Dennis Howard


2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Bailey Funeral Home - Mendham
8 Hilltop Rd.
Mendham, New Jersey, United States

Funeral Mass

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
St. Joseph Church
W. Main St.
Mendham, New Jersey, United States

Obituary of Dennis M Howard

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Dennis Martin Howard, 91, of Woodland Lake, Mendham Township, passed away at home on May 6. He was born in New York City in 1930 to Stephen and Nora (O'Connor) Howard. He attended Maryknoll junior seminary and then attended New York University before leaving to begin a career in journalism. 

In 1950, Dennis helped start a lay Catholic daily newspaper, the Kansas City Sun Herald. He married and moved to New Jersey, where he worked for the Newark archdiocese newspaper, theAdvocate, then became the first lay editor of the Sign national Catholic magazine, and helped start a monthly magazine, Marriage, before founding an advertising agency specializing in promoting Catholic publications. 

Dennis branched out into general advertising as a marketing executive at various Madison Avenue ad agencies during the “Mad Men” era, serving such clients as Waring, Matchbox, and Aircraft Radio Corporation, and later pioneering the sale and distribution of household smoke detectors. After leaving Madison Avenue in the 1970’s, he continued to write and promote various clients through his own ad agencies. Following a long career in advertising, he founded the pro-life educational organization Movement for Better America in 1996, which he remained President of until his passing. 

Dennis was a treasured friend of Bill W for 50 years, and remained deeply involved in spreading his word. His interest in flying began in 1965, and he held a private pilot’s license with an instrument rating. His love of flying remained all his life.

His first marriage ended in divorce in 1963. He married Anne Harvie in 1967 and moved first to Chatham, NJ and then Mendham, NJ. 

He is survived by his wife Anne and his daughter Elizabeth Howard and husband Aaron Mattheis, Stephen Howard and wife Nissa and grandchildren Meera and Serena, Thomas Howard and wife Stefanie and grandchildren Jack Harvie and Gwendolyn Maria. 

He was predeceased by four children from his previous marriage, Edward Michael, Eva, George and Dennis, and is survived by three daughters from his previous marriage Margaret Howard, Regina Wilckens and Maura Hein, and by five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 11th from 2-5pm.  A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church in Mendham on Wednedsay, May 12th at 10:30 am.  Interment will be private. 


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