Rochester: Died peacefully on January 8, 2019, age 86, at Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center, Rochester, NY. Predeceased by his loving wife of 37 years, Susan (Gurian) Howe, his son, Jeffery Howe and his ex-wife, Ruth Hugenbruch. Survived by son David (Cynthia Williams) Howe; daughter Julie Howe; brothers David (Carol) Howe, Douglas Howe, and James (Mark Davis) Howe; grandchildren McKenzie Howe, and Nathan and Kendra Lee; and many much loved in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Lee was born in Pulaski, NY to the Reverend Lee Howe, Jr. and Lonnelle (Crossley) Howe. Lee’s father was a Baptist preacher and the family lived in various towns, including Pulaski, Oneida and Webster. Humor, mostly in the form of jokes, puns and word-play, was an important part of family life, as well as word- and card-games.
In his youth, Lee discovered the trumpet, and so began a life-long love affair with jazz, especially big band jazz. He loved playing his trumpet, and would play at every opportunity throughout most of his life. He graduated from Fredonia State Teacher’s College in 1954 with a master’s degree in Elementary Education. He taught at Lincoln Avenue School in Pittsford and for the remainder of his career he continued to serve the educational needs of children as Principal at Jefferson Road, Thornell Road and Allen Creek Elementary Schools.
He was a member of the Perinton Concert Band for many years. He also was one of the founders of the Pittsford Federal Credit Union. Lee and Susan were avid golfers and played with a regular group for many years. Lee was well loved by family and friends as a gentle, soft-spoken, humorous and kind man, who enjoyed life to the fullest and wanted the same for others.
A memorial service is planned for 2 pm March 10, 2019 at the Downstairs Cabaret, 3450 Winton Place, Rochester, NY 14623. In lieu of sending flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society of Greater Rochester.