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Calvary Cemetery
Saturday October 31st, 2020
12:00pm - 2:00pm

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Robert "Tuffy" Howell

Robert "Tuffy" Howell, age 75, passed away on October 17, 2020 at Mount Carmel St. Ann's Hospital.  

Robert was no stranger to hard work, as he ran his own successful business, Howell's Siding & Window Company, which his calloused hands bore witness to. 

He was a man of profound faith in God, and would model this faith in his display of unconditional love to his family. His loving spirit and quiet wisdom were evident in every letter he wrote, every piece of advice given.  It was a rare occasion that Robert would miss the opportunity to call a family member on their birthday to serenade them with a heartfelt “Happy Birthday” over the phone.

He enjoyed strumming the guitar while singing, which was often the highlight of visits. When he didn't have a guitar in his hand, you could find him mulling over a daily crossword puzzle. He also enjoyed playing cards, ping pong and pool. Robert would delight the grandchildren with magic tricks and humor that never failed to elicit a laugh and amazed look.  His favorite saying was “You're The Best” and is a fitting close to his life.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Howell and Olive Jordan Howell; brothers, John and Eddie Howell; and sister Glady Shaffer.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Nilda Howell; sons, Anthony (Lisa) Howell, J. (Angel) Sanchez, and Miguel Montagnese; daughters, Laura (Michael) Perry, Stacie Guerrero and Irene Montagnese; 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; as well as a family of loved ones too numerous to list.

The family will receive friends on Saturday from 12:00 pm until the time of service at 2:00 pm in the Dovin Funeral and Cremation Specialists, 2701 Elyria Avenue, Lorain.  Richard Gardenhire of The Way Ministry will officiate.

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I will always remember the time Uncle Bob told me to always call him My Dear Uncle Bob and he would call me My Dear Niece Mina. From that day forward that is what we always called each other. I will miss that very much. I loved you lots.

Mina Oct 30 2020 12:00 AM

When I was s child I was so happy when he stayed all night! Only time we were aloud to stay up & watch the mummy, chilly Billy, scary movies. Love his laughter and smiles. Always felt his love!

Brenda Celento Oct 30 2020 12:00 AM

LOVE is what TRUE FAMILY is all about, and that is exactly how TUFFY lived his life. He was always there with a helping hand and heart. With Positive Encouraging words and wisdom. You never left his side without a smile on your face or a sense of grace and gratitude. He always spoke about how blessed he was with his family and friends. But we all knew how BLESSED we were from TUFFY. GOD got an angel that we will all see again soon. Family and friends please try to stay Positive and Encouraged with a smile in our hearts as thats just what TUFFY would want. LOVE YOU TUFFY BE WITH YOU SOON FOR ETERNITY. I will rack you break . GOD BLESS

Brad Celento Oct 30 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Robert Howell

David Virant Oct 29 2020 12:00 AM

You were such a great person and a fun jokester. I am so glad to know you and have you in my life for 15 years. You always brought a smile or laugh to anyone you met Vito Andoleeny :) You brought a great happiness to my life. Love you and will miss you.

Meighen Arvay Oct 29 2020 12:00 AM

My sister's first love and ex-husband today he left for heaven. And, I say heaven because he was a kind loving man full of laughter and fun, and he was witty. Good-bye brother in law, from my family to yours we always loved you. We pray. We say good-bye to Robert Tuffy Howell.

And by the way I know you brought up your children to be just like you, witty, smart, loving, and funny.

Alex Sanchez Jr Oct 28 2020 12:00 AM

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