Howard, John Stearns “Howie”
November 22, 1950 – March 20, 2021.
Passed away peacefully at Hospice Wellington on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at the age of 70. Beloved husband of Lee (nee Pope), devoted father to daughters Ainslee Howard (Stu Moore) and Erica (Chris Shortt), doting Grandpa to Daley, Mae and Callum Moore, Ben and Wesley Shortt. Fond uncle of many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his mother Opal, father Jim, mother-in-law Isobel Pope and father-in-law Bob Pope. Survived by brother David, sister-in-law Marg Pope, brother-in-law Paul Pope and sister-in-law Rae Pope.
John was born in Penetanguishene and spent his early childhood in Fergus, before his family moved to Niagara Falls in 1963. After college he began his career at Immigration Canada, Niagara Falls transferring to the Kitchener office in 1972. After 25 years of distinguished service he retired early to become an entrepreneur, launching Golfwright Sports, a specialty golf equipment and sportswear company.
In 2005 he embarked on a new career obtaining his real estate and broker licences and joining brother David’s firm in Ridgeway. His professionalism and superb relationship building skills enabled him to rapidly build a solid base of loyal clients and good friends, who he served faithfully until his retirement in the summer of 2020.
Howie was a multi-sport athlete, excelling in hockey, baseball and tennis. He was also an avid fisherman, who enjoyed the summer pastime of fishing with friends as much as he enjoyed a round of golf at Cherry Hill G.C.
Although he was an accomplished athlete himself, some of John’s most cherished memories were the hours spent coaching and watching his daughters’ many sporting endeavours. He was always happiest as the proud dad and biggest fan of his daughters’ lacrosse teams.
John’s love for the outdoors and knowledge of wildlife is a legacy that has been passed on to his five inquisitive grandchildren. Swimming, canoeing and fishing together brought joy to both the
grandchildren and their ‘Grandpa’.
John was the consummate host, in his element entertaining family and friends with good food and drink. Although we know the secret to his incredibly delicious pizza, it will never be duplicated. John’s pizza was made with love on Friday nights for all who came to enjoy good company, conversation and lots of laughs. Fish frys, Oktoberfest and Monday night family dinners will never be the same.
For all his successes and accomplishments, what really mattered most to John was being the best husband, father, grandfather and friend he could possibly be. His kindness, sense of humour and fun-loving spirit will be sorely missed.
The family extends its heartfelt thanks to Dr. Spadafora and the wonderful staff at Hospice Wellington for their compassionate and attentive care.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of John’s life will take place at a later date. Those who wish may make a memorial donation to the Canadian Cancer Society (cards available at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 519-749-8467).
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