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Howard Porter

Howard Sherman Porter

Sunday, March 15th, 1925 - Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021
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Howard S. Porter, age 95 of Vernon, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 at the Westwind Manor in Franklin.
Born in Hackensack to the late Sherman F. and Marie (Hein) Porter, Howard was a proud US Navy Veteran of World War II. Howard previously lived in Waldwick, before settling in Vernon in 1978.
A self-employed carpenter, Howard enjoyed deep sea fishing, spending time with his family, and he loved dogs. One of Howard’s proudest days was when he was part of the Honor Flight for WWII Veterans from Newburgh, NY to Washington, DC in April, 2014. The trip brought the veterans to their memorial to thank them for their service. His family accompanied him and shared this very special day with him.
Predeceased by his wife, Patricia Porter in 2006 and daughter, Joanne M. Porter in 1979, Howard is survived by his children, Eileen Gardner and husband Gary of Vernon, James H. Porter of Boynton Beach, FL, and Michael J. Porter and wife Michelle of Vernon; seven grandchildren, Gary Gardner, Jr., Holly Terrill and husband Bill, Kristie Lyons and husband Elliot, Danielle Hardgrove and husband Rob, Derek Porter, Ashley Nunez and husband Carlos, and Daniel Porter; as well as four great-grandchildren, Kailey, Collin, Billy, and Caleb; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation for Howard will be on Sunday, March 7th, 2021 from 12-4PM at the Ferguson—Vernon Funeral Home, 241 Route 94 (One Vanderhoof Court for GPS), Vernon, NJ 07462. A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 8th, 10AM at the funeral home. Burial in the Northern New Jersey Veterans Memorial Cemetery will follow. Online condolences may be offered at
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, March 7th, 2021 | 12:00pm - 4:00pm
    Sunday, March 7th, 2021 12:00pm - 4:00pm
    Ferguson - Vernon Funeral Home
    241 Route 94
    VERNON, NJ 07462
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  • Service

    Monday, March 8th, 2021 | 10:00am
    Monday, March 8th, 2021 10:00am
    Ferguson - Vernon Funeral Home
    241 Route 94
    VERNON, NJ 07462
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  • Interment

    Northern NJ Veterans Memorial Cemetery
    Route 94
    SPARTA, NJ 07871
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Donations are being accepted for: Wounded Warrior Project.


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Love, Joe, Gail, Megan and Joe

Posted at 01:57pm
Dear Eileen and Gary and family: Sending our heartfelt condolences. You are all in our thoughts in this difficult time.

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Tim Dunnigan

Posted at 08:46pm
Just saw this. He coached me when I was in Little League. What anperfect gentleman. It was hard not to love this guy. He had a kind word for everyone. May He rest in peace. Tim Dunnigan

Adam Boltz

Posted at 12:38pm
I am so sorry to hear about Howard's passing. He was always such a pleasant and friendly guy, as well as a nice neighbor. I used to see him occasionally at the Vernon Municipal building, and he always took time for a brief chat. He also had a funny sense of humor. Rest in peace, Howard. You will never be forgotten. -Adam Boltz

Victoria Stohr

Posted at 11:00am
Dear Porter Family,
I had the honor of meeting Howard many times, while my father too, was a resident of Westwind Manor. I looked forward to chatting with him in the dining room during dinner. He was always kind and had the most amazing stories to tell. Rest in the sweetest peace, Howard. My sincere condolences to his family.

Vicki Stohr
Branchville, NJ

Pam Patchell

Posted at 06:10pm
Eileen,Gary and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Please rely on those many good memories and may they keep you warm through this rough time. Love, Pam and George Patchell 🙏🏻❤️

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