Howard B. Fink

Howard B. Fink

Howard was one of a kind- an amazing father, a loving husband, and an unwavering friend.  His compassionate, understanding, and generous spirit was infectious and genuine.  He was always smiling, was the life of every party, and had a never-ending supply of energy.

Howard’s primary job was with the Local 13 Boilermakers Union in Philadelphia, working in the field, mentoring apprentices, and inspiring his son to follow in his footsteps.  Howard, never being one to sit still, also took on extra jobs including everything from driving limos to spinning records as a DJ so that he could give his family every opportunity.

Howard loved any chance to travel. He was mesmerized by airplanes and loved to just be on board.  He traveled the world, often visiting Cancun and the Caribbean, traveling through the Panama Canal, and crossing the Atlantic; he visited Europe and spent time in Tahiti, but continually returned to his favorite place, Disney World.

Christmas was his holiday.  He started a tradition of Christmas breakfast for the whole family and embodied the Christmas spirit. Christmas, like everything else for Howard, was all about family.

Howard spent his time relaxing by keeping busy in the yard, tinkering in the toolshed, being outside and getting a tan while building up a sweat.  He loved his ‘Cowboy Pictures’ and ‘War Stories,’ and when it came to football season, nothing was better than a Cowboys game.  He was even brave enough to cheer for his team even when deep in Eagles territory.  Howard was always ready for a party, whether with the whole family or just a few people in his tiki room.  He loved to play his jukebox and dance along.  He enjoyed all kinds of music, from Sinatra to Pitbull.

This Beverly boy met a Delanco girl named Sandra Kalbach during high school when he was 17, and she was 15.  Smitten, he’d skip school to visit her at Riverside High.  Their high school romance led to a 57-year marriage blessed by children, Monica (John) Keane, Melissa (Dave) King, and Matt (Kathy) Fink. His family grew to include grandchildren Samantha, Branko, and Scarlett. Howard was not only a devoted and caring father for his children and grandchildren but was a father figure to many others as well. He was always a man anyone could turn to for support and guidance.

Come celebrate this unique and inspirational man on Saturday, October 23rd, from 11 am -1 pm at Sweeney Funeral Home in Riverside, where there will be a noon service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.


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