Roy Milne Howard

September 30, 1917April 30, 2013

HOWARD, Roy Milne 1917 - 2013 Passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Beloved husband of Barbara for 39 years. Roy was predeceased by his father John (1937) and by his mother Grace (1960). Born and raised in Hamilton, Roy served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII before becoming a Teacher and Principal with the Hamilton Board of Education. Roy had a great appreciation of art, music and travel. He will be remembered for his energy, sense of humor and his desire to live graciously. Survived by his son John (Evelyn) and his grandsons David and Paul and his daughter Ann of Toronto. Special thanks to Dr. Elizabeth Shaw and her team at McMaster Family Practice, Tamara Smith from CCAC and the caring PSWs from C.B.I. and Paramed. They helped to comfort Roy on his final journey. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held at the MARLATT FUNERAL HOME, 615 Main St. E., Hamilton (East of Sanford Ave.) on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 2 p.m. Memorial contributions to the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice or to a charity of your choice would be appreciated. On-line tributes may be made at


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Marilyn James

May 11, 2013

I loved 'Uncle Roy', who was a close friend to my family ever since I was born. He was always happy and had the most infectious laugh! Every time I traveled from Vancouver to Hamilton, I made an effort to spend time with this incredible person who has given me happy memories for the rest of my life. I will miss you!

May 10, 2013

My godfather, "Uncle Roy" was my dad's best friend. He spent countless hours at our home building,fixing and beautifying our little bungalow. His greeting , "Hi there, beautiful!" always put a grin on our faces. I'll miss him so much.

Valerie-Dawn Ruddell Girhiny

May 8, 2013

This quote from RUMI seems appropriate for Roy. . "When I die I shall soar with angels, and when I die to the angels, what I shall become , you cannot imagine."
What a gift is memory!
I am grateful to have walked on several paths of the journey with both you and Roy.. May your special memories carry you through this difficult sojourn. I knew Roy as the principal of Highview School near the start of my teaching career. He kindly followed my professional journey and, over the years, kept in touch. Our paths and yours crossed many more times. Do you recall Mini-Med at The McMaster School of Medicine and our shared passion for classical music
through our years with The Liszt Festival, The Great Romantics Festival and the McMaster University Concert Series? I thank G-d for the memories shared and ask for Roy,

May 8, 2013

Barbara, So sorry to hear of Roy's passing..."Mr. Howard" was the grade 8 teacher everyone wanted to have at W.H.Ballard...and I was lucky enough to be in his class. My thoughts are with you. His was definitely a life well-lived.....Sincerely Linda Baker

Linda Deverson

May 7, 2013

Dear Barbara & Family: Roy was the Principal of G.L. Armtrong Public School when I started my work career as his secretary. He was my 1st 'boss'--& what a gem!! Roy was a caring, energetic, interesting, charming & gentle 'gentleman'--an all-round great fellow. I have often thought of him & hope he enjoyed many quality years of his 95. My thoughts are with you & may a history of happy times together help sustain you. A life well-lived............ Sincerely, Linda Deverson

May 6, 2013

Barbara, Roy lived life to the fullest and was well loved by so many. He was an all-round wonderful person and I miss him. Please know that you are in my thought and prayers through this difficult journey. With heartfelt sympathy and love, Joanne xoxo

May 4, 2013

Dear Barbara,
I just wanted to express my sadness to you at Roy's passing.
I was so blessed to have Roy as my first principal at A.M. Cunningham school. His quiet gentle encouragement was much appreciated, if only for a few months as he was promoted to another school. Then for you to be the gifted teacher across the hall; I certainly was in a wonderful learning environment. I have wonderful memories of both of you.
I will be thinking of you in the days ahead.
Liz Hill

Marilyn Stewart

May 3, 2013

Healing prayers and heartfelt condolance to Barbara and family. You are in my thoughts as my memories drift back to an earlier Roy-"Mr. Howard" one of my elementary school principals at Highview School.

Risa Shuman

May 3, 2013

Mr. Howard was the principal of Highview in 1962. I was the only one in the grade 6 class that had a portable television. Mr. Howard came to my house one snowy February morning to pick up the TV so we could all watch John Glenn's space flight. He understood the importance of the event and the use of television in education. I had a 33 year career at TVOntario...that day had quite an affect on me. Thank You and R.I.P.