Norman Charles Russell Howe
From his children
"What dreames may come, When we haue shufflel'd off this mortall coile, Must giue vs pawse."
Indeed we know that only wonderous dreams and adventures will come to Norman, our much loved father and best friend now that, on December 6, 2018, at the age of 98, he has departed this mortal realm.
Predeceased by the love of his life, Margherita for whom he was clearly the chief encourager in her path to the Order of Canada, and survived by his daughter Louise and sons Michael, Peter and Robin.
Decorated Royal Air Force fighter pilot, jazz aficionado, fabulous dresser, champion tennis player, amateur water colour artist, bird watcher and skilled raconteur and joke-teller. He also made a very tasty chili and clam chowder, and his blueberry pancakes were first class.
It is next to impossible to come up with any negatives about Normie – except perhaps his penchant for never getting rid of anything that he acquired, ever, and during his heyday making an undrinkable, potent, purple, unfiltered-for-fruit flies concoction that members of his Niagara-on-the-Lake cabal astonishingly termed “wine”.
He was intelligent, loving, funny, engaging, generous, witty, empathetic, creative and self-sacrificing. He saw the best in others and gave the best he had.
He was just someone you wanted to be around. We will miss him terribly.
He lived the RAF motto – per ardua ad astra.
As we look back over time
We find ourselves wondering …..
Did we remember to thank you enough
For all you have done for us?
For all the times you were by our sides
To help and support us …..
To celebrate our successes
To understand our problems
And accept our defeats?
Or for teaching us by your example,
The value of hard work, good judgment,
Courage and integrity?
We wonder if we ever thanked you
For the sacrifices you made.
To let us have the very best?
And for the simple things
Like laughter, smiles and times we shared?
If we have forgotten to show our
Gratitude enough for all the things you did,
We’re thanking you now
And we are hoping you knew all along,
How much you meant to us.
(As We Look Back By an Unknown Author)
There will be a private family ceremony in the next days. In the Spring the family will host a Celebration of Life with Jazz.
The family encourages those that wish to make donations to the Lincoln County Humane Society in Norm’s name.
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