In Loving Memory of

Murray Gordon Howard

1936 - 2023

Obituary of Murray Gordon Howard

On July 12, 2023, Murray Gordon Howard peacefully passed away at the age of 87 surrounded by his wife and children at Crescent Park Nursing Home in Fort Erie, Ontario.

Murray is survived by his wife of 61 years, Pamela Howard, his brother Greg Howard, his four children, Heather Nelson, Wendy Stevens, Bruce Howard, and Lorraine Swarts, his nine grandchildren and his three great-grandchildren. Murray is predeceased by his parents, Olive and Walter Howard and his sister, Miriam Smith.

While being born in Hamilton, Ontario he lived in, or close to Beamsville for most of his life. He grew up helping out at the family grocery store and building a car for racing with his childhood buddies. As a young man and while traveling to northern Scotland to find a long lost relative, Murray met and married his wife. After traveling back to Canada together, Murray worked at the Vineland Agricultural Research Station before embarking on a string of entrepreneurial ventures, beginning with restoring and selling antiques, developing an insulation business with his brother Greg, and building a successful woodstove business with Pam (House By The School - Vineland, Ontario). While raising their own children and a foster son, Murray found pleasure in being connected with family and the community. He participated in Pioneer Days in Jordan, hunted for antique treasures and raised chickens. He worked extensively in his garden where he took pride in growing vegetables to feed his family. He spent his leisure time at a cottage on McQuaby Lake in northern Ontario where he was able to fish, read and enjoy good food with family. It was here that many bonds and memories were created along side Pam’s extended family. These relationships continued to hold importance throughout his life.

After selling their businesses and upon their retirement to Durham, Ontario, they built a beautiful log home and embraced a simpler life closer to the land. Here he continued to tend his garden, travel the world, began to reconnect with his faith and enjoyed the fruits of his labor. We will miss his gentle smile, sparkling blue eyes, and iconic beard. He knew everyone’s name and loved talking about all things old.

Family and friends are invited to a celebration of life to honour his memory to be held at the Ramada Jordan/Beacon Resort, 2793 Beacon Boulevard, Jordan, Ontario at 1 pm on Sunday September 3, 2023.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to all the staff at Crescent Park Nursing Home for their care and compassion during Murray’s twilight years.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy.

Service Information

A Celebration of Life

Date: September 3, 2023
Start Time: 1:00 pm
End Time:
Venue: Ramada Jordan/Beacon Resort, 2793 Beacon Boulevard, Jordan

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Bill Salter
1 month ago

But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restored and sorrows end

Bob and Carolyn Grunau
1 month ago

To Greg and family
So sorry to hear about Murray. Our thoughts are with you.

Richard Tallman
2 months ago

Murray was a good and generous friend for more than 80 years. We became play mates in ’39 or ’40 when we both lived on Queen St. within shouting distance and Murray invited me over to play. There were no fights, (the blow to his head with the grub hoe was an accident), no serious arguments that I recall. I’m thankful that he caused me to reconsider a couple of my beliefs over the years. A shared love of fishing led to several memorable outings. Fishing from the bridge in Wellandport when Walter included me with Murray and Greg, a weekend in Haliburton after we had left high school, trout streams in Northumberland and Durhum, ice fishing in Lake Simcoe before Murray went to England and finally, the Niagara Gorge below the Lewiston bridge after Murry returned with his bride, Murray is gone but the memories linger on for we who loved and were loved by him. My sincerest condolences to Pam and her family. I know you will miss him.

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Jennifer Clark and family
2 months ago

Dear Pam and family,
We are very grieved to hear of Murray’s passing and send to you all our deepest condolences. Our hearts are with you at this difficult time. Murray was like a great golden light. He was so full of warmth, compassion and wisdom which he shared with everyone he met. I have never met anyone with such a forgiving heart. He will be greatly missed and never forgotton as his impact on others was so deeply felt.
May he rest in peace and light. With love, Jennifer and family

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Gordon Cox
2 months ago

Murray was a year ahead of me in Beamsville High School. I hung around with his brother Greg but Murray was around. He made us laugh a lot. Fond memories.

2 months ago

Murray, a very close friend from early high school days, bringing back fond memories of both high- jinks and serious times. We were car crazy and that association bolstered both those memorable times. Murray will be remembered fondly for his friendship during my lifetime -Fras

Tom and Peggy Stevens
2 months ago

We had only one occasion to meet Murray at Gordon and Wendy’s wedding. He was so interesting to talk with that we later on and over the years recalled Murray telling of family outings. If I recall correctly one such outing involved cooking something on the engine of his car for that day’s picnic.
We were so fortunate to have met him,. Rest in peace, Murray,.
Tom and Peggy Stevens

Crystal and Bryce Walker
2 months ago

So sorry to hear this sad news. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We knew Murray from church and he was always a joy! Our condolences to the family.

Greg Howard
2 months ago

Remembering Murray

It feels like the fabric of life has been rent
Murray’s passing will leave a big hole
He was gentle and kind, each person would find
There was light shining forth from his soul

His family was blessed with a Dad with a heart
He could see a small tear in your eye
His heart was the size of a very large house
That he shared with all who dropped by

Our Murray’s the one you could count on for love
When your fortunes seemed headed for dust
His smile and his wit were medicine pure
His friendship for sure you could trust

His passing was timely as life ebbed away
Surrounded by those who were dear
His body’s now lifeless, his soul is now free
For Murray there’s nothing to fear

It’s Murray’s remembered when thinking of love
For he showed us all how to care
He’s gentle, he’s kind, his spirit is free
Our Murray will always be there

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