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Richard  Howard

Richard Norman Howard

Monday, October 26th, 2020
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HOWARD, Richard Norman
After being diagnosed with an untreatable form of brain cancer, Richard passed away peacefully at Hamilton General Hospital on October 26th, 2020. His spouse David Johnson and two close friends were holding Richard’s hand as he quietly ended his short but brave fight with Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM).
In addition to his spouse David, Richard is also survived by three nieces - Heather, Kathleen and Jessica - and his beloved beagle Bogart.
Richard enjoyed long careers in the Canadian Diplomatic Service and Ontario’s Economic Development department, finally settling in Niagara-on-the-Lake in 2011. There he and David operated a B&B for a number of years during the summer months, travelling abroad extensively in winter. Everywhere he went, Richard made many friends across Canada and around the world. It would be a fitting tribute to him if anyone reading this obituary would be kind enough to pass it on to others who had the privilege of working with him or knowing him.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre would be appreciated.
As per Richard’s wishes, and in view of current COVID-19 restrictions, no formal funeral service is planned.
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Tetsuro Saito

Posted at 09:25am
I met Richard in Japan in the early 1990s. We became good friends. He was generous, funny, enthusiastic, and smart and we enjoyed our times together. He was noted for his sharp wit and occasional zingers which I learn to appreciate and enjoy as my language skill improved. He gave me a place to stay and helped me start my life in Canada. We have been though different phases of life and I am grateful that we were a part of each other’s lives.


Posted at 09:18am
We will miss Richard very much,as he was a great neighbor with a witty sense of humor
Donna & Glen Stewart

Heather. Sheehan

Posted at 03:45pm
RIchard. A famous quote that fits . You left a footprint in my heart. I miss you. Love. Heather Sheehan

Janet gallacher

Posted at 07:45pm
I will forever miss my fashion guru farewell my dear friend love always Janet gallacher


Posted at 03:36pm
Richard we were so privileged to have known you for the past eight years. We will miss your sense of humour, your kindness,“Intelligent” Conversation and your friendship. Rest In Peace Dear Friend. Until we meet again. Love Trevor, Philip and Savannah.

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