Christopher P. Howe of Westford


Christopher P. Howe, 56, of Westford died surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill, MA.

He was married to Linda A. Howe with whom he would have celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary on July 30, 2017.

Born in Boston, he was the son of Lucille Howe of N. Chelmsford and the late Robert Howe of Westwood. He graduated from Westwood High School with the class of 1978 and earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University in 1984.

Christopher worked as a Project Manager for Berkeley Building Company of Reading, MA. He had previously worked as a Mechanical Engineer Manager for Amray Inc. and KLA-Tencor of Bedford, MA.

He was a communicant of St. Catherine Church in Westford.

Christopher loved spending time with his girls. He was a kind and compassionate man with a wonderful sense of humor. Christopher was a true and good friend to all.

He enjoyed landscaping and bird-watching and created a birds’ sanctuary in his yard.

Besides his wife and mother he is survived by his daughters, Meaghan Howe of New Boston, NH and Karilynn Howe of Westford; brothers, Robert and his wife, Lois Howe of Taunton, MA, Lawrence and his wife, Judy Frei of Oak Park, IL and Gregory and his wife, Alice Charkes of Brattleboro, VT.

He was brother of the late Richard Howe of San Francisco, CA and the son-in-law of the late Leo and Ann Page of Everett, MA.

Visiting hours Monday, March 20th 3 to 7 P.M. Funeral Tuesday, March 21st  at 9A.M. from the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD, with a funeral Mass at 10A.M. at St. Catherine Church, Westford.

Memorials may be made in his name to the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, 360 North Avenue, Haverhill, MA 01830 or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041.


March 20, 2017
3PM - 7PM
Dolan Funeral Home


March 21, 2017
10 AM
St. Catherine Church, 107 N. Main St. Westford MA 01886
  1. Derek Piette says:

    I am so sorry for missing this a few months ago. I always enjoyed getting together with Chris and others while at Amray/KLA-Tencor. Chris was a great friend, mentor, and person. I will never forget all of the times we played cards, went out to lunch, played golf, or just interacted on numerous topics.

  2. Brian Reiss says:

    My sincere condolences to Linda, Meaghan, Karilynn, and the entire Howe family. I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing. Chris was one of the most amazing individuals I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. During our time together at Amray and softball, Chris lit up the room the minute he walked in. His infectious laugh was so contagious. Rest in peace old friend, you truly are one of the best.

  3. Michael D. Trevisani says:

    My deepest condolences for the passing of Chris. He was one of the easiest guys to talk to and a true gentleman. So personable and in his company you could tell this guy was special.
    Fondly, Michael D. Trevisani

  4. Sharon Federico says:

    I had the pleasure of working with Chris at Amray/KLA for many years. He was always friendly and professional with everyone. My deepest condolences to his family.

  5. Karen Mercurio says:

    There are not enough words to describe what an amazing man Chris was. He spent his life showering love on his ladies and never let them forget they were his world. I always admired how dedicated, kind and patient he was. Life will not be the same without you. May you be at peace and be surrounded by your family in heaven. Keep an eye on us.

  6. William G. Schultz says:

    Remembering Chris since he started with a group of co-op worker/students back at Amray. He had a great sense of humor, patience, creativity, work ethic and much humility. Honored to have worked with him and to call him a friend. So unfortunate that this life was cut so short. Very sorry for your loss.

  7. Marie says:

    My sincere condolences to the family of Christopher. Death is something we will never get use to, in fact, the Bible refers to death as an enemy because it hurts all of us deeply. (1 Corinthians 15:26) God wants us to be able to see and enjoy the company of our loved ones again in a healthy condition (Isaiah 33:28) and for countless generations of time. He promises a time where no family will ever have to mourn the death of a loved ever again at Revelation 21:3,4. This is why we are promised a similar resurrection like Lazarus at John 11:14, 38-39, 43-44. May the memories of Christopher bring you a sense of peace and joy as you begin to heal; and, may God’s promises bring you hope that things will be better in the near future.

  8. Martha Howe Wallace says:

    So sad to hear of Chris’s passing. Know you all are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Ralph and Martha Howe Wallace

  9. Heather Petersen says:

    Dear Mrs.Howe and daughters,
    I worked with Chris at Amray/Kla for 13 years and I’ve never met a nicer man,always had time to say hello or chat with laughter while waiting for prints. Always upbeat and gracious, a wonderful man. I remember seeing pictures in his office of his beautiful girls when I would stop by for signatures. He was a pure soul and this world is a little darker without him in it. I will always remember him. My thoughts are with you in this time of unimaginable grief, I am so sorry for your loss of such a good kind husband and father as well as a great friend and man.
    Heather Petersen, printroom clerk Amray/Kla

  10. Susan Connolly says:

    We are so deeply saddened and will miss Chris so much. Such a kind and devoted father and husband. We will miss waving as we drive by and see him working so lovingly in his beautiful yard. Linda, Meaghan and Karilynn you are in our thoughts every day. Take good care of each other and wrap yourselves in all the wonderful memories you have.

