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Howard A. Shumway
  • September 22, 1945
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  • January 31, 2021

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Groveland, FL – Howard “Howie” A. Shumway, 75, passed away peacefully at his home on January 31, 2021 after a short illness. Born in New Bedford, MA on September 22, 1945 to the late Orsman A. and Marion D. (Shurtleff) Shumway, Howie is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Muriel “Bunny” D. (Tremblay) Shumway; his son Paul C. Shumway and partner Renu Noppakhun of Doi Saket, Chiang Mai, Thailand; his daughter Lisa J. Shumway of Glen Ellyn, IL; and several nieces, nephews, and other extended family members. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Carolyn (Shumway) Marshall.

Howie grew up in Fairhaven, MA and graduated from Fairhaven High School in 1963 and from Massachusetts Radio, TV, and Electronics School in Boston, MA in 1965. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1965-1966. He had a 30+ year career at Commonwealth Energy / NSTAR. He and Bunny lived for 35 years in East Freetown, MA before retiring to Honolulu, HI and then to Groveland, FL. For many years Howie was an active member of Mullein Hill Baptist Church in Lakeville, MA and had served as a deacon, trustee, and volunteer at the church and at Mullein Hill Christian Academy. He was a lifelong tennis player and recently especially enjoyed the comradery of the many folks with whom he played nearly every morning at Koko Head District Park in Honolulu, HI and at the Trilogy Orlando 55+ community in Groveland, FL.

Playing and performing music was a big part of Howie’s life. For more than 25 years he played the vibraphone and keyboards in “The Coastals” band with his good friends Bob Gagnon, Allen Ponichtera, and the late Ronnie Lyonnais. He was a member of many church-related music groups including those at Mullein Hill; Kaimuki Christian Church in Honolulu, HI; First Chinese Church of Christ in Honolulu, HI; and Horizon Community Church in Downer’s Grove, IL. Most recently he enjoyed being a member of the Trilogy Musician’s Initiative at Trilogy Orlando.

Howie was a wonderful spouse, father, and friend to many. He was a generous guy who unfailingly put others first. In his memory, please do something kind for someone else, be it someone you know or a stranger. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Howie’s memory may be made to Mullein Hill Christian Academy, 25 Staples Shore Rd, Lakeville, MA 02347. His family is grateful for the outpouring of support, prayer, and encouragement from family and friends near and far. Please note that there will be no formal services at this time; a Celebration of Life is planned for a later date at Cornerstone Community Church (formerly Mullein Hill Baptist Church) in Lakeville, MA.


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  1. 09 Feb 2021
    Edward Norton says:
    Hi Bunny, I talked with our friend Dan Saravia today he and gave me the bad news. I am so sorry for your loss, the pain of losing a loved one is difficult and it hurts all over. I know you will get through this trying time because you have faith in the Lord and the love of your family and friends. Your friend, Ed Norton

  2. 05 Feb 2021
    Karen (Burton) Frenette says:
    Bunny, Lisa, and Paul,
    I was so saddened to hear of Howie’s passing. What a great guy- always willing to help others, and with such an enthusiasm for life and service. Praying you will be wrapped in God’s comfort at this time. Love to you, Karen (Burton) Frenette

  3. 03 Feb 2021
    Margaret & Karen Medeiros says:
    Muriel, Paul & Lisa,
    We are so sorry for your loss. May all the wonderful cherished memories warm your hearts and sooth your souls.
    With love & sympathy,
    Margaret & Karen Medeiros
    Fall River, MA.

  4. 03 Feb 2021
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  6. 03 Feb 2021
    Diane Fronzaglia says:
    Our deepest sympathy to your family. Howie was such a great man and always so kind to our family. Love, Don & Diane Fronzaglia

  7. 03 Feb 2021
    Judy Bresolin lit a candle:
    Lit since February 3, 2021 at 2:26:10 AM

  8. 02 Feb 2021
    Michelle Lang says:
    Bunny, Paul and Lisa, we are so very sorry for your loss. We pray for God’s comfort and peace for you all.
    Dave and Michelle Lang

  9. 02 Feb 2021
    John Kinsley says:
    Bunny, Paul and Lisa, Memories of the Bible study at your house, meetings over the years with all of you bring smiles and sadness right now. Howie was a special person to many of us. Blessings and love. John

  10. 02 Feb 2021
    Missy O’Regan says:
    Thoughts & prayers with all of you!

  11. 02 Feb 2021
    David and Connie Shumway says:
    We offer our sincerest condolences to Bunny and family. He had a fun loving heart and it was always pleasant to talk to him.

  12. 02 Feb 2021
    Connie Brestle Shumway says:
    We were so sorry to hear of Howie’s passing. We prayed for a recovery when learning of his illness. Sending loving prayers and hugs to Bunny and the family.
    Connie, David & Christopher Shumway

  13. 02 Feb 2021
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  15. 02 Feb 2021
    Ken Casilhas/Com Electric says:
    My prayers and sympathy go to the family. May he keep on hitting that ball wherever he goes in the heavenly tennis courts.
    Our life here on earth is so short.

  16. 02 Feb 2021
    Julie Villeneuve lit a candle:
    Lit since February 2, 2021 at 2:12:41 PM

  17. 02 Feb 2021
    Julie Villeneuve says:
    I'm sorry to hear about Howie's passing, my prayers to Bunny, Paul and Lisa. He was always so kind and helpful to me when attending MHBC and grew ever more fondly of him when he always showed up and helped us in any we needed at MHCA. I will miss him dearly, praying for comfort and gentleness for you all at this sad time. Love you all ❤
    Julie Villeneuve

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