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1927 - 2023

Howard was born in Elkhorn, Manitoba. His parents successfully raised Howard and his six siblings in close proximity to the prairie in rural Manitoba, before relocating to Winnipeg in 1951.

Howard received his degrees from the University of Manitoba and during the 1950s was a teacher at Lord Roberts School and Churchill High School in Winnipeg. During the 1960s Howard began his career with the Manitoba Teachers Society where he was responsible for negotiating on behalf of teachers with school divisions across the province. He left the Teachers Society in 1972 when he was appointed Superintendent of Winnipeg School Division #1

In 1968, he bought a small farm near Gardenton, Manitoba and the words fencing, chasing cows and stubborn became part of the family's vocabulary. Howard loved the solitude of working on the farm while at the same time welcoming friends and family who visited on a regular basis.

In 1973 he travelled to China and began a different career, exporting his knowledge of education and farming. He was fascinated with the country and its people and this journey lasted the rest of his life. He travelled back and forth to China every chance he could, making lifelong friendships.

Howard was a dedicated Liberal, running both federally and provincially. He was also very involved in his community, volunteering for many worthwhile causes.

Howard was a man of many words and wonderful stories. He always spoke his mind, usually in a kind and caring manner and was eager to give advice in a thoughtful and respectful way. Howard pushed all of us. Sometimes into beauty, sometimes into chaos.

Howard’s spirit will be forever remembered at Ling Yen Mountain Temple in Richmond, BC, as he continues his journey. His physical remains will be interred in Manitoba.

“All the worlds a stage,

And all the men and women merely players;”

Howard’s family is extremely grateful for the kindness, the empathetic care and the patience shown him by the staff and medical team at Riverview Long Term Care Home in Medicine Hat.

Memorial donations may be made to the mental health association of your choice.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 13, 2023

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • My condolences to Howard’s family. I met Howard through education and we spent many happy hours working on MTS activities. I remember a wonderful visit my late husband Aubrey and I took to his farm. When he came to Winnipeg in recent years, he always contacted us for lunch and shared his adventures. He was a great guy to know and work with. May he rest in peace! - Posted by: Linda Asper (Friend and colleague) on: May 19, 2023

  • My condolences to John, Bill, Cheryl and Naomi on the passing of your father, as well as relatives and friends. - Posted by: Jo Anne Crook (Employee of Comcheq/TelPay) on: May 17, 2023

  • I wish to extend my sorrow to Howard’s four children and the grandchildren in his family line, now that their patriarch has left the stage. The two of us said our last farewells in 1978 and he continued on his journey. I remember Howard as a man of intellect, of brooding passion, a dreamer, always ready to offer assistance to individuals and to groups, to educate and mediate in difficult situations, to find resolution or to embrace other options. Over the last 45 years, I wondered how he fared in his adventures and pursuits. It sounds as if he found some new beginnings and possibly met some ends along the way; and that he embraced Buddhism and found inner peace. My children remember him with fondness. I will hold dear my memories of the man. Sincerely, Sandra Gall - Posted by: Sandra Gall (friend) on: May 15, 2023

  • Fondly remembered from many gatherings and summer picnics. Howard was one of Dad’s (Lloyd) favourite cousins. Sorry to hear of his passing. A full life well lived. Jeff M. - Posted by: Jeff and Nancy MacAulay (Relative ) on: May 14, 2023

  • My condolences to Cheryl, John, Bill and Naomi....along with their children. He had a long fulfilling life. Uncle Howard will be remembered. Love to you all. Cousin Judy.❤ - Posted by: Judy Graham (Niece) on: May 13, 2023

  • My condolences to John, Bill, Cheryl, and Nomi (and their families) on the recent passing of their father. - Posted by: Betty Rowan (Cousin) on: May 13, 2023

  • Aside from the Christmas dinners held at Uncle Howard's and Aunt Wynn's place. There were so many people. Children at one table. Cheryl babysitting us. A lasting memory was Uncle Howard was visiting my parents place in Mississauga. I had just gone to career guidance at the YMCA. I had flunked first year Engineering. That after at least 2 strikes already and a couple of foul balls. It turned out the career guidance suggested social work. A week later a letter came from Uncle Howard stating he thought I would do well as a social worker. I really appreciated the letter. He was correct. I loved social work. Thank you Uncle Howard. - Posted by: John Loewen (Nephew ) on: May 13, 2023

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