Howard Joseph Soberg, Sr.

  • Born: May 23, 1921
  • Died: March 5, 2021
  • Location: Concord, Massachusetts

Concord Funeral Home

Director - Glenn D. Burlamachi, CFSP
74 Belknap St.
Concord, MA 01742

glennb@concordfuneral.com
Tel. (978) 369-3388

Tribute & Message From The Family


Howard Joseph Soberg Senior, was born in Concord, MA on May 23rd, 1921. He died peacefully on March 5th, 2021 at the age of 99 of natural causes. He is the son of Christine and Harold Soberg and is predeceased by his brother Paul and sister Helen. Howard "Howie" is survived by his beloved wife Thelma, whom he was married to for 74 years, his four sons and their significant others; Dana and Ellen of Ayer, MA, William and Rita of Littleton, MA, Peter and Diane of Lehigh Acres, FL, and H. Joseph Jr. and Julie of Acton, MA. Howie was the loving grandfather to Craig, Kelsey, Dakota, Taylor, Mackenzie, and Eric, and great grandfather to Isabel, Bailee, Grace, Maddoxx, Lilaa, Ethan and uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Howie was a lifelong resident of West Concord. Howie's careers in Concord included a milkman for Jone's Farm, school bus driver, Concord Firefighter, then became an on-call firefighter when he started his family business; E & S Mobile Service in 1955 with Ted Edwardsen in West Concord. For many years after his retirement, Howie continued to greet customers from his chair in the office, and would introduce the young kids who worked there how to use a broom and wash the customers' windows. He taught those who worked at the shop and his grandkids everything he knew about cars. On his lunch breaks he would return home to eat a sandwich prepared by Thelma, take a nap in his recliner, and wake up to return back to work on time. Howie's work ethic was impeccable and always whistled while he worked.

Howie and Thelma were not shy of an adventure. The two traveled with friends and siblings to many places which included cross country road trips, Italy, Mexico, Bermuda, and they visited his extended family in Norway. He and Thelma renewed their 50th wedding vows on a cruise in Alaska. Howie and Thelma in their retirement took their grandchildren on many small adventures which included trips to the circus, Polly's Pancakes in NH, fishing, and getting candy at The 5&10.

Howie and his family enjoyed spending vacations and weekends at their family cottage located in Bristol, NH on Newfound Lake. As a member of the Camelot Acres Residence Association, he and Thelma enjoyed their lake community of friends. Howie and Thelma were avid game players and would teach and play along with their children and grandchildren at the cottage. Howie enjoyed many activities at the lake which included fishing, teaching his children and grandchildren to waterski on the back of his Boston Whaler, swimming, playing large group night games of hide and seek, and cross-country skiing in the winter.

Family and friends of Howie will cherish the many memories they have of him. Their loving memories of Howie ("Grampy"), included how he would start each day with a bowl of Cheerios and sliced banana. He had a green thumb in the garden. To celebrate his 80th birthday, Howie, Thelma and her Sister Lil, went on a hot air balloon ride and their family cheered them on as they took off and then met them when they touched down. He taught his grandchildren about his favorite birds, shared milk and cookies with his great grandchildren and he went for a ride in a ten wheeled dump truck for his 92nd birthday. He shared his hostess cupcakes during snack breaks at the garage. Anyone who got to know and love Howie, knew he enjoyed a good meal by how he hummed and tapped his foot while he ate. He is and always will be forever missed for everything he has done, and the people he has impacted throughout his life.

Funeral service and burial in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery will be private. To view the funeral service, please use the link below:
https://www.geminigraphicsstreaming.com/Concord/HaroldSoberg.mp4

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Howie's name to:
Concord's Council on Aging (CCOA)
1276 Main Street
Concord, MA 01742
or
Corinthian Lodge A.F. & A.M
58 Monument Square
Concord, MA 01742


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Condolence & Memory Journal

I am very sorry for your loss. Uncle Howie made me want to become a mechanic just so I could work with him.

