NE (05/28/08) Longtime pastor at the Myrtle Baptist Church and community leader Rev. Howard Haywood gets a hug from a young member of congregation following his Sunday service on May 25, 2008.

I’m very sorry to report that Rev. Howard Haywood passed away.

Howard, whose family dates back seven generations in Newton, was the beloved pastor of Myrtle Baptist Church for 23 years. He was a civil rights activist and affordable housing advocate who was credited with securing housing for the homeless and meals for the hungry on a regular basis. He was a consummate volunteer, giving his time and energy to the Council on Aging; The Foundation for Racial, Religious and Ethnic Harmony; Newton Community Development Foundation, YMCA, Newton Clergy Association, Newton Boys and Girls Club, the Newton Human Rights Commission, and the Newton Human Rights Commission (and probably others). He’s been a recipient of the City’s Human Rights Award. Former Mayor David Cohen once said that Rev. Haywood did more to build community in the city of Newton than anyone he knew.

There is so much more to say about Howard. Please join us in sharing your memories. 

Village 14 sends it heartfelt condolences to Howard’s family and loved ones. 

We will update with funeral information when we have it. 



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