Obituary of Howard S. Beardsley
Howard S. Beardsley, 85, of Manchester, passed away with his loving wife and family by his side in the comfort of his home on Sunday, December 4th, 2022. Son of the late George Howard II and Amelia (Bove) Beardsley, he was born on October 25, 1937, in Providence, Rhode Island.
Howard spent his formative years in Vermont before moving to Connecticut as a teenager. Howard was passionate about sports and was a fantastic basketball player. He often shared fond memories of his early athletic career, especially those involving his father, his most influential coach. Howard loved basketball and there was no bigger UCONN Huskies fan.
Howard loved his family more than anything in the world. As a child the most important people in his life were his parents, as well as his brothers and sisters. As an adult this did not change. He was extremely close with his parents and his best friends were his brothers and sisters.
Howard married the love of his life, Renee on August 30, 1975. They both had a passion for travel and shared many great trips together. In their latter years they both enjoyed visiting their children and grandchildren in North Carolina and Florida, as well as their time in Nashville.
Howard was an amazing father to Lisa, George and Tracy. Nothing brought him greater joy than spending time with his kids. On summer nights, they would repeatedly stay up all night playing games, laughing and telling stories.
Besides his loving wife, Renee, Howard is survived by his children, George Beardsley, Lisa Antonik & husband Troy, and Tracy Martin; his grandchildren, Emma and Paige Antonik and Tyler and Kirsten Martin; his siblings, Georgi Szydlowski & husband Steve, and Bart Beardsley & wife Gail; his brother and sister-in-law, Willie Lagasse and Ann Beardsley; and many loved nieces and nephews including his godsons Tommy Lagasse & Bobby Sparks and goddaughter, Margaret Kinney. He was predeceased by his siblings, Bette Cattelan, Eddie Beardsley, Joan Brochu and Lonnie Lagasse, and his niece and goddaughter Julie Brochu.
Relatives and friends may call upon the John F. Tierney Funeral Home, 219 West Center St. in Manchester, on Monday, December 12th from 3pm to 6pm for calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday, December 13th at 11am at St. James Church, 896 Main St. in Manchester followed by burial at St. James Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to be made in Howard’s honor to the Alzheimer’s Association or St. Jude Children’s Hospital. For online condolences, please visit www.tierneyfuneralhome.com.
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