Posted by Kathy Dick-Frederick, Nancy Hansen's daughter    April 10, 2021

He was such a nice sweet man, so sorry for your loss. Lisa Nickerson Janus

Posted by Lisa Janus - CLT, NC - Coworker   March 23, 2021

So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Kristin & Mike Bartelson    March 18, 2021

Dear Joe, Bill , Dana and family. I will always recall Howard fondly. He always had a warm smile for me and always checked with me about the weather forecast. He had a gentle and friendly manner and will be missed. I hope you will get comfort from the many great years of happy memories.

With sympathy. Dave Cook

Posted by David Cook - Shirley MA, MA - Friend   March 13, 2021

Rick Vaccarello, I remember our Christmas Eves with Howie and New Found Lake. Howie taught me how to water ski behind his Boston Whaler

Posted by Rick Vacarello - Naples, FL - Family   March 13, 2021

I was fortunate to have a job that allowed me to travel extensively and meet thousands of people from all walks of life. But, without a doubt, one of the nicest, most decent human beings I have ever known could be found at a gas station in West Concord.
Howie Soberg represented all the qualities parents hope their kids will have: hard-working, even-tempered, fair, empathetic and with a quiet sense of humor that brightened the lives of all those with whom he came into contact.
Lib and I send our condolences to Thelma, Dana, Bill, Pete and Joe and their families. The world was a better place for Howie's having been here and is the poorer for his passing. RIP, my friend.

Posted by Dick & Lib Monaghan - Concord, MA - Friend   March 12, 2021

My sweet Uncle Howie was a gentle giant...kindhearted, sincere, and loved by so many. That dry sense of humor and straight face got me every time! Fond memories of Thanksgiving feasts with 8 rambunctious kids running around (7 of them boy energy!) are emblazoned in my childhood mind. Both Uncle Howie and Aunt Tema cherished family above all, and I know they are so proud of Dana, Bill, Pete, and Joe and their families. Sending love to all as we celebrate the life of an amazing man!

Posted by Sally Whitehouse - Austin, TX - Family   March 12, 2021

For a day I have been at a loss for words . My best memories of howie is when me and Frank Cormier and bob Mullin formed the teen employee force with howie and Ted as our leaders . In my first year we went to The Soberg house for a Christmas party . there I saw Howie for the first time out of uniform with no hat and his great wife and family all round him . Howie was lucky to have such a great family and Joey, Billy and Dana were just good friends as co workers , a tribute to the great person he was .I was glad to have known him . After about 20 years of not seeing him I walked away n snd he recognized me like we had been friends all along . So long Howie I will never forget you

Posted by Paul Rousseau - Concord, MA - Coworker   March 11, 2021

To Auntie Temma and cousins in Concord. Uncle Howie was a legend in W. Concord, always upbeat great wry sense of humor. I quote him saying " I'll take that statin, then I can eat more "good stuff" Temmas incredible pastries at Christmas time! What a great guy!

Posted by Ron Morrison - Edgewater, FL - Family   March 11, 2021

Temma, Dana, Billy, Joe and Peter and family--So sorry to hear of Howie's passing. He always, always had a smile on his face. The fondest memory I have is when a few of us years ago went up to the cottage in Bristol, NH and played "hide an seek" at night--- quite a few laughs!!! Temma please take care of yourself and accept my condolences. Kitty (Lamonakis) Molakas

Posted by Kitty Lamonakis Molakas - MEDWAY, MA, MA - Family Friend   March 10, 2021

I remember every spring, Howie would say to me "Is it time to plant the flowers yet?" That meant he wanted the morning glories planted. They always did look beautiful. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Soberg family.

Posted by Chris and Paul Denaro - Concord, MA - Friend   March 10, 2021

Howie will be sorely missed as he was everyone's friend. I will always remember hanging out at E&S as a youngster dreaming about the days when I could have my own car. Prayers to all of the Soberg family.

Posted by Mark Higgins - Maynard, MA - Friend   March 09, 2021

Condolences to you all. Howie was a wonderful man.
Love to you all..
Laurie, Robin, and Rachel Taylor

Posted by Laurie Taylor - Littleton, MA - Family Friend   March 09, 2021

So sorry to hear of Howie's passing. He was a kind and thoughtful soul.

