Howard R. Jones

OAKLAND – Howard R. Jones, 75, passed away peacefully on March 31, 2021 at home with his loving family at his side. He was the husband of Linda (Bulmer) Jones with whom he shared 53 years of marriage.Howard was born in Waterville on Jan. 4, 1946 to Robert B. and Doris (Willette) Jones who predeceased him, along with his two older brothers, Deane and Bruce.Howie was a resident of Oakland for many years and previously resided and grew up in Waterville. He was a graduate of Waterville High School class of 1965 and he attended Maine Maritime.Howard started his long career as a building materials sales rep at Superior Column. After a long successful career in the industry, he retired from Huttig Building Materials in 2015. In 2015, he received the RLDAM Lifetime Achievement Award. He continued to do consultant work with Reeb, Protecto Wrap, and Prime Source until his death.Howie loved being outside working around his house, down at the lake, or taking walks with his wife and dogs. He enjoyed spending time with his friends and family, especially if they were fishing or hunting. Howie was fortunate to fish all over the continent, including Montana, Alaska, and Cabo San Lucas. He also enjoyed hunting all over the globe in places like North Carolina, Colorado, Spain, England, and South America. One of his most memorable hunting excursions was a month-long safari in Tanzania, Africa. Howie would say though that nothing could beat his times spent hunting in his home state of Maine, especially with his grandson. They would often go deer hunting after school and were also able to go on a couple bison hunts and one moose hunt together. Howie also took pleasure in playing softball, golf, hockey, skiing and dirt bike racing.In addition to his loving wife Linda, Howie is survived by his daughter Carolyn Bridges and her husband Erik of Oakland and their son, Rhys; his sister-in-law, Patricia Jones of Scarborough; many nieces and nephews; and three special cousins Gary and his wife Terry of Sherborn, Mass., Barbara Hauter of California, and John Hauter of New York. Lastly, Howie leaves behind his devoted English Pointer, Annie.A Celebration of Life will be held on June 26 at 10 a.m. at the Faith Evangelical Free Church at 250 Kennedy Memorial Drive, Waterville. An interment at Pine Grove Cemetery will be done later with family. Arrangements are in the care of the Wheeler Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Oakland where condolences to the family may be shared on the obituary page of the website http://www.familyfirstfuneralhomes.com.In lieu of flowers, donations in Howie’s memory may be made toGood Shepard Food Bank of Maine,P.O. Box 1807,Auburn, ME 04211 orPine Tree Camps,149 Front St.,Bath ME 04530.

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