Brynes, Howard W.


BRYNES, Howard W., 85, died on Friday August 11th, 2023, after a brief illness. He was born in Providence to the best possible parents, the late Leo and Libby (Jaffa) Brynes. He was a longtime resident of the Potowomut area of Warwick and most recently of Boynton Beach FL. He spent his youth hanging out with his lifelong best friend and cousin, the late Farrel Jaffa. After graduating from URI in 1961 with an engineering degree, he briefly worked in Rochester NY and then returned to Rhode Island to open his own precision machine shop. During the 1970s he owned and operated a bingo hall with his then companion and lifelong friend, Barbara. As co-owner with his sister Eleanor of the Atlantic Mills, he developed his vision of a community of artists, local businesses and of course the Big Top Flea Market.

Never one to sit still, he earned his small plane pilot’s license and flew a Cessna for business and pleasure for many years. He took many skiing trips with his friend David, driving to the ski slopes listening to ABBA on the tape player. His adventurous spirit took him to Europe riding his Harley and to Japan to develop a patent. In the 90s he decided to become a sailor and Captained the Tern for many years. He sailed Newport harbor and the islands with his poodle Bingo by his side. During these years he spent many hours with his much-loved grandsons, taking them to temple, cooking them breakfast, fishing and teaching them to be honorable and kind. He was a long-time member of Temple am David and its men’s club, where he would frequently cook lox, eggs, and onions after Friday minyan. His love for animals was well known. Always tender-hearted, he would feed the squirrels, birds, and chipmunks until they were fat and often eating out of his hand.  His poodles were his constant companions, and he would walk them for miles through Goddard Park enjoying the peacefulness and making many friends. His other love was playing gin. Whether he was playing with his mother in Florida or with Mark at a Red Sox game, he didn’t like to lose, often tearing up one card of the deck in a fit of annoyance at the terrible cards he was getting.

Howard exemplified kindness and generosity of spirit, always striving to do the honorable thing. His smile and spirit will be greatly missed. SUAD

He leaves behind his beloved Paige Plumb of the home, his dear sister Eleanor Brynes of Boynton Beach FL, his daughter Lauren Rosenberg of Warwick, his son Mitchell Brynes of Bushnell Florida, 9 grandchildren and one great grandson. He was predeceased by his dear daughter Lisa Brynes.

Funeral services will be held Thursday August 17th, 2023, at 11 AM in Shalom Memorial Chapel ,1100 New London Ave. Cranston. Shiva is private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Friends of Animals in Need, 105 Narragansett Street, North Kingstown RI 02852 or the charity of your choice.

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  1. Ellen W. Gourse
    Aug 14, 2023


    Sorry to hear about Howard. My thoughts and prayers are with you and his family.

    Ellen Gourse

  2. Arline Kushel Cusick
    Aug 16, 2023

    To Ellie, Lauren and the Brynes Family,
    I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Howie. My thoughts are with all of you. Don’t let go of your precious memories. They’ll get you through this difficult time. Sending you love and strength in this time of loss.

  3. Marion Woolf
    Aug 17, 2023

    Paige and Carter,

    We are saddened to hear of the loss of Howard. I always enjoyed his company and I know Mark did as well. May the years together and your memories bring you peace. He was a good man.

    Marion and Mark Woolf

  4. Cheryl Cummings-Pitts
    Aug 18, 2023

    To the Entire Brynes family,My condolences to you all,I used to work for Howard at the Atlantic Mills Bingo for many years,He was a very kind caring man and he will be missed,Rest In Peace Howard

  5. Lesley Nan Haberman
    Aug 18, 2023

    Dear Ellie,

    To have had Howard in my life (since birth) was to know the true meaning of a mensch… His unconditional love was his greatest gift of all. Howard never failed to find goodness in the most difficult of times.

    His generosity and his joie de vivre were contagious… His laughter, infectious. As Farrel’s sister and Howard’s cousin, I had front row seats to human kindness. He knew how to agree to disagree. He was so very bright…always sharing his knowledge in such humble ways. Ellie, you were his lifeline. He adored you as you did him. He loved playing gin rummy regularly with you..He knew he could also enjoy his favorite foods you prepared for him…especially your soups! No one knew him better than you. Yes, Howard and you were raised in an idyllic home with two wonderful parents… this led to you both enjoying one another for a lifetime… You were the best sister ever! And… you are the best cousin ever…you bring me solace as you celebrate your brother’s life… you said, a life well lived. Barbara…Robert and I will always keep you close to our hearts…and your Italian wedding soup. Thank you for loving Howard. Paige…although we only knew one another a few short years…we knew that Howard found a new life with you…I am so sorry for your loss…. Howard, I believe Auntie Libby and Uncle Leo have welcomed you home…. I can hear Farrel screaming… Howie, Howie, Howie…esoteric to just a few. May you rest in peace knowing how much goodness you have spread …. You will always be with us. Please make sure to shine your star down on the intercoastal… Ellie will be there looking up for you. Robert and I and our children will give charity in your name every day of our lives… We will continue to cherish our gift of you! So much love … so many unforgettable moments. Thank you my cousin… Lesley

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