PATERSON, Howard David (Pat)
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June 20, 1921 – March 20, 2014
Howard passed away in Vancouver on March 20th at the age of 92. Predeceased by his parents Harry and Jean, his daughter Judy and sister Phyllis Bridges, he is survived by his son David and daughter-in-law Gayle, his sister Edith Thomas, granddaughters Lindsay (Paul) and Laurel (Peter), great-granddaughter Sophie, the mother of his children, Norma and many nieces and nephews. Howard was born in Nelson BC and moved to Vancouver in 1937. He served overseas in the Signal Corps of the Canadian Army during WWII where he learned his trade. He worked for BC Tel for nearly 30 years as a cable splicer and installer. He was a man of many talents, teaching himself plumbing, carpentry and electrical work. He took Night School courses so he could build a house to further his family's income. He made sure the family had annual camping trips and built a runabout in the basement so they could waterski. Howard had a twinkle in his eye and could find something in common with everyone he met and could strike up a conversation with ease. He was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed assistance. At 92 years old, he was still reading both fiction and non-fiction and continued to stay current devouring the newspaper every day. He para-sailed in his 50s and learned to ride a motorcycle in his 60s so he could tour Ireland. A man ahead of his time, he encouraged his daughter Judy as a young feminist (first female employee of the LDB) and welcomed her partner Gail into the family. Howard would roll up his sleeves and wash the dishes at family gatherings while the other men socialized in the living room. Not happy unless he was working on a project, he built a flower box for the deck at his care home while holding on to his walker, sawing and hammering at age 90, causing the staff great concern. His kind will not be seen again. His son was grateful to have had his friendship for 64 years. The family wishes to thank the staff at Arbutus Care for their kind treatment toward Howard over his last 5 years. A memorial will be held on April 26th at 12:30, details and venue to follow.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Mar. 28 to Apr. 5, 2014