HOWARD DOUGLAS SMITH (MIFF) May 23, 1943 - December 10, 2005
It is with great sadness that the family of Howard Smith announces his passing at Victoria Hospital in Winnipeg. Howard will be missed by his son Kenneth and daughter Donna; three grandchildren, Blaine, Samantha and Benjamin; his mother June; and his brother Alan; along with many childhood friends.
Howard was born and raised in Winnipeg and always loved this city. Although his travels took him all over the world, he always came back to the place he considered his home.
Howard spent over 32 years working for the government. He began with the Department of Transport as a Radio Operator and worked his way up. By the end of his career, through his hard work and dedication, he was a Director for Communications Canada. Due to the onset of his MS, Howard had to retire early. He spoke fondly of his experiences, but his greatest memories of his work were of the people he worked with and the friendships he made.
Before his illness Howard loved to golf and curl and did both on a regular basis with the same group of friends. He loved to read and did so until he was unable due to the MS. Howard always loved classical music, Inuit art and the history of the prairies and surrounded himself with all three.
Howard's family wishes to express their gratitude to all the home care workers who were a part of his life for so many years. Without their caring and compassion Howard would not have been able to remain in his home throughout his illness. Thank you for allowing Howard his wish to remain at home until his short hospital stay and passing.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 16 at 3:00 p.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB. Interment to follow. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the MS Society of Manitoba in Howard's name at 400-141 Bannatyne Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3B 0R3.
Forever in our hearts, Donna, Kenneth, your family, and all those blessed to have known you.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 14, 2005