Posted by Meg & Mark - Littleton, MA - Friend   March 09, 2021

To all the Soberg Family. Our hearts are so sad to hear of Howie's passing. He was the sweetest man we ever knew. Always a big grin on his face and a very dry sense of humor. We became friends when we came up to Newfound Lake - Camelot Acres in the early 70's. Our families shared so many happy times at the lake. Howie and Tema were a great couple and we considered ourselves fortunate to have them as our dear friends. Rest in peace Howie. Your family was so blessed to have you for so many years. To the family - share your memories with others to help ease your loss. Love and prayers to all. Elsa and Bob Johnson and family.

Posted by Elsa Johnson - Bristol, NH - Family Friend   March 08, 2021

Howard was my client for a year or so he was a very happy man most of the time I will miss him deeply his smile lit up the room he loved his sweets an especially his back rubs I thank him an his wife for letting me into there life god bless

Posted by Marie Flanders - Lunenburg, MA - Friend   March 08, 2021

William Gibson

Posted by William Gibson - Pepperell, MA - Family Friend   March 08, 2021

There are too many wonderful stories to tell! What a wonderful man, and a wonderful family! We miss Howie and Tema at Camelot A res, but we still talk about them! We are so glad Howie was a part of our lives. Thoughts are with all his family!

Posted by Ellen and Peter Rawlings - Billerica, MA - Friend   March 08, 2021

I have such fond memories of Howie , riding my bike down to the gas station when in was at the end of Crest St for a soda from the Coke machine.. as well as many others, My sincerest best wishes to the family, so sorry for your loss , Joelle Dearborn Hanley

Posted by Joelle Hanley - Burlington, MA - Family Friend   March 08, 2021

So saddened to hear of Howie's passing. Our sincere condolences to his entire family. Having worked at E&S during high school, Howie became an additional roll model for a young kid. He was smart, kind, a willing teacher and a great boss. He taught us how to be patient, empathic, and that a strong work ethic will get you far in this world. It is fitting that he leaves such a strong legacy for his family, friends and Concord. RIP Howie.

Posted by Paul Gillis - Hixson, TN - Coworker   March 08, 2021

Sorry for your loss. Howie was great man who could make me laugh whenever I stop by. Thank you for the memories.
Christopher Lanigan
Littleton MA

Posted by Christopher Lanigan - Littleton, MA   March 08, 2021

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To The Entire Soberg Family,We're so sorry about the loss of Howie , Nicest Man You Could Ever Meet,I was at the garage all the time I was in business and he had a great dry sense of Humor and Was Always Out There Washing Your Windows And I Always Enjoyed Going There, Our Thought's and Prayers are with all of You At This Difficult Time,Love,Craig and Kathy Lifner

Posted by Craig Lifner - Kerrville, TX - Friend   March 08, 2021

What a wonderful man Howie was. Always happy, always positive. We were so fortunate to have known Howie for so many years. He was certainly blessed with a full long life. Our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Thelma, and to all Howie's family. With our deepest sympathy,

Posted by Bob and Maureen (Dee) Steinmann - Brewster, MA - Friend   March 08, 2021

So sorry to hear this. Howie and his wife Thelma lived in back of us on Upkand Rd. They were friends of my family for years. I am now living in Bristol, NH. My condokences to his family. RIP Howie.

Posted by Bill Beharrell - Bristol, NH - Friend   March 08, 2021

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So sorry for your loss. Such a great guy! Haven't seen him for years, but he's always thought of and mentioned when I talk about my favorite boss.

Posted by Judy (Gillis) Illsley - Grafton, MA - Coworker   March 08, 2021

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Many memories walking down the Ave. Seeing him out there with brother Bobby pumping gas. Our sincere Condolences to the family & his many Friends <3>
Charlie Davieau & Colleen (Mullen) Davieau

Posted by Chas.& Colleen Davieau - Groton, MA - Friend   March 08, 2021

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So sorry for your loss. Howie would always be friendly and a pleasant part of getting gas at E&S. Never saw him without a smile. Glad he enjoyed a long life with Thelma and family. He was a part of West Concord's history. May he Rest In Peace.

Posted by Helen Ford - Concord, MA - Acquaintance   March 08, 2021


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I remember every spring, Howie would say to me "Is it time to plant the flowers yet?" That meant he wanted the morning glories planted. They always did look beautiful. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Soberg family.
A visit from Texas