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Rowland Wellington Howard

Rowland Wellington Howard

December 9, 2021

Rowland Wellington Howard

HOWARD, Rowland Wellington – Peacefully and surrounded by family at the Louise Marshall Hospital on Thursday, December 9, 2021, in his 81st year. 

Beloved husband of Marlyn for 55 years.  Loving father of Mark (Sarah) of Toronto, Brian (Karen) of Oakville; and grandfather of Nathan.  Dear brother of Berk (Ruby) and brother-in-law of Norma Mathews. Survived by his Aunt Shirley Fellows; nieces Leah Mathews (Shane O’Neil) and Jana Flore Mills (Jon); grand-nephews Harrison O’Neil, Jayden Flore Mills, and grand-niece Everly O’Neil. Predeceased by his parents Frank and Joyce Howard, in-laws Elmer and Annie Brown, and brother-in-law David Mathews. 

Rowland was born in Windsor on September 16, 1941, to Frank and Joyce Howard. He attended high school at Walkerville Collegiate and W.F. Herman Collegiate.  He then enrolled in Windsor Teachers’ College and started teaching in 1964, north of Dryden.  In the summer of 1965, he met Marlyn while they were both taking a Junior Education Course. They were married July 30, 1966.  Rowland then began teaching at Normanby Central School in Ayton.  Several years later, he travelled extensively around Grey County teaching an enrichment program for grades five and six.  From there, he taught at the Saugeen Valley School in Durham until his retirement in 1996.

Rowland had many interests: art, model railroading, photography and woodworking. He was the first TV Director for Mount Forest United Church and a member of Boomers Model Railroad Club.  Rowland was the proud owner of a 1930 Model A Ford Tudor car, and also a member and former president of the Southern Ontario Chapter of Model A Owners.

A private funeral service will be held at the England Funeral Home, Mount Forest.  Extended family and friends are invited to view the service livestream on Tuesday, December 21st at 11:00 a.m. by visiting: www.englandfuneralhome.com and clicking on the link below Rowland’s obituary.  In lieu of flowers, those wishing to provide a donation in memory of Rowland are asked to consider the Mount Forest United Church (www.mountforestunitedchurch.com) or Camp Ooch - For Kids and Families Affected by Childhood Cancer (support.ooch.org/in-honour/rowland-wellington-howard). A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date.

Funeral Service for Rowland Wellington Howard


Dear Marlyn & Family,
Rick and I were so very sad to hear about the passing of Rowland! He was a special man with many talents. We have so many memories of our time together at Saugeen Valley and hold these dearly in our hearts! Rowland was such a dedicated teacher and really took the time to get to know each and every one of his students. Once they got to know him, they soon realized that he was tough on the outside but a 'teddy bear' on the inside! Once we retired, we enjoyed our lunch get-togethers with the Normanby group and always enjoyed catching up with the two of you!

May the love of your family & friends and your wonderful memories help you through this difficult time!

Arlene Henry

— Arlene Henry, January 4, 2022

Marlyn It was nice to meet you and Ron at my brother Aubrey’s funeral in Durham. It is difficult to lose your life partner and I send my sincere sympathy to you and your family.

— Marilyn Brown Preston, December 22, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of your loved one.

— Sam and Patricia Scozzari, David, Christine, Hayden & Mason Buitenwerf - Family of Berk Howard, December 22, 2021

Thank you for letting us be part of this service for Rowland. It was beautifully done as we got to know more about Rowland and his life. Our deepest sympathies to all your family.

— Marilyn and Bob, December 21, 2021

Dear Maryln and family, I am so very sorry to hear of Rowland’s passing. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. May the good Lord be with you!

— Darlene Johnson, December 20, 2021

Dear Marlyn and family

We are saddened to hear of your loss.
Our memories of teaching together at Saugeen Valley will always be special ones and come flooding back as we think of you.

Roland was a kind and generous man who loved his family always.

With our warmest sympathy
Bill and Deanna VanKeuren

— Deanna and Bill VanKeuren, December 18, 2021

Marlyn and Family,
So very sorry to learn about Rowland.
He was a Model Railroad who shared his interest with Ron Prout for many years.
Our Sincere Sympathy at this difficult time ............. keep your Memories in your Heart.
Ron and Mary Prout Owen Sound.

