Obituary of John R. Howell
Howell, John R.
Greece: April 28, 2018, at the age of 54. John is predeceased by his father, Floyd Howell; brothers, Gerald Howell & Robert Pasquale; step-father, Rolland Gage. He is survived by his devoted wife, Jennifer (Orden) Howell; children, Patric Howell, Jeremy (Jorden) Howell, Michael (Kristen) Bifarella, Amanda Howell, Tyler Howell & Joseph Howell; grandchildren, Adriana, Patric Jr, Carson & Olivia; mother, Marlene Gage; siblings, Thomas (Teresa) Basch, Donnie Howell, Lisa (Jeff) Raetz, Ronnie Pasquale, Bernie Howell & Dawnette (Robert) Helm; many nieces, nephews & cousins.
John’s visitation will be held 4-8 PM on Wednesday, May 2nd at the funeral home, 1411 Vintage Lane. His funeral service will be celebrated 11:00 am on Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the American Heart Association, PO Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220-3049 or the American Cancer Association, 6725 Lyons St, PO Box 7,
East Syracuse, NY 13057 in John’s memory.
John was born on January 20, 1964 to Floyd and Marlene Howell. He grew up in a big family with 6 siblings, Tom, Don, Lisa, Robert, Ron & Jerry. John was an avid reader and graduated from high school a year early. He went on to attend Vocational School and earned his credentials as an Electrician. John joined the Airforce and served in the military for 2 years. He had to repeat boot camp for “being a smartass.”
John met his wife Jennifer at work and they have been married for 12 and a half years. They cherished their 6 children, Patric, Jeremy, Michael, Amanda, Tyler and Joey. John enjoyed many memorable events in life, like Christmas where he hung hundreds of lights on his house that it could be seen a mile away. While spending time with family in the Thousand Islands, he would build the biggest bonfires for everyone to enjoy. During Easter he would practically buy out Andy’s Candies for his children (and for himself!). At Thanksgiving, John would make the biggest and best turkey so there would always be leftovers. And he made sure there were enough pies to feed the family and the neighborhood for a week.
John was a Buffalo Bills football fan and he loved hosting his annual draft party. During his free time, he liked to “make donations” to Turning Stone Casino and drive his boat as fast as he could. If you were brave enough to go tubing while he was driving the boat, he would throw you off. John liked to listen to soft rock music and the music group, The Bee Gee’s. On T.V. he watched 48 Hours, Deadliest Catch, Star Trek and John Wayne movies. His favorite sayings were “It is what it is” and “Go big or go home.”
John loved his family; his house was always open to all and were welcome all the time. John adored his wife Jennifer and spoiled her rotten! Whatever she wanted, he got her. But more importantly, John made sure Jennifer knew how much he loved her, cared for her, tended to her and supported Jennifer in everything she did. John loved his children and was a wonderful provider. He instilled values, morals and helped them build great character. John was proud to be their dad and he enjoyed spoiling his grandchildren as well. He also had a loving relationship with his nieces and nephews as he would give them candy when their parents said no. John liked to play jokes on them, stealing their socks and hiding them around the house, like in fans and light fixtures.
John took great pride in running his business. He built 17 from the ground up and it was a great success! Being on time for John was of utmost importance and for him it meant 10 minutes early. He was very meticulous about the quality of his work and the condition of his warehouse. It was known by many that “it was John’s way or it was wrong.” But he did have a huge heart for second, third and tenth chances – John would fire you on Friday and call you back on Monday! He was a great business man. John was very generous, if he had it, so did you. He worked hard to improve his home, so he could share it with everyone he knew. John was a child at heart. He always wanted to have fun and made sure others around him enjoyed themselves too. John’s legacy will always be remembered and his spirit for life will remain in the hearts of those who loved him. John will be dearly missed by many family and friends.