for each other, they adored one another. He was a hard worker, devoted husband and father and friend... we will miss you Billy. Say hi to my brother and give him a hug from me ❤️🙏

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