— Mary Prout, December 18, 2021

My deepest sympathies to Mr Howard’s family. I had Mr Howard as my grade 4 teacher and I would have to say he would on my favourite teachers. Thinking of you and your loss

— Paula (Hopkins) Mackey, December 18, 2021

Deepest sympathies, Marlyn & family. I miss seeing you and all of our friends/colleagues of the Normanby Lunch Bunch. May your faith help you to walk one day at a time, one moment at a time.

— Janice McGuire, December 17, 2021

Dear Marlyn, Mark, Brian and families;
I am saddened to hear of Rowland's passing. Earth is less one great man!!!
Please know I am with you in spirit and you are all in my heart!
Hugs to all
Your distant cousin(maybe)

— Irene Ollis, December 16, 2021

I am sad to hear of your loss...a Dad ,a husband . May memories help you as you deal with the grief.

— Valerie Neal, December 15, 2021

May the memories held deep within your heart help to comfort you. You're in our prayers. With deepest sympathy. The family of Berk Howard ~ Lorene, Chris, Victoria & Jack Sampson x

— Lorene Sampson, December 15, 2021

With deepest sympathy to the Howard family. Our family moved to this area in 1969 and Mr Howard was the first teacher I had at Normanby School. He welcomed me and made me feel that I belonged in a new school.

Dennis and Lorri Grein (Copeland)

— Dennis and Lorri Grein, December 15, 2021

My condolences to the family on the passing of Rowland. In addition to
patient business, Rowland expressed great joy in discussing his model
railroad and the trialS and tribulations of restoring his antique car.

— Hugh Perrin, December 15, 2021

We are thinking of you and send our condolences to you and your family.

— Aletha and Bob McArthur, December 14, 2021

So SORRY for your loss, Marlyn and family. Roland will be sorrily missed.

— Anna Marie Lamb., December 13, 2021

Marlyn, I was saddened to hear of Rowlands passing. He was president when Jean & I joined the Model A club in Kitchener. I always enjoyed talking with him. He called me a few times during his illness as I was recovering from a motorcycle accident. We talked about Model A,s. We will miss him. Norman Mulloy.

— Norman Mulloy, December 13, 2021

Sorry for your loss.

— Sheila (Becker) Patterson, December 13, 2021

Marlyn and family,
As you remember the love, as you mourn the loss, may you also celebrate the life. May the healing gifts of time and the timeless love of God carry you gently through the coming days.
Ralph and Donna Clark

— Donna and Ralph Clark, December 13, 2021

Sorry for your loss very smart very dear t man he will be missed.

— Shawn Thompson, December 13, 2021

Dear Marlyn and Family:
My sincere sympathy to you and your family. I was hoping so much to hear that he had been improving but that was not God's will. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Pauline Brown

— Pauline Brown, December 13, 2021

Marlyn, Brian, Mark and families, and Nathan; Our sincere condolences during this time of Roland’s passing. I will certainly miss travelling to the Model A meetings with Roland, the updates on Roland’s Tudor Model A, and how proud Roland was of Nathan. Roland was always available for help/advice with my Model A repair. RIP Roland.
Joe & Barbara Craig

— Joe & Barbara Craig, December 13, 2021

To say I was shocked by hearing the news of Rowland’s ‘s passing is to put it mildly. My deepest condolences to all the family. He and I had many common interests and as a fellow member of the Model A club we discussed our cars extensively over the years. I will always remember his cheerful demeanour and his quick wit. I am so glad he finally finished his car and had the opportunity to drive it before he passed. Godspeed my friend till we meet again. Paul Wilson

— Paul Wilson, December 13, 2021

Marlyn and Family,
Our sincere sympathy goes out to you and your family. Rowland was a real genuine friend and a wonderful neighbour. He will be sadly missed.

