Road to Responsibility, a nonprofit organizations supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, recently hosted an event in memory of Alexander “Alec” Howland Howes.
Howes was a long-time member of the organization’s Plymouth OPTS (Opportunities for Positive Transitional Services) program. Following his death on Feb. 28, Howes’s sister and brother awarded RTR with a donation in their brother’s memory. In lieu of flowers, many of Alec’s family and friends also made donations to RTR in his honor.
Family members and RTR staff were on hand during the May 26 ceremony when a plaque was unveiled, naming the Plymouth OPTS program’s lobby after Alec. Also attending the event was Plymouth County Sheriff Joe McDonald, his friend and a case manager for Howes in years past. McDonald shared many memories of Alec, capping the ceremony with smiles and laughter.
In honor of Alec’s favorite color and snacks, the lobby was festooned in a sea of red with Coca-Cola and a variety of tasty “junk” food served.
Although Howes was a resident of Kingston, he was a well-known figure in Plymouth, enjoying daily walks, shopping excursions, and keeping up with local happenings in the town that affectionately dubbed him “mayor.” Over the years he worked at several area markets, restaurants and at L. Knife & Sons.
“Alec will always be remembered for his dedication to his work and great sense of humor,” said Christopher White, CEO of Road to Responsibility. “He was a true friend to many and to say that he is missed is an understatement.”