Howard passed away peacefully on October 17, 2015 at the Campbell River Hospital after a brave battle with cancer. Taken away from us too soon, he would have been 70 years old in January 2016. Left to mourn are his wife Elizabeth, son Stewart (Emily), daughter Cynthia, sisters Stephanie (John), Carol (Ben), Nancy (Russ), Senga (Larry), nephews, nieces and in-laws.
Born in Salisbury England, he spent his early childhood cared for by nannies and playing occasionally around the stones of Stonehenge. At age 6 he came with his family to Canada, spending a brief time on a farm in Saskatchewan and then spent many years in Telkwa, near Smithers, BC. At the age of 19 he went to UBC to procure a B.Sc. in Physics and held summer jobs in mining exploration. It was at UBC that he met his wife, Elizabeth, whom he married shortly thereafter.
He subsequently worked as a junior engineer at the pulp mill in Prince Rupert, then began his teaching career. He taught for many years in Port Hardy and Campbell River – mainly math, science, computer science, drafting, woodwork and metalwork. He later obtained a M.Ed. in Administration. Retirement found many joys including building a large workshop, travelling, hiking the great outdoors, and walking his dog Jake. He loved mechanics, construction, discussions, and was friendly to everyone.
The family would like to thank Father Jan Grotkowski, and Dr. Gunther Klein and all medical personnel involved in his care. In lieu of flowers please consider donating blood.
A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Patrick’s Parish on November 6, 2015 at 12 noon with burial to follow at Elk Falls Cemetery.