Howard Isidore Sabasowitz, 82, of Holliston, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 26 at the Rose Monahan House Hospice in Worcester. Howard is survived by his two daughters, Nicole Sabasowitz and Tiffany Sabasowitz, and his brother Stephen Sabasowitz. Howard was predeceased by his parents Abraham and Muriel (Knopf) Sabasowitz and a brother Robert Sabasowitz.
Howard was a brilliant man and a deep thinker. He loved chess, bocce, puns, jokes, the game of Go, and other games. Howard created his own board game which he based off of Corintho, called Brain Drain. When Howard was younger , he played bocce at the Italian American War Vets Post 40 in Milford and he competed in bocce ball competitions where he did very well. Howard had many hobbies including ventriloquism, writing short stories and jokes, bicycling, walking, drawing and playing the harmonica.
Howard was an activist who would speak his mind eloquently to argue his point or dispute anything he thought to be incorrect or unjust. He spent many years trying to reverse a Holliston, MA census rule that stated a person's voting rights could be revoked if they did not provide their census information. He felt it very unjust that a person's right to vote was threatened. He took his case all the way to the Massachusetts State House.
Howard was a jokester who would do pranks on his younger brother. Howard was an amazing teacher. He started and ran a chess group based at the Milford Senior Center where he taught people of all ages how to play the game. He enjoyed talking with people and spending time with his daughters, who believed he was the smartest person they ever met.
Howard was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He lived for approximately a decade in California where he attended California State University, Los Angeles and obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Government and Master of Arts in Social Science as well as a teaching certificate. Howard also spent time in Oregon, Washington, New Orleans, LA, and Newport, RI. Howard retired from the Natick Labs as a training coordinator and afterwards worked part time at the Milford Regional Medical Center as a safety observer for many years. He spent time also volunteering at the Samaritans, helping to prevent suicide and provide hope to those in need.
Howard had a dog named Clipper, whom he was very fond of. When his children were younger and were not allowed pets, Howard obliged and gave them guinea pigs and fish. Howard loved to eat. He loved gefilte fish, broiled bluefish, tuna fish sandwiches with his daughters, oysters Rockefeller from New Orleans, prime rib with his brother and buffets. His knowledge, personality, voice, conversation and entire self will be sorely missed and always remembered.
A memorial service will be held for Howard Sabasowitz on Friday, September 10 from 5 to 10:pm at the Italian American Vets Post # 40, 4 Hayward Field, Milford, MA 01757.
In lieu of flowers , donations in Howard's memory may be made to The American Heart Association, 300 5th Avenue, ste 6, Waltham, MA, 02451, The House of Sages, 283 East Broadway, New York, New York, 10002 or have a tree planted in Howard's memory.
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