Howard C. Arcon
Howard C. Arcon
  • December 31, 1914 - December 25, 2017
  • Matthews, North Carolina

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Howard Claude Arcon, 102, died peacefully on the morning of December 25, 2017 at Brookdale Carriage Club Providence in Charlotte.

Howard was born on December 31, 1914 in Saginaw, Michigan to the late Alexander and Emelia Arcon. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Louise Arcon; daughters, Eileen Hanlon and Joanne Crum; son-in-law, Fredrick Samperi; sister, Betty Schenk and brother, George Arcon. Surviving family members include his daughter, Elaine Samperi; son-in-law, Wendel Crum; 5 grandchildren, Laurie Pullen (Pete), Diana Lidgett (James), David Mautone (Aimee), Monique Samperi-Brooks (Steve Brooks), and Elizabeth Kirgan (Benjamin); 10 great-grandchildren, Courtney, Jessica, Meghan, Allyson, Austin, Griffin, James, Schuyler, Lucas and Eliza Rae; and his great-great granddaughter Rhylen. Along with many nieces and nephews.

He was a graduate of The Henry Ford Trade School in Dearborn, Michigan and Detroit Western High School. Howard attended the Aeronautical University of Chicago where he acquired his power-plant and aircraft license including pilot certificate. In 1938, he began working for American Airlines and moved to Queens, New York to work at LaGuardia Airport, where American was establishing a hub.

During World War II, commercial airlines were re-commissioned for military use and he moved to San Francisco to supervise aircraft maintenance at Hamilton Field while his family remained in NY. In 1950, the family relocated to Dearborn, Michigan. Howard retired after 40 years in Management of Aircraft Maintenance at Detroit Metro Airport. He was an American Airlines Pioneer along with being a member of The Three Diamond Society. After retirement in 1978, Howard and Louise traveled worldwide and eventually settled in Clearwater, Florida.

In retirement, Howard enjoyed golf, oil painting, building models and playing the piano. He lived life to the fullest. The residence and staff of Carriage Club enjoyed his piano playing daily right up until his recent health decline.

A celebration of life will be held from 2:00-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 31 at Brookdale Carriage Club Providence, 5800 Old Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28226.

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