Cobleskill - Howard Michael Bricker, age 79, passed away on Sunday, December 18 in Cobleskill, New York.
Howard was born on February 17, 1943 in New York, New York to Nettie (Colbert) Bricker and Louis Bricker. He grew up with the love and support of his parents, grandmother Ida Colbert, and aunt Ruth (Bricker) Fish.
Howard is survived by his wife of 61 years Arlene Bricker of Cobleskill, NY; children Steven Bricker and his fiancé Lori Jansen of Cobleskill, NY; Patricia Bricker of Waynesville, NC; and Lisa Stotz and her husband Fredrick Stotz of Cocoa Beach, FL; three grandchildren John and Sarah Stotz and Sofie Bricker; and his rescue dog Payton who ran up and chose him when they were at the shelter.
He was predeceased in death by his parents, his first born son Neil Richard Bricker, and his beloved dog Smokey.
Howard had a long, rewarding career with New York Telephone Company, starting as a cable splicer and moving up to management prior to retirement. He then moved to Cobleskill, NY to start his own business - PLASH Tools and Surplus.
In his younger days, he enjoyed playing racquetball, softball and coached his daughters’ softball teams to a victory. His children have fond memories of playing softball in their yards in both Mohegan Lake and Sharon Springs, NY. For many years, he was an auxiliary police officer in Yorktown Heights, NY. He enjoyed all things Mickey Mouse, collecting stamps, going to auctions, watching TV westerns, and all things related to his business. He was an avid and knowledgeable collector, ahead of his times in reusing and recycling all kinds of tools and machines.
Howard’s most important achievement was caring for and supporting his wife, children and their families.
A graveside service officiated by Rabbi Moshe Bomzer will take place on Thursday, December 22 at 11am at the Independent Benevolent Society of America Jewish Cemetery, 260 Fuller Road, Albany, NY. Arrangements are being provided by Levine Memorial Chapel.
Memorial donations can be made to the Schoharie County Animal Shelter, 304 Howe Cave Road, Howes Cave, NY 12092 or a breast cancer charity of your choice.
The services for Howard will be live streamed and can be viewed by clicking the link below: