On Friday, January 8, 2021, Howard’s battle with pancreatic cancer ended. He was born in Sudbury on December 3, 1941 to Fred and Lillian (Wicks). He was raised in Sault St. Marie until he left in the early seventies. As a young boy it became evident that he had inherited his mother’s musical talent. Trained as a classical violinist, he switched to the bass guitar as a teen. He formed his band called the Fireflies and entertained at weddings, birthday parties, halls and bars on both sides of the border. When he moved to Toronto for work, he played for ten years with the Frank Evans band at the Palais Royale. In his fifties, he taught himself to play the keyboard and entertained in restaurants in Georgetown, Milton, Burlington and Mississauga as well as the Legion in Goderich. He was a sales manager for most of his working career with many companies but most notably Sunoco, CP bulk and Wilson’s Trucking. While living in Toronto, he took up sailing and became one of the founders of Bluffer’s Yacht Club in Scarborough. He was also an avid golfer and spent many happy hours in his retirement at Sunset Golf Course in Goderich. He leaves behind his wife Pat, his beloved basset hound Cassie and two cats, Sadie and Shadow. Cremation has already taken place and as per his request, there will be no funeral. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations in Howard’s name may be made to the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital through the W. G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford. 519.271.7411 www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com. A huge thank you to the staff and doctors at the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital in Goderich for making his final journey home easier.

 

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