January 5, 1972 - June 3, 2021
Lockwood, New York
June 3, 2021
January 5, 1972
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 12:00 PM at St. James Church, 503 Clark Street, Waverly, New York
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 from 11 to 12 at St. James Church, 503 Clark Street, Waverly, New York
Chemung Cemetery, Chemung, New York
Eric Andrew Howell, 49, of Lockwood, NY passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, June 3, 2021at home.
He was predeceased by his foster sister, Kathy Tilley.
Eric is survived by his parents, George and Jana Howell of Chemung; two sisters, Jennifer Moorehead of Chemung and Kelly Ganci of Cary, NC; nieces and nephews, Emily Cox of Brussels, Belgium, Hailey Moorehead of Deltona, FL, Gary Moorehead of Lockwood, Sarah Ganci of Seattle, WA, Anna Ganci of Cary, NC, April Tilley of Elmira, and great nephew Noah Tilley of Elmira; his beloved four-legged companions, Clarence Worley and Daisy Duke; host brother to 14 Rotary exchange students and five foster sisters; along with several aunts, uncles and cousins from Alton, IL; friends and coworkers; he was also looking forward to hanging out with his Uncle David Theisen.
Eric attended Waverly schools, St. Thomas More in Salem, CT and graduated from Notre Dame High School in Elmira. He went on to get his Associates in Chemistry from Corning Community College and received his Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry from St. Bonaventure University. Eric was very close to his parents and was the best brother two sisters could ask for. He truly loved his family and would do anything for them. He was a brilliant man. He and his sister Jen worked closely with their father George for nearly 30 years building Chemite, Inc into a successful business. He was an expert with Apple computers. He was a truly generous man. He and his sister Jen wanted to see Sting in concert, so he bought expensive 4th row tickets and they had a great time. He also treated his friends to flight, hotel, and Iron Maiden concert in Vegas, and camping at Indy and Watkins Glen races. He created amazing fireworks displays each July for family and friends. He loved his dogs and will be happy to reunited with Roony and Buck. He was a foodie and the best griller taking his time with his Traeger, cooking & smoking everything from the finest steaks to multiple jerky recipe’s. He was planning his 50th birthday experience based on a restaurant in New Orleans that Anthony Bourdain visited. Eric loved racing and followed Formula 1, Indy, MotoGP, Nascar and Le Mans Prototype and attended many races. His motto was “Always go for the best, don’t settle.” He loved music and listened to a wide range from heavy metal to Weird Al to Beastie Boys and his favorite Pink Floyd. We enjoyed selecting playlists each day at work based on mood, especially Funky Fridays; Mondays usually ended up with Grateful Dead. It’s pretty much a cardinal rule to drop everything for a drum solo when you hear Phil Collins, In the Air Tonight. Eric was musically talented and could play by ear, loved all instruments, enticing others to love music as well. From the age of 2 years old, he played piano and was born with perfect pitch. He was the handy man of the family following in the footsteps of his father. He was very proud of his house and was always fixing things up. He had a beautiful home, building everything himself from the cabinets to the porch and garage. He was an avid photographer who took photos at the races he attended and wildlife at his house. He will be greatly missed by all.
A time of calling will be held on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 from 11 to 12 at St. James Church, 503 Clark Street, Waverly, New York. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, June 9, 2021at 12:00 PM at James Church, 503 Clark Street, Waverly, New York with Rev. Jeffrey Galens officiating and burial to follow in Chemung Cemetery in Chemung, New York. Memorial donations may be made to Stray Haven, 194 Shepard Road, Waverly, NY 14892. Those wishing to send a message of sympathy to Eric’s family may visit our Facebook page or in “Obituaries” at www.blauveltfuneralhome.com
From: Michael R. Grados
So sorry Jen to learn of Eric's passing you and your Family have my deepest sympathy. If I can help in any way please let me know. Eric will be missed, he was not only a business partner but was like a brother to me, always willing to help in any way. A kind and generous man. Rest in Peace Eric.
