Owen B. Howarth
ONEONTA — Owen B. Howarth, 90, of Oneonta and formerly of the Town of Meredith, passed away on Sunday, March 31, 2013, at the A.O. Fox Nursing Home.
Owen was born on July 11, 1922, in New Rochelle, the son of John O. and Jane (Barrett) Howarth.
On April 18, 1949, he married Kathleen Feeney at Holy Family Church in New Rochelle.
During World War II, he served in the Army anti-aircraft division in Panama and the Galapagos Islands
He was a 1949, graduate of Iona College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and in 1971, he received his master’s degree in education from SUNY Oneonta.
In 1951, he purchased a dairy farm in the town of Meredith, and also operated a maple syrup business for 38 years. He was active in the community, serving 12 years as supervisor for the town of Meredith on the Delaware County Board of Supervisors.
He was a longtime board member of Delaware Opportunities, Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation District and the West Kortright Centre. He served as a board member and president of the Delaware County Electric Cooperative, receiving the Governor Aitken Award for his dedication to rural electrification on local and regional levels.
He served as the operating officer of the Meredith Insurance Co., and was on the Franklin Insurance Co. board. He served as an honor guard for the Delhi American Legion Post 190, and was a member of the VFW.
Owen was a former teacher at Charlotte Valley School and BOCES.
He was a former member of St. Mary’s Parish Council, St. Theresa’s Chapel and a 50-year member of the Knights of Columbus.
Owen enjoyed traveling, as well as coin collecting. He was an avid stamp collector, and in later years took up hand leather bookbinding.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; his son, Mark; his grandchildren, Lucas, Ian, Colin and Caitlin Howarth of Tucson, Ariz.; his sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Young of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Anne Feeney of New Rochelle. He is also survived by many special cousins; and a special friend, Christa Keller.