NEWBURY, MA — Howard “Howie” Benjamin Fernald, Jr., a life-long resident of Newbury, Massachusetts, passed away unexpectedly Monday, January 28, 2013 while vacationing in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida.
Howie, the eldest son of the late Howard “Bunny” Fernald, Sr. and the late Genevieve Marie Bashaw Fernald, was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, May 9, 1948. Like many snow-bird families, Howie grew up wintering in St. Pete and spending the rest of the year working with his family on Parker River, the home of Fernald’s Marine.
Howie was an avid sportsman, a lifetime member of Ducks Unlimited, and enjoyed all forms of hunting and fishing. He was accomplished in many forms of boating, with particular passions for sailing, kayaking and canoeing. He graduated Newburyport High School in 1966 and attended the University of Tampa until he chose to pursue his passion for golf.
He was first a caddy, and later an amateur and eventually an Assistant Pro at the Old Newbury Golf Club. His knowledge of golf and its equipment introduced him to the world of golf smithing, and he became a nationally known collector and dealer of antique clubs and memorabilia.
At Fernald’s, Howie could be found in the sunny showroom window sharing stories and selling, or out on the water setting moorings. He was a knot “master,” able to tie down absolutely anything — his splicing was simply a work of art — especially since he was left-handed, a label he proudly wore.
For over 20 years, Howie was a fixture at the Todd Farm Flea Market, and regarded many of his fellow flea market dealers as his second family.
Howie is survived by his wife, Dale Brown Fernald; daughters, Bonnie Fernald and husband Jim Bowes; Laura Fernald and her husband Christopher Young; and grandchildren Maxim and Nola Bowes, and Genevieve and Alexandra Young, all of Newbury. Additional survivors include his brothers, Glenn Fernald and his wife Barbara of Newbury, and Charles Fernald of Brighton; his nephew Brian Fernald; his aunt Irene Bashaw Newhall and her family; family friend Paul Knight; and the mother of his daughters, Judith Burns Hilton. Also surviving are his stepsons and step-grandchildren, Thomas Lucy and his wife Moriah and their children Carolyn and Carl; and Michael Lucy and his wife Amy and their children, Samantha, Katherine, and Brian, all of Newburyport.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours at the Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport will be Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. A memorial service for family and friends will be held at the funeral home on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 10 A.M. In lieu of flowers, the families are requesting that donations be made in Howie’s memory to BOAT CAMP Nature School, PO Box 235, Newburyport, MA 01950 or online at www.boatcamp.org.