Theodore John Houston, Jr.

  • Born: February 2, 1930
  • Died: December 1, 2020
  • Location: Boscawen, New Hampshire

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Loving Husband, Father and Teacher

Message From The Family

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Theodore J. (Ted) Houston Jr., 90, died Tuesday December 1, 2020 four days after suffering a stroke. He was born in Concord, NH February 2, 1930, the son of Theodore J. Houston Sr. and Helen Kimball Houston. Raised in Belmont, MA and spending summers with his grandparents in Farmington and Boscawen, NH, he graduated with the Belmont High School Class of 1947. He attended the University of New Hampshire but left after his freshman year to pursue military service. On completion of active duty he returned to UNH and Theta Chi fraternity, but finished his degree with the Plymouth Teachers College class of 1953. He remained in the U. S. Army Reserve for 34 years, retiring as a Sergeant Major in 1981.

Ted taught school and was principal of the Lincoln School in Lincoln, NH and was the first principal of the Maple Avenue School in Goffstown, NH. In 1960 he began teaching in the public schools in Newton, MA and remained there until his retirement in 1991. He loved teaching, trading in his administrative experience for a chance to remain in the classroom with his "kiddos." His Plymouth classmates and his many teaching colleagues remained treasured friends throughout his life.

While living in Massachusetts he became an avid Revolutionary War re-enactor, belonging to several 18th century re-enactment groups. He was a founding member of the Bedford Minuteman Company, rising to captain of the company and participating in events throughout the Northeast. Later he joined "Rochambeau's Army" and participated in re-enactments as far away as Yorktown, Virginia and even Paris, France.

An early proponent of recreational vehicles, he traveled extensively with the family throughout North America, as well as several trips to Europe and the Caribbean. In 1968 he took his family north to Alaska in the day when such an adventure meant twelve flat tires and two broken wheels along the Alaska Highway. On settling in Boscawen he enjoyed an active retirement divided between community involvement, restoring his 18th century home, and travel. He served eight years as a Selectman and was instrumental in bringing the State Veterans Cemetery to Boscawen, a cause he dearly loved.

An active Free Mason for more than 65 years, he was Past Master of Parker Lodge No. 97 in North Woodstock, NH and a member of Scottish Rite. He was a recipient of the General John Stark Medal from the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire for service to New Hampshire Masonry.

Throughout his life, Ted believed deeply in service to others, whether through teaching, the military, Masonry, volunteering with the Boy Scouts and the churches he belonged to, or by donating blood. From the first moment he could he was a consistent blood donor giving dozens of blood units until advancing age forced him to stop. Then he found other ways to serve. Late in life he spent more than 20 years volunteering in the Emergency Department at Concord Hospital in Concord, NH.

Ted was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Cynthia A. Houston of Boscawen, and his sister Mary Ann Hermance of Weymouth, MA. He is also survived by three children, COL (ret.) James C. Allard and his wife Gail of Pittsfield, NH, Douglas M. Houston and his wife Suzanne of Farmington, NH, and Deborah Goodin and her husband Douglas of Andover, NH. He is further survived by two grandsons, Jason Allard and Maxwell Goodin, as well as a niece, Susan Leister of Williston, VT and nephew, David Hermance of Scituate, MA.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, services and interment at the State Veterans Cemetery are planned for May of 2021. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are encouraged to the Boscawen Historical Society ( www.boscawenhistoricalsociety.com ), or the Scottish Rite Children's Dyslexia Centers ( www.childrensdyslexiacenters.org/donate), or consider becoming a blood donor (www.redcrossblood.org ). Arrangements have been entrusted to Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium. To view an online tribute, leave a message of condolence or for more information please visit www.phaneuf.net.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I met Ted while working at Concord Hospital. Ted and I had a long talk one time about marriage, and he gave me the best piece of advice that I still treasure to this day. He told me to "give 100% and don't keep score." I am forever grateful for his words of wisdom, and that I got to meet a man so remarkable as him.

Posted by Megan Ciccarello - Salisbury, NH   January 26, 2021

I met Ted and Cynthia several years ago when my wife and I were in Boscawen to have a memorial for my wife's mother, Ted's first cousin. The Houstons were so welcoming and helpful with arrangements that I immediately felt I was an important part of their family. Ted was a font of knowledge regarding local history and geography and drove us all over the Concord area that year and during subsequent visits. His volunteerism, love of history and gregarious nature only suggested his vitality and love of life. I am honored to have made his acquaintance and will miss him and cherish his memory always.

Posted by Rick Stucker - Family   December 30, 2020

I met Ted at Boscawen Elementary where I taught 5th grade. Ted did a read-aloud about a famous Civil War nurse to our 5th graders each year for many years. In addition, he was a judge for our Gettysburg Address memorization contest each and every year from its inception. I always enjoyed talking to him, and am grateful to have had the opportunity to serve as a Gettysburg Address judge with him in 2019. Ted exemplified public service and volunteerism. He will be missed

Posted by Bruce Currie - Concord, NH - Friend   December 29, 2020

Ted was a good man. I'm glad I met him.

Posted by Diane Jackson - Contoocook, NH - Acquaintance   December 21, 2020

Dear Ted and family,
As a former resident of Boscawen, we remember the Houston family well. Dad Ted created the ball field at the church park. Rest in peace brother. My husband is a Mason and Scottish Rite member.
Hilda Gilbert Pfeil. I am the last of the original Gilbert family since 1938.

Posted by Hilda Gilbert Pfeil - Denville, NJ - Friend   December 19, 2020

A fine, fine Gentleman and a true Boscawen Father.

Posted by Ron McDaniel - Friend   December 19, 2020

We lived on North Water St for 17 years.
We always looked forward to seeing Mr and Mrs Houston when we would walk by. Good kind people. A definitely loss for the Boscawen community. Our thoughts are with his wife and family.

Posted by Debbi & Peter Miller - Neighbor   December 19, 2020

My deepest condolences Cynthia, Mary Ann, and the entire Houston family. I have many fond memories volunteering with Ted. He was an amazing person. Send thoughts and prayers. Ron

Posted by Ron Reed - 03224, NH - Friend   December 12, 2020

Mr.Houston Jr. thank you for your service RDM Windham NH

Posted by - Friend   December 12, 2020

Ted was a great man, a good neighbor, and I considered him a great friend. He was 30 years my senior but we had some wonderful conversations.
Intelligent, witty, humorous, kind, humble, generous, selfless, proud, just a few of Ted’s wonderful qualities.
My condolences to the Houston family.
I will miss Ted’s infectious smile!
God Bless,
Dean

Posted by Dean Anderson - Friend   December 11, 2020

Theodore many a Friday you and your wonderful wife were customer at Parkers Restaurant we loved seeing you come in the door and always so wonderful to us showing us how much you cared and loved our Restaurant.. I remember you so well as someone that took such wonderful loving care of your wife and it showed.. You were never ever quiet about a compliment which you gave often with much love. It was a pleasure knowing you and your wife and you have definitely been missed.. Reading your obituary was a pleasure realizing what a great life you lead with so very many extremely impressive accomplishments.. To your family please accept my deep condolences. George and I were definately blessed to know you and your wife.. RIP. Heidi & George Parker

Posted by Heidi & George Parker - Friend   December 10, 2020

This is a beautiful tribute to a man with a powerful moral compass and a tremendous work ethic. I will always treasure my memories of him, and will take forward with me a lot of love. Susan

Posted by Susan Leister - Williston, VT, VT - Family   December 10, 2020


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