BUCKSPORT—Roger W. Howard Jr. of Bucksport died in an accident March 25, 2010, in New Port Richey, Fla., doing what this million-mile rider loved to do, riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle. Roger was born Feb. 9, 1944.
Roger was a life member of the Harley Owners Group (HOG), holding positions of director, assistant director, safety officer and road captain. He was also a life member of United Bikers of Maine (UBM), serving as vice president of safety and education, county director, Penobscot County area rep and road captain. Roger was an active member of the Maine Motorcyclist Political Action Committee (MMPAC), serving as an adviser with the DOT about motorcycle concerns. Roger spent many years involved with the Boy Scouts of America, serving as Scout leader in Bucksport. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Bucksport Flotilla, was another passion of Roger’s and he spent more than 20 years involved with that group. Roger retired after 40 years of employment with International Paper Co. Roger will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his mother, Edith Arnold, and her husband, Alden, of Bucksport; stepmother, Eunice Howard Baldwin, and her husband, Earl, of Orrington; son, Ronald Howard, his wife Linda, and their daughter, Rachael, of Wales, Maine; son, Robert Howard and his daughter, Sydnie, of Bucksport; son, Richard Howard, his wife, Darcy, and their daughters, Paige and Emma, of Bucksport; sister, Peggy Masterman, her husband, John, of Roseville, Calif., and their son, John “Josh”; brother, Brent Howard, his wife, Jayne, of Bucksport, and their daughter, Jennifer, and her sons, Evan and Jacob, daughter, Kristin, her husband, David and their children, Caleb and Hannah, and son, Kyle; sister, Colleen Johnson, her husband, Ronald, of South Portland, and their daughters, Crystal and Emily; brother, William of Old Orchard Beach, and his children, Claire and Mitchell. Roger is also survived by Mary Moore, her daughter, Tiffany Wynn and her husband, Jim, her son, Marcus Moore and his wife, Heather and extended families, many aunts, uncles, cousins and fellow motorcycle riders. Roger was predeceased by his father, Roger W. Howard Sr.
Family and friends may visit Friday, April 9, 5 to 7 p.m. at Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home, 28 Elm St., Bucksport. Roger’s life will be celebrated 11 a.m. Saturday, April 10, 2010, at East Orrington Congregational Church, Johnson Mill Road. At 10 a.m. Saturday morning, there will be a motorcycle escort from the funeral home to the church. Interment will follow the funeral service at Riverview Cemetery, Bucksport. Friends who wish to contribute in memory of Roger Howard may do so at UBM Biker Down Fund, 1001 Webber Pond Road, Vassalboro, ME 04989; or Pine Tree Camp, 114 Pine Tree Road, Rome, ME 04963; or MMPAC (Maine Motorcyclist Political Action Committee) c/o Eric Fuller, 306 Warren Hill Road, Jay, ME 04239.