Howard B. Stetson

Feb 01, 2019
Howard Stetson

Warren — Howard B. Stetson, 93, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving sister, Margaret, and his caregivers Brenda, Joanne, Sandra, Deborah and Kate Jan. 30, 2019.

Howard was born May 21, 1925, to Harold L. Stetson Sr. and Leone S. (Currier) Stetson in Thomaston. Howard attended local schools, including Thomaston High School. After high school he joined the Navy and served in the Pacific during World War II. After he returned from the service, Howard worked in a shoe factory. In August of 1951 he married Helen Carroll at St. Peters Episcopal Church in Rockland. He and Helen enjoyed 58 years of marriage prior to her passing in 2009.

In 1952 he started an autobody shop in Warren, then in 1965 he began selling MGB vehicles. In 1967 he opened his legendary Saab dealership and operated that for more than 40 years until he retired. Howard was a top seller of Saabs for many years and was fond of recounting his visit to Sweden to tour Saab headquarters.

Howard was a member of the St. George Masonic Lodge 16, the Scottish Rite, the Eastern Star and was a member of the Shriners. He had a passion for ice racing and was instrumental in organizing ice races on North Pond and Chickawaukie Pond. Howard was an avid follower of NASCAR and he also loved driving fast. He was notorious for either outrunning the police or talking his way out of a ticket. Howard was a daredevil, and in his younger years, he learned how to pilot an airplane. He decided to impress his mother by buzzing his plane low over their home, much to the delight of all his younger siblings and the dismay of his mother. Howard was also a generous man, donating the land where the Masonic Hall was built.

Howard enjoyed his time with the Sunday Brunch Crew at the American Legion in Rockland. Every Sunday morning, Howard, his brother Walter, his brother-in-law Frank and his good friend Jeff would make the trek (at high speeds!) to the legion, where they would take the head table and laugh all morning. Howard also enjoyed spending time at his cottage at Crawford Lake, having cookouts and racing his boat across the water.

Howard was predeceased by his wife, Helen Stetson, in 2009, brothers Harold Stetson, Oswald Stetson and Kenneth Stetson, sisters Helen Gagnon, Elizabeth Noyes, half-siblings Waneta Asta-Ferrero, Walter Butler Jr. and Kay Leary.

He is survived by his sisters, Margaret Damewood of Warren, Audrey Downs of Portsmouth, N.H., and Pauline Wright of Groveland, Mass.; as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Visiting hours will be Friday, Feb. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m., with a Masonic Memorial service led by officers of The St. George Lodge of Warren at 6:30 p.m. and a funeral service will be held Saturday, Feb. 9, at 1 p.m., both at Hall Funeral Home, 949 Main St., Waldoboro, Following the service, there will be a reception at the Masonic Lodge, Route 90,  Warren .

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