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Thomas P. Howes, 84

Thomas Prince Howes, 84, a longtime Westport resident, died Oct. 28. He was 84.

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Thomas Howes: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

He was born on June 16, 1934 in Boston, the son of Richard and Ann Howes, and grew up in Weymouth and Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

He met Roxanne Diaz while attending Columbia Business School in 1958 and the two were married in 1960. Tom and Rox spent 60 happy years together, and had three sons, Tom, Ted and Scott. They lived in Westport from 1969 to 2012.

Tom graduated from Harvard University in 1956, and spent two years in the Army at Fort Sill Oklahoma. He thereafter graduated from Columbia Business School in 1960 and embarked on a successful career in business.

Tom served as CEO of several industrial companies, including Esterline Corporation (an electronics company) and Seatrain Shipbuilding Corporation.

In both business and his personal life, Tom was known for looking ahead and not dwelling on the past. He liked to say: “What’s the point of worrying about something that has already happened?”

From the beginning of his life, Tom loved the sea. His earliest and fondest memories were the summers he spent with his parents and five brothers and sisters in Cape Cod, digging for clams and breathing the salt air.

The only reason he moved from Pequot Trail to Stony Point Road in 1978 was to own a home with a view of Long Island Sound.

Whether on his back patio or slumped in a chair on a beach, one of Tom’s favorite things to do was to read by the sea. As often as not, he could be found simply staring at the ocean with his book in his lap.

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Tom remained an avid and loyal Red Sox fan his entire life, even as his three sons came to love the Yankees during their winning seasons of the late 1970’s.

On the day Tom died, the Red Sox won the World Series. His sons like to believe the Sox did it for Dad.

Above all else, Tom was a devoted husband, dedicated father, and beloved grandfather. He will be missed.

Survivors include his wife Roxanne; three children, Tom, Ted and Scott; seven grandchildren, Meg, Lilly, Sam, Charlie, Holly, Kacey and Libby; one brother, Paul; two sisters, Beth and Merry Ann; and many nephews and nieces. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Dick, and his sister Nancy.

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