The recent passing of a small town's beloved manager made statewide headlines this past week. Kevin Howell, age 51, died after saving his young son Sawyer's life in a tragic accident on the icy waters of Etna Pond located in Carmel, Maine.
A Family Man Called to Duty
By all accounts, Kevin Howell cherished time spent with loved ones, especially his wife and young boy. The Howells moved from away from the more populated southern region of Maine to the rural town of Carmel in 2014. Drawn by the natural beauty and simpler way of life, the couple put down roots in this tight-knit community located about 50 miles outside Augusta.
They befriended locals through Kevin’s enthusiasm for fishing, boating, and skiing. Known for firing up the barbecue at home to feed family plus friends, he extended this hospitality professionally too.
Upon being in as Town Manager, Kevin facilitated constructive connections between citizens and government using goodwill gestures like cooking hearty soups or baking fresh bread for town hall meetings.
Above all, Kevin remained utterly devoted to growing a family. He and Katie announced the arrival of son Sawyer in 2019 - the light of Kevin's life. The loving boy reciprocated by proudly undertaking new adventures alongside his dad like hiking trails or learning to cast lines into the pond that would ultimately take his father's life.
Even during bitter Maine winters, Kevin made a point of taking Katie and toddler Sawyer out to experience treasured pastimes like ice skating under the stars sparkling over frozen lakes.