Jay Howard, 64, of Center Conway passed away on July 8, 2019, after a tough two-year battle with cancer. He died peacefully in his home surrounded by his wife and kids.
Jay grew up in Somerset, Mass., the son of Horden and Marilyn (Norbury) Howard and moved to the valley in 1983 with his wife, Toni, and newborn son Nick.
For a few years he helped operate a family-owned campground off West Side Road with his parents and sister. In 1986, he moved his family to East Conway to their first home, making room for the addition of his daughter Corrie.
Jay worked maintenance at several resorts in the valley for the next 30-plus years, most notably Eastern Inns, Eastern Slope Inn and The White Mountain Hotel. Jay loved riding his Harley and spending time with close friends, and was a diehard New England sports fan.
Jay very much loved the outdoors. He was an avid fisherman and loved camping with his family. He developed a close relationship with nature and animals throughout his life. However, it was his family that Jay held most dear, especially his wife, Toni.
Toni and Jay celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary this past April. Toni stayed by Jay’s side until the very end, taking care of him and fighting valiantly as a team.
Jay was inspirational to everyone who knew him, but this amazing fight was no surprise to the few that truly knew him.
The family includes wife Toni Howard of Center Conway; a son, Nicholas J. Howard and his wife Elaine of Strafford: a daughter, Corrie Spaulding and her husband Josh of Portsmouth; a granddaughter, Cadence Howard; a sister, Lindelle Gorham of Center Conway; a nephew, Adam Gorham; and brothers-in-laws Alex and Billy Infantino.
Visiting hours will be held Friday, July 12, from 6-8 p.m. at the Furber and White Funeral Home in North Conway.
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In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation, who were incredibly supportive during this difficult time.