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Howard Nelson Sager Jr.

Lowell – Howard “Howie” Nelson Sager Jr. of Lowell, born December 2, 1940, passed away on July 3, 2018, peacefully and surrounded by loved ones, due to complications resulting from Parkinson’s disease. He was the beloved husband of Carol Ann (Crowe) Sager of Lowell.

Raised in South Lowell, Howie was the eldest son of the late Howard Nelson Sager and Evelyn (Beauregard) Sager, owners of Sager’s Dairy of Lowell. Howie was a Boy Officer at Lowell High School and after graduating with the class of 1958, went on to proudly serve his country in the Marine Corp Reserve. Howie married his high school sweetheart, Carol Ann, lived in Belvidere and was President of Century 21 Sager Real Estate.

A true and lifetime lover of his hometown community, he was an active member of the Immaculate Conception Church, the Boys and Girls Club, the Lowell DeMolay and the Lowell Rotary Club, serving as President. Howie enjoyed playing tennis for years at Trull Brook with his good friends on Friday nights and loved playing golf, as a member of Vesper Country Club. He also loved his weekends with dear friends in Quechee, VT.

Howie and Carol moved to Scottsdale Arizona where they lived and loved more great friends and golf courses! They moved back to MA where they were active, doting grandparents, and he worked managing the Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate office in Belmont until his retirement in 2016.

In addition to his wife, Carol Ann, of 54 years, Howie is survived by his beloved daughters, Beth Sager and son-in-law John Bruce, Suzanne Sager and Martha Sager; and his 4 grandchildren Benjamin, Catherine, Cameron and Emerson Bruce – all of whom have been the wonderful beneficiaries of his most supreme love and pride.  The eldest of his siblings, Howie is survived by his sisters and brothers – Sally Ann (Sager) Hall and brother-in-law James Hall, Arlene Sager, late brother James “Jimmy” Sager, Edmund Sager, Tom Sager and sister-in-law Debbie (Berube) Sager.

Having as close a relationship as two families can have, Howie was one with the Crowe family nearly all of his life and is survived by his sister-in-law Deborah (Crowe) McDonnell and late brother-in-law Gerald McDonnell, brother-in-law Robert Crowe and Christine (Samuelson) Crowe, brother-in-law Ronald Crowe and Robin (Ryder) Crowe, and sister-in-law Maryjane (Crowe) Barros and Joseph Barros. He was a treasured cousin and cherished uncle.

Howie’s favorite song was “I’m looking over a four-leaf clover” which he would break into at full voice.  He would lead every booming “Hip Hip Hooray” when any occasion called for it.  There wasn’t an ice cream stand he didn’t know of.  He never missed a wedding dance to “Through the Years” with his forever darling, Carol Ann. He was always in attendance to support and enjoy his kids and grandkids at recitals, sporting events or general life celebrations.  He was an avid Boston-sports fan and adored cowboy movies.  He stepped up to every challenge life delivered his family or friends with nothing short of heroism; always humble and actively supportive.  His greatest happiness was simply and entirely the happiness of those he loved – especially his four girls.

In lieu of traditional services, the family will host a Celebration of Life in Howie’s honor at Howie and Carol Ann’s home - 23 Fox Hill Lane in Dracut, MA.  ALL are welcome! Come for 5 minutes or 5 hours (casual attire).  The celebration will be held Friday, July 13, 2018 from 2pm-7pm with memories being shared from 4:30p – 5:30p.  The family wishes to express their gratitude to Howie’s Neurologist, Dr. Priya Shastri, who provided ever attentive and generous care. Donations in Howie’s memory may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.


Condolences (6)
  • Pat & Joe Grygiel  - Our friend Howie
    Our dear Carol Ann, We are heartbroken on hearing of Howies passing. He was the most wonderful of men. A true gentleman and friend. We are so proud to have called you both our friends and have so many happy memories of our times together. Love to you and your beautiful family. Pat & Joe
  • Roger Durkin
    Howie was first and foremost a most honest man. His character was unquestionable. We grew up together in Wigginville. We worked together in the stock brokerage business for a number of years. He was the Executive VP in charge of everything. I depended on him for implementing anything. I truly am sad to hear the news.
  • Paul Sager  - Howie Jr.
    Hi Carol Ann Sorry to hear of Howie jr.s passing. I always remember Sundays and holidays visiting his parents house and Edmund and I hanging out around the dairy . I remembering him going out in that Marine uniform with the Sword for drnSp22ills in the sweltering summer heat Even 10 years older he always was nice to us. Please give our condolences to the rest of the family.He will always live in our memory as a great guy
  • Garry Sager
    One of my favorite cousins, When I was little he would take me out to the dairy and let me help mix some eggnog and then let me have a taste which I loved. When I worked at Wang he came in and had a meeting with some people that worked for me explaining the ins and outs of buying as home. He also connected me with the broker that I bought my home from. It was great that in the past few years I had an opportunity to spend time with him and Carol Ann at the polo games his grand children competed in. He will be missed by many of us and may god continue to bless his family.
  • Diane Sullivan Carroll
    My deepest love and sympathy to all of Howie's loved ones. Howie was one of the dearest men I have ever known. His love for his family was magnificent. My memories go back more than 60 years. Everyone of them will have a special place in my heart. RIP dear Howie. Love, Diane
  • Judith Heath  - Sending condolences and love
    What a lovely obituary for such a lovely man. I was always happy to see Howie’s smiling face and looked forward to sharing time with him. Sending love to Carol and his girls, and the grandkids. He loved them all so much.
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