Howard P. Graham

September 26, 1934 - October 14, 2019

          Howard P. Graham, age 85, of New Castle, DE, passed away on Monday, October 14, 2019.

          Born and raised in the ninth ward of Wilmington, DE on September 26, 1934, he was the son of the late Charles C. and Mable Graham.  Howard attended Harlan Elementary and P.S. DuPont High School.  He began working in the steel industry at Delaware Steel Corp and Poisey T. Jones Corp as a metal fabricator.  He later went to work for J.E. Rhoads Industrial Belting Co., where he worked for 30 plus years and obtained the position of shop manager.  Howard later worked for Chiorino Corp, from where he retired.

          In his earlier years, he enjoyed his beach house, boating and fishing and his good friends in Sussex County.  Howard was an animal lover, especially his Labrador Retrievers.  He was an avid sports fan, following the Eagles, Phillies and U of D teams.

          In addition to his parents, Howard was preceded in death by his wife, Jean; sisters, Thelma Hartshorn and Lilian Smith; and brother, Charles Graham.  He is survived by his two sons, David (Linda) and Joseph (Susan); two granddaughters, Stephanie Graham and Stacie Lynch (Charles); and two great grandchildren, Tyler and Madelyn; as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

          A visitation for family and friends will be held from 12:30 pm until 1 pm on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at Asbury United Methodist Church, 300 Basin Road, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 1 pm and where Howard was a long time member.  Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.

          In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Howard’s memory to Autism Delaware, 924 Old Harmony Road, Suite 201, Newark, DE 19713.


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  • Howard Graham was almost like a second father to me when I was younger. He would make me laugh so hard that I nearly peed my pants.

  • So sorry to hear about Uncle Howard’s passing. Sending my prayers and condolences to all his loved ones, and wishes for peace to David, Linda, Jody, Susan, Stephanie, Stacie and Tyler and Madelyn.

  • Howard was one of the funniest, if not the funniest, persons I ever met. He was my next door neighbor for 39 years and made me laugh every time I saw him. I never heard him say one unkind word about anyone, not once – unless we were making fun of someone, and it was all in jest. He was my “go to” person, my good friend and I will miss him very much.

  • Both Howard and Jean have a special place in my early life. I have many fond memories of days at the beach with Howard and Jean, Howard’s sister Lilian and husband Nat. I especially remember days drifting for flounder in Massey’s Ditch, us in Nat’s boat and Howard over in his with his sidekick dog hanging over the gunnels. A fabulous sense of humor, Howard would always get everyone going over the strangest, unanticipated quips. God Bless Howard, may he be reunited with his family in God’s Kingdom, and my sincere condolences to the Graham family.

  • I was happily surprised to see Howard at the PS DuPont auditorium some years ago when I gave my testimony of receiving Christ as my Savior. For years we lived just a block away from each other in Wilmington, DE. May God bless all of those who are still searching for spiritual truth. John 3:16. Andy Rice born again March 7, 1968 [email protected]