James F. Howard, Sr., age 86, of Hamden, passed away on September 3, 2017. Jim was born in Carbondale, PA on November 29, 1930, the son of the late James & Marie (Carvey) Howard. He was predeceased by his wife in 2014, Alice Connor Howard, and his sisters; Alice Wallis, Marie Maholchic, and Betty Howard. Jim is survived by his sons and daughters in-law, James Howard Jr. & his wife Barbara of Hamden, Patrick Howard of Hamden, and Brian Howard & his wife Manon of Wallingford; his grandchildren, Shawn Howard, Kelly (Noah) Vanacore, Colin Howard, Connor Howard, Cole Howard, Gina (Colby) Tytula, and Christian Burdick; great-grandchildren, Harper Rose Vanacore, Rory Vanacore, & Owen Tytula, and several nieces & nephews. Jim was a retired Postal Carrier, working most of his career from the Dixwell Ave. Post Office in Hamden. After his retirement he continued to work part-time at Hamden Memorial Funeral Home and Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home. He was a former member of the Hamden Knights of Columbus, he always enjoyed an NFL Football Game, and was an avid NY Yankees Baseball fan. He was also a proud U.S. Army Veteran, having served in the Korean War. Friends are invited to attend his funeral on Friday, September 8th at 9:15 AM from BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden, followed by his Mass of Christian Burial, to be celebrated at 10:00 AM in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Whitney Ave., Hamden. Interment will follow in Centerville Cemetery. Friends may also visit with his family at the funeral home on Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

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  1. Dear Jim, Pat, Brian and Families, We wish you and your families our deepest condolences. The few times we spent with your father we would have enjoyable conversations. I know he missed your mother very much and now he is with her in heaven and I’m sure his soul elated. Time will heal all wounds of the past and eventually you will all have fond memories that will replace the sorrow.

  2. To Jim, Pat, and Brian, I am so sad & sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. I know he is in a better place & he is with your Mom. We will always have great memories of all the (cook outs) and fun times together.

  3. We’re very sorry to hear about the loss of Uncle Jim. He missed Aunt Al so much, I’m sure they are together again. As kids we used to love when Al and Jimmy came to Carbondale.It is hard to believe that all the Connor’s of that generation are gone.

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