John William Howard

John William Howard (Bud), died peacefully in his 93rd year on August 17th, 2016 at Cairnsmore Place in Duncan BC. John is survived by his children Bruce, Terry and Rick and by his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, also by his family across Canada and overseas, cousins, nieces, step-children. John was born and grew up in Toronto. At 18 he joined the RCAF, receiving his pilot’s wings in 1943, and travelled overseas aboard the Queen Mary to eventually be posted to the RAF 578 Squadron flying Halifax bombers. Despite his aircraft taking many hits from enemy flak John always landed with his crew unscathed and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1945. In 1948 John married Margaret Boissonault and graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering. They moved to Dryden, Ontario where they had their two children. Here John began his lifelong career in the pulp and paper industry across Canada and the world. John culminated his career in the design and construction of pulp mills including Mackenzie BC and St. Felicien Que. Sadly, shortly after moving to the West Coast his dearest Margaret died. John remarried resulting in his 3rd child. Incompatibility ended that marriage and one more. A 40 year friendship with Pat introduced him to Myrna, his 4th wife who was sorely loved to the end (she passed in 2003). Friends will remember John’s charisma and his willingness to share his passion for flying small aircraft. The family wish to thank Dr. Shannon Booth, the staff at Sherwood House and Cairnsmore Place for their dedicated care. John’s ashes will be placed beside his beloved wives Margaret and Myrna in Capilano View Cemetery in West Vancouver. A memorial will be held on Saturday, September 10th at 2:00 pm, at the Royal Canadian Legion in Chemainus, 9775 Chemainus Road.

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