Thomas G. Howard, age 56, of Cambridge died peacefully at home August 5, 2015. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, August 15th at Strike Funeral Home – Cambridge Chapel. A time for visiting will be held one hour prior to the service
Memorials are suggested to Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation, Neuroscience Institute, and Allina Health and Hospice Foundation.
Thomas George Howard was born July 17, 1959 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Frank and Dorothy (Reil) Howard. He was raised in South St. Paul, attended Holy Trinity Catholic School and graduated from South St. Paul High School in 1977. On September 13, 1980 Tom was married to Laurie Swift and they made their first home in South St. Paul. In 2006 they moved to Harris where they enjoyed country life. Recently in 2014 they built their new home in Cambridge. Tom worked in automotive parts and service, retiring from Southview Chevrolet in Inver Grove Heights. He then established and ran Ink Alley Goods for a number of years, selling clothing and accessories at tattoo and motorcycle conventions. In his free time Tom loved motorcycling, ice fishing, and craft beer brewing. He was a tattoo enthusiast, and his colorful art reflected his personality. He was dearly loved and his positive spirit and great humor will be missed by all who knew him. His family gives special thanks to Dr. John Trusheim and team at Abbott Northwestern, Karen Carlson and team at Visiting Angels of Cambridge, and Allina Health Hospice.
Thomas Howard died peacefully at home on Wednesday, August 5th following two and a half years with Anaplastic Astrocytoma Brain Cancer at the age of 56 years and 19 days. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Dorothy Howard; infant brother, James; and beloved nephew, Nicholas Murphy.
Tom will be lovingly remembered by his wife and best friend of 35 years, Laurie; daughter and his pride and joy, Leah Howard of Richfield; brother, Stephen (Vicki) Howard of South St. Paul; two sisters, Patricia (David) Radtke of Cupertino, California, Judith (Timothy) Murphy of Blaine; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and by many other relatives and friends.