William Noble Howarth, 82, of Clearwater, Fla., formerly of Avoca, died at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, N.H., on Friday evening.
Born in Honesdale, he was a son of the late Noble and Mabel (Beck) Howarth. He was a graduate of Avoca High School and earned an associate’s degree in drafting from Penn State University. Bill was a U.S. Navy Veteran, Petty Officer 3rd Class, having served in World War II. Before his retirement, he was employed by D&H Railroad and the Addressograph-Multigraph Corp.
A great father, brother, uncle and a good friend, Bill loved traveling and made it a point to visit family and friends along the stopping points on his journeys.
He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Alice Grella Orlosky, who died in 1989; a sister, Jeanette Vermack; and a granddaughter, Lynn Orlosky Mullen.
Surviving are a stepson, John Orlosky, and wife Jacqueline; grandson David Orlosky; and great-granddaughter Crystal Mullen, all of Pittston Township; two sisters, Virginia Price, Bridgeville, Del.; and Anita Ormand and husband Lloyd, Fort Myers, Fla.; brother Donald and wife Janet, Jupiter, Fla.; his companion, Shirley Cobb, Florida; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be Friday at 10 a.m. at the Ruane & Regan Funeral Home, 1308 Grove St., Avoca, with the Rev. Dr. Susan Ezell officiating. Interment, following the service, will be at Langcliffe Cemetery, Avoca.
Friends may call Thursday, from 5 to 8 p.m.