Richard G. Howatt


Richard G. Howatt, 79, entered into eternal peace on Sunday, July 4, 2021. Richard was born in Hudson, N.Y. on February 1, 1942.

He was the son of the late Edward C. and Frieda Colbeck Howatt.

When Richard was born, his mother was told that he would-never walk or talk. Far from it, not only did Richard walk and talk, he was an avid reader, had a photographic memory and worked several jobs. Through out his life, Richard managed to navigate all of the labyrinth obstacles in order to fulfill some of his endeavors.

While a young boy, Richard (along with his 4 siblings) played the trumpet in a family musical group. At one point, Richard belonged to a band, and the music was recorded on an album.

Richard did numerous tasks at the Coark Mellenville workshop and elsewhere. He also worked for a time at Ralph’s Restaurant in Chatham, NY (Where he liked to spend time with visiting relatives).

While a resident in Germantown, NY, his favorite restaurant to spend visits with relatives was Otto’s on Main St. He loved to take long walks, loved to read the daily Register-Star and enjoyed numerous trips to Fairs and places of interest and was quite Independent, preferring to follow his ‘chosen paths’...

Richard was a friendly and polite person who always said ‘Thank you’-’God Bless’, ‘Peace Be With You’. While a resident of Chatham, Richard attended - regularly-Sunday services at the Chatham Methodist Church. His most treasured possession was his bible.

Richard is survived by his 2 sisters, Flora Howatt Ramonowski and Marie Howatt VanNostrand, and a number of cousins, nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews..

Richard’s family wishes to thank all of the wonderful people who have watched over Richard and guided and helped him along his ‘way-in-life’. Staff at the residences where Richard resided,over the years, (Chatham, Germantown, Hudson) COARK team @ workshop Mellenville, NY (Maria Hendrickson and caring staff), Linnea Williams-COARK nurse and assistants, John Repko, Deb DePeyser, Brigette and staff at Carle Ave. doctors,nurses and staff at Columbia Memorial Hospital, Cheryl and staff at Ravich Residence, Hudson, NY,and Dawn and staff of Columbia-Greene Hospice and their compassionate, tender care during his final days.

As Richard would say: “God Bless and Peace Be With You”

A memorial will be held at Carle Avenue, Hudson, N.Y. (Date and time to be announced at a later date).

Memorial contributions may be made In Richard’s name to: COARC - P.O. Box 2 - 630 Route 217 Mellenville, NY 12544

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