Howard Gooblar

Howard Gooblar

Howard M. Gooblar, 72, of Wharton died May 12, 2020. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, he settled in Sparta after having lived in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Dallas; Fresno, Calif.; and West Windsor.

Dr. Gooblar worked as a psychologist at Newton Hospital before opening a private clinical practice in Sparta in 1984. For 36 years, he counseled individuals, couples, and families at his office on Upper Lake.

He attended the University of Waterloo and Southern Methodist University before earning his Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology.

Among his interests were cooking, music, old movies, fishing, sailing, and traveling.

He is survived by his wife, Linda, whom he married in 1970; three sons, Aron (Brooke) of Maplewood, David (Katarina) of Iowa City, Iowa, and Jonathan (Myra) of San Francisco; a sister, Barbara of Toronto; a brother, Michael of Salt Spring Island, B.C.; his mother, Anne of Hamilton, Ontario; and three grandchildren.

Arrangements were handled by J.L. Apter Memorial Chapels of Newton. Memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (

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