Kenny, aka Bunny, age 71, passed away unexpectedly at his home Sept. 16, 2019. He was born June 29, 1948, in East Machias to Paul L. and Ida (Dowling) Howie and became a big brother with the birth of his sister in 1951. The family relocated to Mount Desert Island in 1960, Kenny living the remainder of his life in Bar Harbor.
After graduating from Bar Harbor High School in 1966, Kenny served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Shortly after his return home, he married and welcomed the birth of a daughter. Kenny later remarried, in 1990, to Jeanette (Jeanie) Poirier and, with each of their daughters, created a new family. Over the next few years, they completed the picture with three sons. In their nearly 30-year marriage, they also enjoyed welcoming many fur-babies into their home.
Kenny spent his career as a diesel and large equipment operator and mechanic, first with Harold MacQuinn Inc., then with the Town of Bar Harbor Highway Department, where he spent more than 38 years as head mechanic. After his retirement, he enjoyed keeping his hands in mechanical work, repairing and maintaining vehicles for family and friends. For his own pleasure, he could be found tinkering with and riding his treasured Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
Kenny truly was a devoted family man. He loved spending quality time with his wife, while also watching over his aging parents who lived next door. He enjoyed playing and working alongside his children, from childhood into adulthood, and looked forward to every moment he could spend with his grandchildren, staying an active part of their lives and participating in their interests. He took every opportunity to have fun and to share his knowledge and skills. Kenny was the person many people went to for help and advice. He could always be found with a smile on his face, love in his heart and the willingness to offer a helping hand.
Kenny was predeceased by his mother, several aunts, uncles, cousins and a nephew.
Kenny is survived by his loving wife, Jeanie; father, Paul; sister, Cindy, and husband, Edward, of Hancock; daughters Cori Mitchell and husband, Joel, of Ellsworth, Darci Smith and husband, Neal Freeman, of New Jersey; sons, Joshua, Timothy and fiancée Mikaela Goodwin, Keegan and wife, Holly, all of Bar Harbor; grandchildren, Gage, Maci, Cami and Ned. He leaves behind two nieces, a nephew, two special aunts, an uncle and many cousins as well as a community of friends.
Kenny will be dearly missed and fondly remembered by many.
A service of remembrance will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home in Somesville. A reception will directly follow the service. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.