Al Howie, 70, was born Arthur John Howie, September 16, 1945 in Ayrshire Scotland, and died June 21, 2016, precisely on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the day he started his run from St. John’s Newfoundland, to Victoria, BC, to set a record of 72 days 10 hours.
Al was the son of Arthur J. E. Howie and Mary Armour Lochhead. He leaves his two beloved children: son Gabe Howie of Ardrossan Scotland, and daughter Dana Corfield Kufat of Mississauga, and two granddaughters, Jocelyn and Kiyari Kufat. He is also survived by his elder sister Elizabeth and younger brother Ian, both in Saltcoats, Scotland, and by his wife Claudia Cole of Ucluelet, B.C. Claudia would like to publicly thank her family, the Pakulaks of Duncan, who assisted Al extensively throughout his long illness. A deep debt of gratitude is also owed to all those others who did what they could for Al in these last years, including friends and former running buddies who kept up contact, the compassionate staff at Sunridge Place, and those special people who made it possible for Al to be inducted into the Victoria Sports Hall of Fame: Dr. Eugen Bannerman and Ross Crockford of Victoria. Anyone wishing to make donations in Al’s memory, please consider the Canadian Mental Health Association.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Quw’utsun’ Cultural Centre on Cowichan Way in Duncan, SEPTEMBER 1, 2016
at 1:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to come and share their memories of Al.