POTSDAM -- Funeral arrangements for educator and community leader E. Stanley Howlett III, 79, Potsdam, who died on Sunday, are set for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Friends may call at the Garner Funeral Service on Tuesday, June 26, from 4 to 8 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 27 at Trinity Episcopal Church on Fall Island at 2 p.m.. Burial will follow the service at the Bayside Cemetery.
Howlett was born in 1932 in Potsdam. He graduated from Potsdam Central in 1950 and went to Albany State College to train as a teacher. He married English teacher Ann Caparis in 1955. He began teaching English in the Albany area before returning to the North Country in 1958, when he was hired by BOCES as a guidance counselor. He was soon hired by Canton Central as a junior-senior high school guidance counselor. During the next 20 years, he served as Director of Guidance, Director of Pupil Services, Coordinator of Sponsored Programs, Director of Instruction, and Assistant Superintendant of Schools before being appointed Superintendent of Schools in 1981. He remained there until his retirement in 1988.
Howlett served his community outside the schoolhouse, too. He was a member of Canton-Potsdam Hospital board of directors for over 20 years, 18 years as chair.
He was chair of the Potsdam Village Zoning Board of Appeals. He also was on the Village Comprehensive Plan Committee. He was a longtime volunteer and held several posts at Trinity Episcopal Church. He was also a member of the Potsdam Volunteer Rescue Squad and the Canton Rotary Club. Among his many interests were his love of all genres of music, his passion for the English language, both written and spoken, and the love of his family and friends.
His wife Ann died in February. Their grandson William died in 2008.
Howlett is survived by a son, William S. (Stacey) Howlett of Norwood; daughters, Barbara A. (James Gass) Howlett of Liverpool, and Nancy J. (James) Bonner of Potsdam; a grandson, Douglas J. Sharlow Jr. of Albany; a granddaughter, Erin E. Howlett of Potsdam; and his sisters, Dorothy (John) Prosper, Martha (Bill) Phillips and Patricia (Charles) Michels.