Howard Fleming Vultee Jr. passed away peacefully at his home in West Rockport on June 1, 2011, at the age of 75.

He was born Dec. 27, 1935, and was the son of Carrie Maynard and Howard F. Vultee of Ridgewood, N.J.

He was a graduate of the Choate School, Princeton University, where he earned a degree in mechanical engineering, and the New York University Business School, where he earned his MBA and graduated with distinction. He then spent a year studying Russian Literature (in French) at the Universite de Genève in Switzerland and served in the U.S. Army Reserve, Corps of Engineers.

Howard met his wife, Lila, in 1963, and after marrying in 1965, spent the first few years of their marriage in New York City.

In 1969 they moved to San Francisco where they adopted their two sons, Erik and Forrest, then moved to Hillsborough, Calif., finally settling in Camden in 1991.

Howard began his career in New York with Eastman Dillon Union Securities, specializing in corporate finance, before joining Booth Computer in San Francisco in 1969. Following his time at Booth Computer, he worked for nearly two decades at Merrill Lynch’s investment banking arm in Northern California. Before retiring, he also served as founder and principal of Vultee Capital Inc.

Howard had been a member of the Investment Association of New York. He was also the founder and first president of the San Francisco Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth and was a supporting member for many years. In 1985 he founded and was the president of the Santa Clara chapter of The Association for Corporate Growth. After his move to Camden he became a member of the West Bay Rotary.

A lifelong lover of music, Howard was a member of Blue Hill Troupe Ltd. in New York City. In Maine, he sang with the Penobscot Bay Singers and Down East Singers, and particularly enjoyed participating in and singing during performances of two Christmas Feast fundraisers for the Camden Opera House. He was a board member and treasurer of Maine Grand Opera, sang in the chorus as well as singing small roles in two of their performances. He loved playing classical guitar, was an avid hunter and traveler, and followed his passions around the world.

Howard was predeceased by his beloved sister Lynn in 1961.

He is survived by his wife, Lila Hazelton Vultee; and two sons, Erik and his wife, Robin, of West Rockport and Forrest and his wife, Annabelle, of Charlestown, Mass. He is also survived by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In keeping with his wishes, there will be no formal services. A celebration of Howard’s life will be scheduled during the summer.

If desired, memorial gifts may be made to the Camden Area Christian Food Bank, 128 Mt. Battie Street, Camden, ME 04843; or to the food bank of one’s choice.

Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain St. in Camden.