The following obituary appears on the Bisbee -Porcella Funeral Homes website.
LYNNFIELD, formerly of Saugus – Mr. Francis J. Howlett, 68 years, died on Monday, February 4th. He was the loving husband of Ellen (Gubernick) Howlett.
Born in Melrose and raised in Saugus, he was the son of the late James and Frances (Kelly) Howlett. He was a graduate of Saugus High School and a U.S. Navy veteran. Mr. Howlett worked for CBS Broadcasting in New York City as Director of Computer Services before retiring from the FBI in Boston as a Computer Specialist. He was a member of the American Legion in Saugus. He had been a resident of Lynnfield for over 25 years.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Howlett leaves one daughter, Valerie Palermo and her husband Richard of Lynnfield; one son, David Howlett and his wife Jennifer of Greenlawn, NY; three grandchildren, Emma and Hailey Palermo, Jaxie Howlett; one brother, John McCarthy of Stoneham; two sisters, Evelyn Carbone of Saugus, Christine Donahue and her husband Bill of Saugus. Also survived by his sister-in-law Ann Gubernick of NYC. He is predeceased by four brothers, Joseph Howlett, Thomas Howlett, Edward McCarthy and James Howlett; two sisters, Mary McCannon and Eileen Howlett.
Donations in his memory may be made to the American Heart Assoc., 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.
Funeral from the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., SAUGUS on Friday at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral mass at St. Maria Goretti Church, 122 Chestnut St., Lynnfield at 10 a.m. Relatives & friends invited. Visiting hours Thursday 4-8 p.m. Interment to follow in Lynnfield.