John Peter Howell

May 24, 1925 - February 21, 2018

Obituary

John Peter passed away in Richmond, BC on February 21, 2018 at the age of 92. He is survived by his loving wife Winnifred and their eight children: Kathleen, Ann Marie, Peter (Margaret), Michael (Julie), Mary Susan (Paul), Theresa (Francis), John (Kimberly) and Carolyn (Brett) as well as 20 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Dad was born in Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan on May 24, 1925, of an Irish mother and an English father. He grew up in Britain, mainly Glasgow and the north of England but always spent all the summers of his youth in Ireland with his grandparents for whom he had a tremendous fondness and where he earned medals for his Irish dancing. At the age of 16, he enlisted in the Royal Air Force, lying about his age to get into the adventure and avoid the coal mines! He had three exciting years as a flight mechanic based in Maison Blanc in North Africa getting to travel to Rome twice for an audience with Pope Pius XII with the White Fathers. His ship, the Windsor Castle, was torpedoed off the coast of Sicily; Dad, ever the good sleeper, slept through it and had to be awakened to abandon ship!

He decided to return to the country of his birth after the war and the same week, met the love of his life, Winnifred Booth. They married in 1950 and due to Dad’s job with Dun and Bradstreet, moved eight times all over southern Ontario and as far west as Calgary, being blessed with a new baby each move. Ever the adventurer, Dad moved the family to Glasgow, Scotland in 1971, where he started his own manufacturing business. Mum and Dad stayed there for ten years, enjoying their life together, travelling all over Europe and welcoming many overseas guests including Mum’s sole surviving sister Mary Coats and her husband Jim. Upon returning to Canada in 1983, Mum and Dad settled in Richmond BC., returning often to Scotland and Ontario to visit children and relatives. They joined St. Joseph the Worker Parish where Dad became a Knight of Columbus and they made many friends.
The family has been so heartened by the outpouring of love for our Dad - friends, relatives, carers, extended family - all remembering his great sense of humour, his fondness for “a wee dram,” his friendliness and easygoing nature. Dad will be greatly missed but we now have our own guardian angel in Heaven. God bless you, Dad!

Our heartfelt thanks to Drs. Robert Mackenzie, Ebtia, Hennessey, Schendel, Butler, all the nurses who cared so well for him at Richmond General Hospital, our wonderful home help from Paramed and the nurses from Community Outreach Pharmacy who helped keep him in such good health for so long. Special thanks from the family to St. Patrick Regional Secondary School for all the compassion and tremendous support and allowing Ann Marie to be with our parents.
Prayers will held at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 4451 Williams Road, Richmond, BC at 6:30 pm Monday March 5, 2018 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday March 6, at 10:30 am to be celebrated by Father Mark McGuckin.

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Guest Book

Theresa Duffy (Howell)

Feb 28, 2018 5:50am

"I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
as long as I’m living
my Daddy you’ll be.”

Good night and God bless, Dad. See you on the other side. Love always, Theresa xxx

Uncle Jim and Aunty Mary Coats

Feb 28, 2018 7:04am

Travels with our brother in law, John - I've been thinking about more funny things he and I were mixed up in. After he picked me up in Aberdeen Airport we went to Perth to see the hotel Bonnie Prince Charlie slept in. I bet there are at least a hundred of them! When we got there we enquired about supper and were told they had a private engagement on run by the Vittlers. They introduced us to the President and we explained our meal requirements. He said for us to come on in as though we were paid up members and have a few drinks at the bar and and sit down for supper. He said no one knows everybody here and nobody will challenge you. So we had a drink and a lovely dinner and people did not ask us where we were from or what company we were with. They made us feel totally welcome. After dinner the hotel desk man told us he'd been given orders to fix us up with a room and he told us which it was. Of course your Dad paid for it and I am able to say I slept where Charlie did! We also went to a hunting lodge near Balmoral and the man running said he was sorry but he had to go to the dentist and asked us to look after the place till we were done. We'd already ordered our drinks so didn't need another. Two customers came in who we charged what seemed appropriate and we put the money in the till and left a thank you note. I don't remember locking up but we likely did! On the next day we went to a little restaurant for lunch. A very attractive east Indian woman came in and sat up at the counter. The man behind the counter asked what she'd have and she ordered soup. After a couple of spoonsfull she pushed the bowl away and the waiter asked her if she did not like the soup. She said she didn't but would pay for it. He then called out to the cook: Hey Maggie, she dinna like your soup. There's nay enuff curry in it. We told him that in Canada he'd be arrested for saying that and he thanked heaven he did not live here! Oh, he was a delight to be with for sure!
Love and hugs!

Uncle Jim and Auntie Mary

Frank Duffy

Feb 28, 2018 9:47am

John is - and will remain - an example for us all.

His faith was the foundation of the way he lived his life, making him quietly confident, self-assured but loving and fair, kind and strong. Combined with a wonderful sense of humour and the skill of telling a good story well, this made John a charismatic character who was liked, loved and admired by everyone who met him.

Whilst being deeply principled, John was the most patient, most content person I have known.

I will miss him so much.

Ann Marie Howell McGrath

Feb 28, 2018 7:17pm

Dad, you always had such a great sense of humour and turn of phrase. Here's one of your favourite and most often used: Two Scottish golfers are out on the links and a hearse goes by. One of the golfers, puts his club down and doffs his hat. His friend comments on his show of respect and asks if he knew the dead person. He replies, "Aye, she was a good wife." Haste ye to Heaven, Dad - "the tooter de sweeter!" AMxo

Mike Howell

Feb 28, 2018 10:27pm

I'll miss you, Dad. God bless you.