  11. Bob & Joanne Bedell says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all over the loss of Christopher. There are no words to tell you how sad we are.
    Fondest memories of Chris when he would come with Uncle Bob to visit Mom & Dad. Even as young boy he had a huge smile and sweet personality. Truly a special person.
    Our sympathy and love to you all,
    Bob and Joanne Howe Bedell
    Westlake Village, CA.

  12. Doug Wood says:

    I was deeply saddened to hear about the loss of Chris. He was not only a great man, but one of the most intelligent and pleasant people I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. My thoughts are prayers are with the entire Howe family during this most difficult chapter in their lives.

  13. Bob and Deb Howe says:

    You have our deepest sympathy. Our prayers are with your family at this sad time.

  14. Ginny Fontana says:

    I was so sorry to hear of Christopher’s passing. He was a warm, caring and welcoming person. He was always so happy to engage in conversation whenever we would get together for a family gathering. I remember many Sundays when their family all came to see Aunt Many and Uncle Bill. We had such great times. I am proud to say Chris was my cousin, and as a member of the Howe family we have a strong bond and share a love of all our family forever. I send my condolences to Linda and the girls and may Chris Rest In Peace. Ginny and Joe Fontana. The Villages, Florida

  15. Del says:

    I am so very sorry to learn about the death of your loved one. I know that this is a very difficult time for you having lost loved ones in the past, but please know that our loving heavenly father Jehovah knows and understands the many pains that we bear at this time. The Holy Scriptures assures us that our loved ones will live again by means of the resurrection, Please John5:28-29. What a wonderful time that will be! Have faith in the promises of God!

  16. Wayne and Deb Rocheleau says:

    Our thoughts and prayers for the loss of such a wonderful man.

  17. Albert Vandermeer says:

    I met Chris in 1978 when he started working as a mechanical engineer for Amray. Later I worked with Chris “upstairs” in the Engineering room. Chris was a real gentleman. He will be missed. Always happy and sincerely interested in how every body was doing. Goodbye Chris.

  18. John Notte says:

    I was so lucky to have worked with Chris. I learned a lot from his work ethic and his leadership style. He was always eager to get things done, and he made sure that everyone worked together as a team. Even under the most difficult working conditions, he brought everyone together with a good laugh.

  19. Fr. William McSweeney, OMI says:

    Sheila and Allan Roit asked me to offer Mass for the repose of the soul of Christopher Howe and to send a Mass card to his wife,Linda. I sent the card to you,Linda,by way of the regular postal service. I am a Catholic priest and the cousin of Sheila. I officiated at the wedding of Sheila and Allan,where I met Christopher Howe for the first time–he was Allan’s best man. And so, Linda, I want to offer my own personal condolences to you and I will be offering a Mass of Christian for your beloved Christopher this Sunday, the 19th, at the request of Sheila and Allan. May the Lord give you much comfort and peace.

    Fr. William McSweeney, OMI

  20. Vinny Egizi says:

    I have known Chris since 1998. As a long time KLA-Tencor employee I had the opportunity to join the Amray team, and the pleasure of working with Chris. One of the nicest people I have every met. So sorry.

  21. George and Cheryl Popp says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Linda and his daughters. I can only imagine how proud they were of their husband and father. Such a gentleman and great friend. Chris will be forever missed.

  22. Bob Haynes says:

    Sorry for the loss of such a great guy. Chris was one of the best guys I have known as a colleague and friend and I will remember him forever.

  23. Thomas and Veronica Fjeld says:

    Chris was a great person with a kind heart. He was a great mentor and teacher for me as I started in the field of Mechanical Engineering. Our condolences to his loving wife and daughters

  24. Kirk Borovick says:

    I am so sorry for the loss. This is a lost for everyone he knew. He was greatly respected and admired by everyone who had the chance to meet him. I wish I was able to come back to NH to say goodbye and show my respect. He will be in my memories for the rest of my life.

  25. Mike Doherty says:

    Heartbreaking. Chris was the ultimate gentleman and all around great guy. My heart goes out to his lovely wife Linda and his beautiful girls. He will missed terribly by all that knew him!

  26. Jen says:

    God bless you all as you mourn the loss of his presence on earth.

  27. Jim Ruggiero says:

    By far the nicest person I have ever met. He will be missed. Condolences to all of his “girls”.

    Jim and Kathy Ruggiero

  28. Don and Collette says:

    Our deepest condolences, Chris will be missed. A Great family man and awesome friend.

  29. Ann Malm says:

    We will miss Chris very much. He was a perfect gentalman.our thoughts and prayers are with his entire family.

  30. Marcie Day says:

    We are so truly sorry to hear this news. If you ladies ever need anything, please do not hesitate to reach out. He sounded like an unbelievable person, father and husband. May he Rest In Peace.

  31. Sheila and Allan Roit says:

    Chris was a true Renaissance man: a kind and funny man

  32. Jim marchese says:

    Chris was a wonderful husband father and friend. He will be missed by everyone.
    Heart broken

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