From: Bill Rexer and Amrex Family
We were so stunned and saddened to hear about Eric’s untimely passing. He was a great guy and we enjoyed the working relationship we’ve had with him over the years. The beautifully written obituary paints the portrait of a life well lived. We hope and pray that your memories will comfort your hearts in the days and weeks ahead. From the Rexer family and the entire Amrex family, we extend our most sincere condolences. You are in our thoughts and our prayers.
From: The Lee Family
We are so very sorry about the great loss of Eric. We are keeping you in our prayers and we’re sending much love to all.
From: Cheri and Bob champion
Bob and I are so sorry to hear about Eric. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all and we are holding you close in our hearts.
From: Chris Allgeier
Jana and George,
I have no words that can soften your grief . Eric was truly a very gifted son. I'm sending prayers for you and the family that God holds you closely in His arms offering comfort, support, and peace.
From: Bill & Darlene Suhre
Jana & George we’re shocked at the this news . Our thoughts &prYers are with you. This has been a horrible week for us to. My oldest niece passed on Tuesday & Bill had a cousin passed last Saturday both from Covid. ❤️
From: Rhonda Howell
Jana, George, Jennifer, and Kelly,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Reading the obituary, he was a very smart, caring, wonderful person, I am sure will be missed greatly and left a big hole for many. I will be praying for all of you. I am sure I met Eric when y'all were really young at Grandpa Barkley's house. I know you hurt deeply. But one comforting thought is that our Lord Jesus Christ died as our Saviour to bring us hope that we would see each other again in a much better place. Trust in Him and He will see you through this time of sorrow. May you come to know Him in a much deeper sense.
Mr & Mrs Howell, Kelly, and Jen, if I can be of any assistance now or in the future please let me know. Much love to all of you.
From: Mary Lee Frank Buerman
I am so very sorry to hear about Eric’s passing. Our hearts go out to all of you. You’re in our prayers and thoughts.
Much love-Mary Lee
From: Jean Frank
Jana and George: I am sorry to hear the news of Eric. I’m so sorry for your loss. There is little I can say to be of comfort. Your family are in my thoughts and prayers. -Ray and Jean Stark.
From: Skip Stermer
Very sorry to read of Eric passing. I didn’t know Eric personally but he must have been an outstanding person with all that he had accomplished. These accomplishments are a tribute to outstanding parents and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Skip Stermer.
From: Beth Wright
oh my heart is full!!!! I am so speechless but want you all to know I am thinking of you all and praying for your peace!!!! Did not know Eric well or for to long but he was very special!! We had several talks about a lot of things and he always only had good words to offer me about whatever we were talking about!!! He did love his parents dearly and he thought Jen although hard at times was such a wonderful human!!!! All my love to all of you and may God bring you peace and love at this terrible time of your life!!!!!!
To the family.
I'm so very sorry for your loss.
I've known Eric for 22 years. He was a very close friend of mine and I will miss him a lot. We did lots of stuff over the years. Still seems unreal to me. He truly was a unique great guy.
From: Steve Wardell
I knew Eric in a work capacity. He and Jennifer helped me develop several products which they manufactured at their business, Chemite. Eric was always both very kind and helpful. When I said that I needed pictures of my products Eric graciously offered to photograph them. He was very good with a camera. I am so sorry for your loss.
From: Keith and Marlene Beers
To George and Jana and family our thoughts and prayers are with you.
From: Barb Feathers
My deepest sympathies to Eric’s family. I knew Eric through the animal hospital where I have worked for many years. He was such a joy to talk to when he would bring the dogs in. His deep love and compassion for his pets was beautiful to see. Such a kind and gentle man who touched so many lives. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
From: LIZ BROWN
So sorry to hear of Eric's passing. He was always helpful at the cottage. Our families deepest sympathy.
From: Jim Dwyer
I was totally shocked when I received the news. It was less than 2 weeks ago when we were out eating garlic bread and good Italian food laughing and telling stories.
I always felt he was a genuine person, one you can count on to help you in good times and bad. This planet will be a sorrier place for his loss.