Carolyn Howell

Feb 28, 2018 11:41pm

Will miss you every day, Dad. Enjoy your new journey. Your gonna be the best guardian angel ever. Xxxx

Peter Howell

Mar 1, 2018 5:29am

"Reach out your hand if your cup be empty
"If your cup is full may it be again
"Let it be known there is a fountain
"That was not made by the hands of men"
-- "Ripple," Robert Hunter

God bless you, Dad.
May it always be "Happy Hour" at Heaven's bar.
Love, Pete

Paul McCluskey

Mar 1, 2018 7:01am

Losing a father is never easy, especially a father who gave so much unconditional love. His life had been about sacrifice, unselfishness, and generosity. John was a true gentleman and will be greatly missed . Condolences to the family .

Jim and Nancy Beesley

Mar 1, 2018 12:24pm

We learned a lot about Uncle John from the obituary. Quite a life! What we did know was his strong sense of family and how highly regarded he was by Jim’s parents Beryl and Jack. He leaves quite a legacy with his large family.

nancy raycroft

Mar 1, 2018 7:00pm

My Dear, Sweet Uncle John ~ You were one of my faves...XOX I'll always remember your visit to Sidney B.C. in '85. You engaged with my 5yr. old like a pro, hoisting her on your lap. Smiles and giggles all around! A GREAT Uncle indeed! I'll never forget your calm, insightful demeaner and delightful accent. You will be surely missed. Much love and friendly faces await you in this next chapter~XOX

Matthew Howell

Mar 3, 2018 5:03pm

I am proud to be able to call him my Grandpa.

He was the best bedtime storyteller.

The way he lived his life is a shinning example of how to be a great human being.

Jimmy and Carmel Fox

Mar 3, 2018 7:39pm

John was a very loving caring man who along with his wife Winnie raised 7 children . His sense of humor was widely known and he was a people person. I'll remember him for all the help he gave me back when I first came out of high school , he got me very first job offer with Dunn and Bradstreet . Rest in peace John Howell

Andrea Howell

Mar 4, 2018 6:33am

Grandad! Thanks for leading me closer to our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. The 8 months we got to spend with each other was the best inheritance ever. The 92 years of stories you shared over dinners, church walks, while grocery shopping and waiting for medical appointments were the closest thing to time travel. I'm beyond blessed to call you my Grandaddy!
Congratulations om successfully making it to the other side of heaven. The night I heard about your passing there was a huge thunder storm in Seoul. I couldn't help myself from thinking you were riverdancing with Jesus.
Look forward to seeing you again(hopefully not too soon).
Like our favourite church song used to go, Thank you Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!

Love youuu so much!!!
-Andrea Howell (GC#20)

Dana & Gene

Mar 4, 2018 4:24pm

Our sincerest condolences on the loss of your father. I had the pleasure of visiting him in Richmond this past September and realized what a jovial, dignified and interesting person he was. I learned much about his life and he was a gracious host. May you find comfort in the memories of your father and surrounding family. In our prayers, Dana and Gene.

Frances Howell

Mar 4, 2018 7:49pm

I feel so lucky to have ever had such a wonderful Grandpa. He lived a life that most can only aspire to. He loved his wife and family so fully and taught us the importance of taking pleasure in the little things. He told the best stories and gave me the best memories to cherish him by. I'll never forget my amazing Grandpa. I'll love you and miss you forever but, I'll never forget you.

Barbara Jones

Mar 4, 2018 10:22pm

My mother, John’s cousin Gwen ( Davis ) Wilson and my self her daughter Barbara flew from Ontario to visit with John and Winn and their daughter Ann Marie a couple of years ago. Mom had not seen her cousin for many years. It was a great reunion for them. It was an honour for me to meet your parents who mom had talked about . We wish you God’s blessing and care as you mourn your loss. May you always cherish the great memories of a great dad .

Mike, Anne, Jamie and Helen Docherty

Mar 5, 2018 6:37pm

Pete was a wonderful man and has my absolute respect. Anne, Jamie, Helen and I have very happy memories of the times we spent with him and Winn - we have a deep affection for them both. They truly were a match made in heaven.
He was great company, always so patient when driving, had the best one liners, the best jokes and always beer in the house - a true gentlemen!
Pete had one other characteristic that was very special to me - he was so like my Dad who died in 1988, more twins than cousins.
All the Docs feel gifted to have known him. There will be a very special welcome in Heaven.

Belinda Boyd

Mar 6, 2018 1:25am

I have always felt blessed when John greeted me at St. Joe's his delightful smile and warm voice always felt so welcoming. He will remain in my memories and I will always feel fortunate to have known such a wonderful and generous man. Rest in peace and eternal joy.

Ronnie & Rosemary Paton

Mar 6, 2018 3:21pm

We only knew John through Theresa but the way she spoke of her Dad, the stories she told of her Dad in earlier life and in the way he coped in old age is sufficient for us to know that he was a fine man, a wonderful role model and greatly loved by many.
“ in his mercy give us a safe lodging, and a holy rest and peace at the last”

Geraldine Kerlin

Mar 14, 2018 2:21pm

Rutherglen, Glasgow, lost a terrific couple when the family moved back to Canada. We just loved them, my Mother, Katy adored John they all had great craic and no event was complete without the "Howells' They were happy, warm and kind, so so kind, better people you could not meet. They involved themselves in charity work and gave so much to our community. We missed them so much when they left us and once again we will John one final time. My love goes to Winn, please remember your good friends in Rutherglen, especially say a prayer for my lovely Mother, Kate, a gregarious and proud Irish Woman who delighted, like John, in her heritage. God Bless the family and God Bless John.

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