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Born: Jul 23, 1948

Date of Passing: Aug 12, 2022

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Howard Curle passed away on August 12, 2022, at age 74. He was a beloved husband, brother, uncle, friend and teacher.
Howard is survived by his wife of 32 years, Bev Phillips; his brothers, Wayne (Marj) and Warren (Teri); niece Riley (Kevin Hirschfield); brothers-in-law, Cliff Hodgins (Cyndi, niece Nikki and nephew Alex) and James Hodgins; special friends, Deb and Tess McMorran; and many cousins and good friends.
Howard was born on July 23, 1948, to John and Mary (Johnny and Mollie) Curle. He grew up in St. James, and enjoyed playing outdoors with his brothers and attending Scouts. At St. James Collegiate, Howard caught the theatre bug, appearing in school plays. He earned a BA in History at the University of Winnipeg (U of W) where he wrote for the student newspaper, helped run the student film society, and greatly enjoyed the challenges of academia. Howard followed in the Curle family tradition and worked at Eaton's for several years, mostly in the book department, and also worked at Mary Scorer Books. Thanks to his years as a bookseller, he was talented at giving just the right books as gifts.
Howard took theatre courses at the University of Winnipeg and film courses at the University of Manitoba (U of M). In 1978 he joined his friend John Kozak at New York University, and earned a Masters in Cinema Studies. In 1990, he started teaching regularly at the U of M, and during that time he co-edited a book on Vittorio De Sica with his colleague Steve Snyder. In 2005 he moved to the University of Winnipeg , where he taught until retiring in 2019. Thanks to the generous staff at the U of W Theatre and Film Department for helping him finish his last academic year. As well as teaching, Howard was involved with the Winnipeg Film Group and was a good friend of the late Dave Barber. He appeared in many films made by local filmmakers, and in dozens of films made by his U of W students.
Everyone who knew Howard remembers his gentle nature, his smile, and his abiding genuine love of cinema. He was devoted to teaching and to encouraging young filmmakers. More than a few people have called him "a film encyclopedia." He also had a wide range of other interests including literature, music and history, and constantly acquired new interests throughout his life. The Millennium Library was one of his favourite places.
Howard and Bev loved to travel together, in Europe, the U.S. and Canada, and especially New York. Closer to home, they enjoyed vacations in Gimli and nights out at Goldeyes games. In the last few years, Howard was able to keep attending movies, plays, operas, and concerts.
Howard was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in the fall of 2018. Thank you so much to the wonderful team of professionals at CancerCare Manitoba who provided excellent medical care with kindness and consideration. Dr. Rami Kotb led the hematology team. A special recognition to Jayne Kasian, our nurse-practitioner who guided us for almost four years with gentleness and confidence. Also, thanks to the Palliative Care Program and Riverview Health Centre for looking after Howard in his final days.
A Celebration of Life will be planned so the many people whose lives were touched by Howard can share their memories.
Donations to CancerCare Manitoba, the University of Winnipeg or any other educational institution would be welcome.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 20, 2022

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Such beautiful tributes have been paid to Howard. I hope these tributes, your friends and your happy memories with bring you comfort and peace, Bev. My sincere condolences to you. - Posted by: Helen Whetter (friend) on: Sep 14, 2022

  • The love between you and Howard is one of a kind - just like him. I didn't know his background, just knew you were both cool, into the arts, travel and love living downtown. It bring a smile to my face whenever we saw you together, holding hands and enjoying each other #couplegoals He will always be beside you. - Posted by: Melanie, Edward and the kitties (Neighbour) on: Sep 14, 2022

  • Cliches are sometimes called 'the eternal commonplaces.' I mention that because Professor Curle exemplified two such commonplaces, a noble soul, one of nature's gentlemen. - Posted by: Tim Sayeau (former student) on: Sep 11, 2022

  • My deepest condolences to Bev and Howard's other family members. While I had not seen Howard in recent years, I have fond memories of my times back in Winnipeg with Howard and his many friends. I am very sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Harold J Arkin (friend) on: Aug 25, 2022

  • I'm so sad to see that Howard died. I probably haven't seen him in over 30 years. I got to know him when we were both undergrads at the University of Winnipeg in the late 1960s. He was a member of our very active, and very intellectually exciting, Libertarian Club. I remember how much he was into movies. He would tell of them with such enthusiasm and that sweet grin. Howard always struck me as being very innocent. I don't mean that he didn't know things but that he seemed to greet each new person with good will. I often got the impression that by doing so, he created an immediate good will in the other person that might not have been there otherwise. In short, he spread good will. - Posted by: David R. Henderson (Friend at the University of Winnipeg.) on: Aug 22, 2022

  • I just heard from Bev while outside, that Howard passed on. I am terribly sorry for his loss, I always saw his wife w/him. They rarely were seen in the lobby individually. It was nice to see a couple 'always together'; we don't see enough togetherness these days. R.I.P. HOWARD💐 YOU WILL BE MISSED🙏 From the Riverwalk Building ❤️ - Posted by: Deborah Bonneville (Neighbor) on: Aug 20, 2022

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