— Bob and Muriel Fettes, December 12, 2021

Marilyn and family, so sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

— Joe & Katheryn Meyer, December 12, 2021

Marlyn & family: We where shocked when we read of Rowland's passing in England's obituaries. Please accept our sincere sympathy. Cherish your memories and call on your family for support. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

— Harvey & Brenda Maes, December 12, 2021

Steve and I were saddened to hear about the passing of Rowland. We were very pleased to get to know him when he visited N.S.
We are sending heart felt condolences to all who loved him.
With sincere sympathy,
Carroll and Steve

— Steve and Carroll Coffill, December 12, 2021

Marlyn, Mark, Sarah, Brian, Karen, and Nathan:
Sending condolences with the passing of a beloved husband, father, father-in-law, and grandfather.
I was one of the beneficiaries of Rowland's involvement in the Grey County enrichment program, going back to the mid-1970s.

— Jeff Stewart, December 12, 2021

Marlyn, Mark, Brian and family. Our deepest condolences go out to you all at your time of loss.
I enjoyed many visits with Roland learning about his beautiful restoration of the model A and talking model trains and railway history. He will be dearly missed by many. I also owe him and Marlyn deep gratitude for a special sign that proudly displays in our family room. Love and Prayers to you all

— John and Michele Kleinsteuber, December 12, 2021

Sorry to hear of your loss

— Gloria Pfeffer, December 12, 2021

Marlyn and family

Sending our sympathy to you and your family. I got to know Roland as a customer at the Home Hardware store, he always had a project on the go. Thinking of you in the days ahead Sincerely Diane Dineen & Leonard Seifried

— Diane Dineen, December 12, 2021

Dear Marlyn and families
Our sincere sympathy in your loss, we have many fond memories of Rowland over the years.
With Love and Prayers
Cathy and Dwight

— Cathy and Dwight Benson, December 12, 2021

Sorry to hear about the loss of Rowland, a good neighbour and long time friend. I last saw him last year when he and Brian were visiting Toronto. I remember him to be almost always smiling! The model railroading was a life-long passion and when I visited with my son Dominic he was so excited to talk to Dominic about their train sets.

— Paul Fettes, December 12, 2021

My deepest sympathy

— Shirley Becker, December 12, 2021

My sincerest condolences to family and friends. He was my grade 5 teacher at Normanby Central. I got the pleasure of meeting him and some of the other teachers at the Ayton homecoming a few years ago! It was great reminiscing with him!
RIP Mr. Howard!
Roger Wilson

— Roger Wilson, December 11, 2021

My deepest sympathy Marlyn and family.
Roland and Hughie will have lots to talk about now.
Deepest sympathy, Beth Elder and family.

— Karen Elder, December 11, 2021

So sorry for your loss Marlyn and family. Thinking of you as you go through the difficult days ahead.

— Joan and Doug Woods, December 11, 2021

Dear Marilyn, Mark, Brian and Families,
Our sincere condolences on the passing of Rowland. I have fond memories of teaching Mark and Brian.
Lorne and Marg Dally

— Margaret Dally, December 11, 2021

Dear Marlyn:.My deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your family at this time of loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

— Debbie Donald, December 11, 2021

Dear Marlyn & family--
Our heartfelt condolences as you grieve the loss of your husband, father & grandfather. One summer years ago, Rowland gave
me (Gwynne) rides to & from Toronto on weekends, so that we could both attend courses there. I always appreciated that & the many conversations that we had. May you find some comfort now in reminiscing happier times together...
with our caring & prayers,
Gary & Gwynne

— Gary & Gwynne Smith, December 11, 2021

Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

— Wayne and Sandra Lytle, December 11, 2021

Our sincere condolences on Rowland’s passing. He will be missed.
Mary & Bob Dippel

— Mary Allen, December 11, 2021

Mrs. Howard, Mark & Sarah, Brian, So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with all of you.

— Heidi Machel, December 11, 2021

My sympathy to the Howard Family at this difficult time. Rowland was one of my favorite teachers at Saugeen Valley in Durham. He was my grade 4 teacher. He always knew who I was when I met up with him in Durham or Mount Forest.

— Andrea Neff Watson, December 11, 2021

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294 Main Street South
P.O. Box 38, Mount Forest
Ontario, Canada N0G 2L0
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