Howard III, Samuel Thomas, Age: 85, Eatontown

August 8, 2016
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Samuel Thomas Howard III, 85, of Eatontown, passed away on Thursday, July 7 in Palm Beach, Florida. Sam, known to his family and friends as “Bud,” was a lifelong resident of Eatontown. He was the son of the late Samuel and Elsie O’dell-Howard.

A graduate of Long Branch High School and the first four-year class of Monmouth College, he was a loyal supporter of both schools. Bud was a proud veteran of the Korean War serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Tarawa for two world tours. He was a member of the American Legion and VFW.

Bud worked for several years in New York City. He was a controller at Cowles Communication, Look Magazine and Family Circle. Later he was a vice president of Finance at the New York Times.

Prior to retirement, Bud worked in the accounting office at the Communications Electronics Command Fort Monmouth. In 2001, always up for a new experience, Bud opened Lavish Lighting in Shrewsbury where he worked until his stroke in December 2015. He was truly a “fixture” at the store and was happy to serve his local community.

During his life he was involved in service to his community as a volunteer firefighter in Eatontown and as a lifeguard in Long Branch. He also was an exceptional bowler, winning several trophies for perfect scores in the EAI league.

Bud was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Dolores Cattani Howard; and his sister, Lois Suffill. He is survived by his daughters, Dawne Howard Henderson and Cynthia Flannigan and their spouses Frank and Tim. Bud has two grandchildren who by his account are simply “marvelous” Danielle and Tyler. Samuel “Bud” Howard will always be remembered for his love of family, friends and country.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, August 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad Street, Red Bank ( A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, August 12 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Dorothea’s 240 Broad Street in Eatontown. Interment will follow mass.

In lieu of flowers, Bud requested donations be made to his alma mater Monmouth University. Please make checks payable to Monmouth University and in a note indicating: For the Samuel T. Howard III Scholarship Fund. The mailing address is Monmouth University, Office of External Affairs, 400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch, NJ 07764.

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