State Assembly honors Lee Howlett

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Lee Howlett’s image is painted onto the firehouse mural.
ABSECON – Lee Howlett, who died in January, was honored posthumously by a New Jersey General Assembly resolution sponsored by Assemblymen John Amodeo and Vince Polistina.

A framed copy of the resolution, which honored Howlett’s service in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve, was presented to his widow, Margie Howlett.

“He was renowned as a friendly and caring family man, neighbor and member of the community,” the certificate reads. “An array of honors and awards bears witness to the high regard in which he was held.”

It cites service to the Absecon Blue Devils, Kiwanis Club, Absecon Volunteer Fire Department, New Jersey State Firemen’s Association, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, the Absecon Republican Club and the First National Bank of Absecon.

It says he was upheld in his life’s efforts by his wife of 52 years and their daughters, Sherry Lee and Jane Ann, and took delight in his grandchildren, C.J., Connor, Caitlin and David.

“Within all the spheres of his life and work, Leo I. Howlett Jr. established a model to emulate and set a standard of excellence toward which others might strive,” the resolution states. “This house hereby honors the memory of Leo I. Howlett Jr. and extends profound sympathy and sincere condolences to the members of his family.”

Howlett, the longtime second-generation proprietor of Howlett Hardware in downtown Absecon, has been known since childhood as Lee.

He died Jan. 4, 2011 at the age of 82, but lives on in the memories of local youngsters unable to afford baseball gloves who got them free at Howlett Hardware.

It is Howlett who is depicted seated on a bench in the firehouse mural facing the White Horse Pike at New Road.
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