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Mr. E. Stanley Howlett III, age 79 of Potsdam, New York, passed away on Sunday, June 17, 2012 . Arrangements are with the Garner Funeral Service in Potsdam, New York. Friends may call at the Garner Funeral Service on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 from 4-8 pm. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at the Trinity Episcopal Church on Fall Island, Potsdam at 2pm with Dr. Rev. Christopher Brown celebrant. Burial will follow the service at the Bayside Cemetery. Contributions in Stanley’s memory can be made to the Canton-Potsdam Hospital or to the Trinity Episcopal Church. Online condolences can be sent @www.garnerfh.com.

Mr. Howlett is survived by a son, William S. (Stacey) Howlett of Norwood, daughters, Barbara A. (James Gass) Howlett of Liverpool, and Nancy J. (James) Bonner of Potsdam; a grandson Douglas J. Sharlow Jr. of Albany, and a granddaughter, Erin E. Howlett of Potsdam; his sisters Dorothy (John) Prosper, Martha (Bill) Phillips and Patricia (Charles) Michels. He is predeceased by his wife Ann Howlett who passed on February 11, 2012 and his grandson William S. Howlett Jr. in 2008.

Mr. E. Stanley Howlett III was born August 21, 1932 in Potsdam, NY to the late E. Stanley Howlett Jr. and Pauline Benson. He was a 1950 graduate of Potsdam Central School. He then went on to Albany State College where he received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees. On July 9, 1955 in Pelham, NY he was married to Ann Caparis. They both started their careers as English teachers. Stanley’s career began as an English teacher in the Albany area. He returned to the North Country in 1958 to work for St. Lawrence-Lewis Counties BOCES as a guidance counselor shared between Canton, Hammond and Morristown. Three years later, Canton Central School District hired him as a junior-senior high school guidance counselor. During the next 20 years, he served as Director of Guidance, Director of Pupil Services, Coordinator of Sponsored Programs, Director of Instruction, and Assistant Superintendant of Schools before being appointed Superintendent of Schools in 1981. He remained there until his retirement in 1988. His 30 years of educational leadership which always focused on “What’s best for the kids” is still reflected in the many and varied programs still available at Canton Central School.

Stanley was perhaps best known for his decades of volunteer work on several key boards. He was chair of the board at Canton-Potsdam Hospital for 18 years and a member for over 20 years. He was chair of the Potsdam Village Zoning Board of Appeals. He also was on the Village Comprehensive Plan Committee. He was a longtime volunteer and held several posts at Trinity Episcopal Church. He was also a member of the Potsdam Volunteer Rescue Squad and the Canton Rotary Club. Among Stan’s many interests were his love of all genres of music, his passion for the English language, both written and spoken and the love of his family and friends.

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