Richard Howard

June 29, 1932April 16, 2017

HOWARD, Richard - Passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 16, 2017 surrounded by his very close friends. Richard was married for 32 years to internationally acclaimed Russian actress, Lila Kedrova, who won an Oscar for the motion picture Zorba the Greek and a Tony for the Broadway musical production of Zorba. As a theatre director and acting coach, Richard worked in over 50 communities in Ontario alone, as well as many cities throughout Canada, U.S.A., England, France, Germany and Australia. During his 65 year career, Richard received over 200 special recognitions for his creative and innovative approach to his work. Some highlights include awards for his Outstanding Contributions to Theatre from the City of Toronto, Province of Ontario, Arts Council of Ontario, Sault Ste. Marie Community Recognition Award and Theatre Ontario’s Maggie Bassett Award. He was also the founder and creator of Pull Chain Theatre where over a hundred works from Shakespeare and Chekhov right down to Broadway musicals were performed at both the Purple Lantern and the Windsor Park. At Richard’s request, there will be no funeral service, celebration of life, nor gathering of friends to mourn. Those who desire may give contributions in his name to the Sault Ste. Marie Humane Society. Richard would also be grateful if you smiled at every nurse, Doctor and support worker you meet belonging to the remarkable medical teams at Paramed and Sault Area Hospital. Arrangements entrusted to the Arthur Funeral Home & Cremation Centre 705-759-2522.

To quote from one of Richard’s earliest short stories – “Silently I came into this world and silently I leave it but in between the two of them I had a helluva good time!” Thanks, guys!


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Elizabeth Tamietti

April 29, 2017

A couple of years ago when my mother died, it was Richard I called for comfort. He and my mom had been friends since their early 20's. When I was 12, I was disparaging my 6th grade school picture saying how ugly I was and it was Richard who said, "no, my dear, this picture is a promise of beauty" and asked for my autograph. When a baby bird I was taking care died unexpectedly and I ran out to cry on the front lawn, it was Richard who followed me out to help me and let me literally cry my heart out on his supportive shoulder. My world, if now smaller, is better for having known Richard Howard. He will be truly missed.

Deane B Stinson

April 21, 2017

Richard Howard was a genius who made the Soo a centre with terrific theatre
and the envy of Canada. He made amateurs into professionals and will be missed by one and all
Heaven has drafted a STAR

Ann Scott

April 18, 2017

Richard you taught me so much about the world of theatre and all the hard work that was required for staging a production by mentoring me in the 'behind the scenes' skills of lighting and stage managing while at Pull Chain. You then took a chance and let me 'cross the line' to actually be on stage. I never looked back. My personality began to evolve and my level of self-confidence rose. A seed had been planted by you. My love of theatre grew steadily.

Thank you for all you did for me. Thank you for your ingenious, creative directing of so many fine local productions. Thank you for making theatre come alive in the Sault.

Good-bye. Rest in peace, Richard.

Carol Rowland-Vas

April 18, 2017

In memory of Richard,
Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one Stellar Adler

Bonnie Maltman

April 17, 2017

my mentor, someone who believed in me and showed me that I also had something to offer to the theatre community, so grateful to have known and loved you Richard

Brent Running

April 17, 2017

It is with a heavy heart I say good-bye to someone I learned much from.

Kelly Graves Barnes

April 17, 2017

May you soar with the angels and be free.I am glad you had a hell of a good time along the way! I still have the rings.You know what I am talking about.