Community Loses Beloved Friend and Educator “Arnie” Howe

April 23, 2012

in News,Obituaries,Woodstock

Arnold “Arnie” E. Howe died peacefully on Thursday evening April 19th on his 82nd birthday, at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH following a short illness.

Arnie graduated from Springfield High School in 1948. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953. He spent 33 years in the active Army Reserves retiring from that duty in 1984 as a Captain.

In July of 1956 he began his teaching career within the Woodstock School system where he taught until his retirement in 1993. Arnie developed the first horticulture program for high schools in Vermont, which has become a statewide model.

Beloved by generations of WUHS students, he was selected WUHS Teacher of the year in 1985.

He was also a member of the VT Descendants of the Mayflower, and had great interest in his family’s genealogy.

A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday April 25th at 1:00 pm at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Woodstock, VT. Burial will be in the Taftsville, Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. A full obituary will be carried in the Vermont Standard this Thursday.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock. Condolences may be offered by visiting


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Tammy Johnson Metcalf May 3, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Mr. Howe had the most gentle spirit of anyone I have ever known. His smile would light up a room and make anyone in his presence feel special. He gave anyone who needed a chance one even if they didn’t want it but they all gave him the respect he deserved in return. When I look back on high school, I always think of him fondly. My prayers and thoughts to his family and all who were blessed to know him.

Francis Dietz April 25, 2012 at 8:34 pm

As a friend, neighbor, teacher, and my Godfather, Arnie Howe epitomized what a decent human being should be. While he will be sorely missed by his devoted wife, Shirley and three children, he leaves a proud legacy that will live on. Rest in peace, Arnie.

Gene Higgins April 24, 2012 at 1:07 pm

He was a great teacher, with a wonderful sense of humor, and a loyal friend. His spirit and talent were a lasting inspiration to a young teacher in the 1960′s and beyond.

Angie April 23, 2012 at 8:49 pm

So sad to hear this news, you will be missed Mr. Howe.. you will be missed. Cheers

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