Howard A. Squires

Howard A. Squires, age 88, of Gloversville, passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Amsterdam after a brief illness.

Mr. Squires was born in Johnstown on April 19, 1925, a son of the late Howard J. Squires and Gwendolyn Harrison Squires.

Howard was a graduate of Johnstown High School. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He was stationed aboard the USS Ulysses S. Grant which transported troops and military equipment to the Aleutian Islands. His ship was engaged in battle at the islands of Attu and Kiska. In his return stateside, he worked for his father at the family bakery. He then worked for many years with Groves Construction, which was contracted in the New York State Thruway project. A baker by trade, Mr. Squires returned to the family business as owner of Squires Bakery in Northville and Squires Pastry Shoppe in downtown Johnstown until 1970. Howard was last employed by General Electric as an assembler and then as a machine operator. In his time at G.E., he was a member of the team that manufactured the Elec-Trak Electric Tractor. Mr. Squires was of the Methodist faith and a member of the Gloversville VFW Post.

On April 21, 1946, he was united in marriage to Virginia L. (Daum) Squires, who passed away on May 12, 2007.

Survivors include one son, Alan Squires and his wife, Sheila of Perth, Valerie Eisenhauer and her husband, Harry of Johnstown; four grandchildren, Alan Jon (Bonnie) Squires, Jonathan (Quinn) Swartwout, Shane (Jeannette) Swartwout and Jason (Colleen) Henderson; four great-grandchildren, Virginia Squires, Tyler Squires, Jonathan Swartwout and Steven Swartwout; one sister, Shirley Lehr of Johnstown; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his wife and parents, Howard was predeceased by one grandson, Jeffrey Squires; two brothers, Robert Squires and Henry Squires; and three sisters, Gertie Velicky, Beverly Squires and Alice Squires.

Funeral services will be conducted at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 20, at the A.G. Cole Funeral Home Inc., 215 East Main Street, Johnstown, with Dr. Rev. R.W. Williams officiating and military honors.

Visitation for family and friends will be on Monday prior to the service at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Private interment will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville.

The Squires family would like to thank all of his “angels,” the dialysis nurses that he leaves behind that cared for him over the years.

Memorial contributions in Howard’s memory may be made to the American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852.

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