Obituary of Joseph Howe
Joseph James Howe, age 60, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, August 23, 2020. He was born in Hoboken, NJ, on June 27, 1960, and lived most of his life in Spring Valley, NY.
He spent his life dedicated to his family and friends, and he was known for the abundance of love and loyalty he showered upon his loved ones. Joe was passionate about his pets, a devoted fan of television crime dramas, and he loved getting lost in a good book. A fierce competitor, he is remembered for his skills and attributes on the football field and softball field, his prowess with a ping pong paddle, and his amazing ability to do splits.
Joe leaves behind his life partner of 27 years, Barbara Respo, and one son, Dean Benjamin, age 28. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jeanette Howe and James Joseph Howe. Joe was the third of five boys born to Jeanette and Jim, and he is survived by his brothers and their spouses: James and Tamara Howe, Jeffrey and Teri Howe, Jerry and Jackie Howe, and John and Leslie Howe. He is also survived by his brother Joe Murgittroyd and his wife, Helene, and Barbara’s sons, Anthony and Dominick Respo.
He was most happy being a proud and beloved Uncle Joe to many nieces and nephews, including his goddaughters, Shannon and Ginger Howe, and his godson, Zachary Howe.
A wake will be held for Joe from 3-6pm on Thursday, August 27, at Joseph W. Sorce Funeral Home, 728 West Nyack Road, West Nyack, New York.