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Howard L. Chesbro, 81

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Howard L. Chesbro, 81, passed away on the evening of Thursday, June 13, 2019, at Baystate Medical Center Springfield after a brief illness.

Howard was born on March 16, 1938, in Clarksburg and was a lifelong resident of that town, where he served as a town constable for several years. He was a longtime member of the Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Company, where he last served as Fire Chief before retiring from service. He was owner of H. L. Chesbro Company Millwrights Machinery Riggers for over 25 years, where he was joined by his son Brian until Howard’s retirement.

Howard was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was extremely proud of his three grandchildren. Howard was an avid supporter of his granddaughters, who played softball for both Hoosac Valley Hurricanes and Herkimer College Generals, and his grandson, who is a PFC in the Marine Corps Reserves and a member of the Stamford, VT, Volunteer Fire Department. He and his wife were also breeders for many years of Bichon Frise and were members of both the Bichon Frise Club of America and the Bichon Frise Club of Southern New England, where he served on several committees and also was a current member of the Board of Directors. He especially enjoyed motorhome travel to dog shows all over the country, where he successfully handled many of his own dogs to their championship.

Howard is survived by his wife of 55 years, Karen (Anderson); his daughter Lisa K. Puppolo and her husband Gary and their two daughters, Kali and Madi of Adams; son Brian H. Chesbro and his wife Denise and their son Benjamin of Clarksburg; his brother Carlyle C. Chesbro; and sister Lois Horton.

He was predeceased by his parents, Harry A. and Isabelle (Savage) Chesbro; his brother Harry P. Chesbro; and his sister, Marie Sherman Hibbard.

Funeral notice: In accordance with Howard’s wishes there will be no calling hours and services will be private at the convenience of the family. Donations are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the BFCA Charitable Trust ( or through the PACIOREK FUNERAL HOME, 13 Hoosac St. Adams, MA 01220, which is in charge of arrangements. To leave a message of condolence, please go online e to

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Karen, Lisa & Brian, just now found out about Howard's passing, I am so sorry to hear! Howard was best man at our wedding 58yrs. ago this Sept. and was a good friend to my late husband Dick , they played baseball together for several years. I am sure you will miss him greatly. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
from: Sharron A Mirkeon: 06-20-2019

Karen, Howard always brought happiness wherever he went. He will surly be missed
from: Steve Chesbro on: 06-19-2019

Karen and family, I am greatly sorry for your loss. I always loved time with Howard. He always made laugh. I considered Him and you my friends. I here if you need anything
Love always, Cindy LaPlante
from: Cindy LaPlante on: 06-19-2019

I fondly remember when our families lived on Carson Avenue. Please accept my condolences. Your family is my thoughts and prayers.
from: JoAnne Maroni Lavinon: 06-18-2019

We are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest condolences to you all.
from: Jeff & Erica Pecoron: 06-18-2019

I remember Howard's big smile, laugh and sense of humor. It was someone you would never forget after you met him. My deepest sympathies to you Karen, Lisa and Brian and grandchildren Kali, Madi and Ben. Cousin Dave and Family
from: David Hinkellon: 06-18-2019

I just express how thankful I am for the way he helped change my life for the better and taking time to take me under his wing and make me a better person all around.
from: Dan Denaulton: 06-17-2019

I will miss Uncle Howard. As a little girl, I loved when he came to the house. He was always smiling and laughing. My deepest sympathies to you all at this time of sadness.
from: Susan Bushon: 06-17-2019

Sorry for all of you with the loss of your husband & father. With deepest sympathy.
from: Bonnie Demerson: 06-17-2019

Howard, I Will Miss You Greatly - I Valued You As A Best Friend. I Will Miss Your Visits To My Office To Discuss The World - My Best To You Karen
from: BURTON SHAPIROon: 06-17-2019

I have so many fond memories of Harold from my childhood years. He was such a nice man and wonderful father. He always made me feel welcome and had a great sense of humor. I am so very sorry for your loss. Mrs. Chesbro, Lisa, Brian and your families, you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
from: Michelle Milleron: 06-17-2019

He will be missed by all! My mom always loved it when Uncle Howard would visit! He was always upbeat & made her laugh! She loved her breakfasts with her brothers. He is missed, she is missed, they are now together in Heaven!
from: Donna Lemaireon: 06-16-2019

So very sorry for your families loss
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