Mr. Brelsford was born in Bristol a son of the late Thomas and Grace (Pardey) Brelsford. He had worked at the Kaiser Aluminum Company, and was a member of the United Rubber Cork / Linoleum and Plastic Workers of America (AFL-CIO). In January 1963, he was appointed chief of the Division of Public Buildings by Mr. O’Donnell, director of administration.
A member of the republican Committee in Bristol, Mr. Brelsford headed the campaign of Gov. Chafee in the town.
Active in civic affairs in Bristol, Mr. Brelsford participated in Red Cross and Community Chest drives. He was an ambulance driver for Colt Memorial Ambulance Inc. He was a past president of of the Parent Teachers Association in Bristol. He was educated in Bristol public schools, graduating from Colt Memorial High School in 1948.
A lifelong Bristol resident, he also worked at Victor Electric, and was on the Cemetery Commission for North Burial Ground.
“Howie” enjoyed doing crosswords and word jumbles, liked sitting in the sun at loafers corner in Bristol, and enjoyed sports. He won several contests on Lite Rock 105, winning many bags of coffee from them.
He was a loving and caring father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend to all who knew him.
Mr. Brelsford is the father of Charlene Cioe of Bristol, the grandfather of five, and the great grandfather of five. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was the father of the late Patricia Harris, and brother of the late Henry Brelsford, Thomas Brelsford, Walter Brelsford, and also the late Priscilla Abrahams. He was the grandfather of the late Tyrone Mello, and the late Jamie Lee Cioe.
His funeral service will be held Saturday Aug. 9 at 10 a.m. in the Smith Funeral and Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Road, Warren. Burial will be in North Burial Ground, Bristol. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Calling hours are Friday, 4-8 p.m.
Gifts in his memory may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham MA 01701.