August 7, 1912 ~ December 27, 2007
Hurley, Howard William, a 56 year resident of Torrance and parishioner of Nativity Catholic Church, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 27, 2007 in Temecula, California. Born in Albion, Pennsylvania in 1912, Howard was 95 when he died.
Howard moved with his family in 1923 and lived in Eagle Rock where he attended St. Dominic's Elementary School and Cathedral High School where he excelled in sports and debating. In his junior year moved to Berkeley, California where he graduated from Saint Mary's College High School and then graduated from Saint Mary's College. He joined the Christian Brothers order as Brother Arthur and taught English, journalism and headed the debating team and served as sports director at Sacred Heart High School in San Francisco.
Answering the call to duty, Howard joined the Army in 1943 and served in Europe starting in Normandy and advancing through to Czechoslovakia by the war's end. During the campaign he was wounded and received the Purple Heart medal. Howard continued his military career as a Special Agent in the Counter Intelligence Corps while stationed in Germany, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Following retirement from the Army in 1964, Howard resumed his teaching career at Jefferson and Anza Schools in the Torrance Unified School District and later at Bishop Montgomery High School.
After retirement from teaching in 1982, Howard, a deeply religious man, was actively involved in many service roles at Nativity Catholic Church. He and his wife, Agnes, also traveled extensively throughout the United States and the world.
Personal Interests/Hobbies - Literature, gardening and an avid Notre Dame and Bishop Montgomery sports fan.
He is survived by his sons Christopher, Timothy and Stephen, grandsons Gregory, Wesley, Shane and Daniel, granddaughter Tara and great-grandson Bryan. Preceded in death by his Wife, Agnes Catherine Hurley; Mother, Margaret Hurley; Father, William Hurley; Brother, James Hurley and Grandson, Jeffery Ryan Hurley.
The Memorial Service will be held at Nativity Catholic Church in Torrance on Saturday January 12 at 11:45 am. Burial with full military honors will follow at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
As a teacher, military officer and father, Howard was an inspirational leader to all that had the privilege of knowing him. He served God, country and his community with dignity and integrity. He was the consummate gentleman and will be profoundly missed.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association in Howard's honor.
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