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Maxine Anne Howarth

December 4, 1928July 23, 2020

It is with great sadness that the family of Maxine Anne Howarth announce her passing on Thursday, July 23, 2020 with her family by her side at LaVerendrye General Hospital, Fort Frances, Ontario. She was born on December 4, 1928 in Fort William, ON. She was raised in Blackhawk, ON attending the Blackhawk School before graduating from Fort Frances High School. Maxine attended Teachers College in North Bay; teaching at Robert Moore School for 8 years. She left teaching to raise her family but often spoke of her teaching years with pride and joy. Past students often greeted her and reminisced about her being their favourite teacher. In 1951 she and Murray built a cabin in Bear Pass on Little Doukhobor Island, her happiest times were here. Weekends at the cabin were filled with family, guests, laughter, swimming and good times. Maxine was always a gracious hostess and therefore acquired the title “the hostess with the mostest”, the occasional rum and pepsi were also poured. Many life long friends were made on Rainy Lake and anyone who landed on the beach has fond memories. She joined her husband, Murray, as a partner in Howarth’s Home Furnishing and after his sudden passing in 1979, she continued running the business with Mark until her retirement in 1991. She was a very successful business woman having won many awards from Radio Shack and Panasonic over the years. In retirement she loved to travel and always enjoyed activities with her grandchildren, cheering on log rolling, hockey, gymnastics, soccer, dance and wakeboarding. Maxine enjoyed sports and fitness and continued curling and aerobics classes well into her 80’s. She carries on to meet again with her husband Murray Howarth; parents Geraldine (Beninger) and Wesley Thompson; her brother Joseph Thompson; mother and father-in-law Zelma and Cecil Howarth as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Those special people she leaves behind to carry on her legacy of strength, generosity and optimism are her son Monty (Jackie) and their son Joey (Tanya and their son Collin); son Mark (Twyla and their children Scott and Jill); daughter Cindy (Willy and their children Carson, Emma and Aaron) Cole and close friends Maureen and Owen Ross as well as numerous cousins. Cremation has taken place and a private family interment will be held in Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances, ON at a later date. The family gratefully requests that in memoriam donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 29, 250 Church Street, Fort Frances, ON, P9A 1C8 or the Halkirk Fire Team, RR#3 Site 300-17, Fort Frances, ON, P9A 0A1 or Riverside Health Care Foundation, 110 Victoria Avenue, Fort Frances, ON, P9A 2B7. Online condolences may be made in care of www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com.


  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch 29
  • Halkirk Fire Team
  • Riverside Health Care Foundation


Maxine Anne Howarth

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Leslie Michelussi

August 5, 2020

We were so sorry to hear of Mac’s passing. She was like an aunt to us and sister to our father. We have many cherished memories of dropping into Howarth’s Furniture Store when arriving in Fort Frances and of fun at the cabin swimming, boating, horseshoes and sharing fresh blueberry pancakes with Monty, Mark and Cindy.
Mac was a wonderful lady and always made us feel welcome and special. Through the years there were many family celebrations and get togethers in Black Hawk, Fort Frances, Bears Pass, Dryden, Thunder Bay and lastly Calgary. In his later years our dad would anxiously wait every Sunday for his 10:00 am phone call from Mac. He spoke highly of her and treasured their relationship. He fondly remembered their childhood days in Black Hawk.
Mac’s life centered around family and friends and we will always hold a special place for her in our hearts. Our deepest sympathy to all the Howarth family.
Love, peace and prayers❤️.
Gerald, David, Leslie(Michelussi), Paul Seed and families Xxo

Doug Goodmundson

August 4, 2020

To the Howarth Family - so sorry for your loss. Wish I could be there with you to celebrate her life.

Maxine was like a third grandma to Charlie and me, we spent so much time at her beach log rolling and playing. A wonderfully hospitable host with cold pop and chips on hand at all times. So many good memories three-wheeling in the back, jumping off the rock across the narrows, admiring the Sylvan in the boathouse, working in the garden, the big upgrade when the generator was put in and we could watch a live hockey game and turn on the lights. I remember when the stairs were put in, and to imagine Maxine just climbed those rocks to the cabin for all those years!

She was blessed beyond measure to have such wonderful kids and grandkids to care so well for her. Grateful for her life and kindness.

Cheers to Maxine.

Cathy Gruttner

August 1, 2020

Sorry to hear the sad news of Maxines’s passing.
Our sincerest condolences.
Rick, Cathy and family

Susan MacMillan

July 29, 2020

Dear Howarths- What a dear and fun lady your mom was, my condolences on your loss. She is sure a part of my memories of our great times at Bear Pass and hostess of many a gathering there.
Hugs, Susan MacMillan

Maureen Hayward

July 28, 2020

Sincerest condolences to the Howarth family. My memories of Maxine go way back. All those fun parties with the Lafoy’s, Newman’s and our parents were some great ones to watch as a child. Lots of love and laughter. Maxine was always so friendly and always had a friendly “hello” each time I saw her. So sorry for your loss.

Cheryl McCallum

July 28, 2020

My condolences to the Howarth family. I have warm memories of her from my childhood. She had such a wonderful personality.

Jane Gillon

July 28, 2020

My deepest sympathies on the loss of Maxine. I have wonderful childhood memories from the Howarth cabin at Bears Pass. Maxine was always so welcoming to all the kids. I loved seeing the photos you posted of her growing family over the many years. A life well lived. I know you will all miss her so much. Hugs❤️

Annie Goodmundson

July 28, 2020

Maxine was more than just a good friend over the years she was a second mother to me all those summers spent on Rainy Lake at the cabin. Such great memories of hot summer days and blueberry picking, boat rides and many a horn being lifted at cocktail time❤️. In later years we got into a routine of going in to town together once a week along with Charlie & Doug do shopping , check her mail etc and of course we did lunch. The boys would then carry her groceries to the cabin ( which she had many a bag ) and Maxine would reward them with a pop and chips. Thus her nickname became the Fairy Godmother. We love and will miss her dearly❤️


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