howard h. gano, jr. passed away unexpectedly at home early morning on Wednesday, the 19th of January 2011 at the age of 58. He was born on the 20th of July 1952 in Houston, Texas to Howard, Sr. and Ruby Jo Gano who preceded him in death. Howard graduated in 1970 from Memorial High School and the University of Texas in 1974 with a Bachelor in Business Administration. He was a Longhorn fan, but his heart belonged to the Rice Owls. Howard was an accomplished and seasoned Certified Public Accountant specializing in accounting and taxation within the oil and gas industry and in trust accounting. He was partner in Gano & Gano, Inc. P.C. firm with his father and continued practicing up until his death. He served as the acting President and Controller of a small domestic E&P company for several years. Howard was a long time member of the University Area Rotary Club, was a former Advisory Director of the Institute of Energy and the Advisory Director of the Alley Theatre.
In addition to his family and career, Howard loved music and taught himself to play the guitar and the piano. He enjoyed going to sporting events, especially Rice football, baseball and basketball games with his son, Montgomery. Howard had a gentle and quiet spirit and was a man of strong integrity. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
Howard, beloved husband and father, is survived by his wife of 15 years, Elizabeth Dianne and son William Montgomery. He is also survived by his twin sister, Eugenia Gano Rovillo, and sister, Marian Gano Reed, and her husband, Mark; his nephews and nieces: Austin Dabney Rovillo, Amy Rovillo Nelson, Marshall Reed, Meredith Reed, Matthew Reed, Michael Reed, and Molly Reed. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Elizabeth Warren; father-in-law, William Warren and wife, Juta; sister-in-law, Terri Reynolds and husband, Peter; niece, Alexandra Reynolds; and nephew, Nicholas Reynolds.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from six until eight o'clock in the evening on Friday, the 21st of January, at Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.
The funeral service is to be conducted at eleven o'clock in the morning on Saturday, 22nd of January, at Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 8300 Katy Freeway in Houston.
The interment will follow, via an escorted cortege, at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery in Houston.
In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial gifts in honor of Howard may be directed to the
, P. O. Box 841125, Dallas, TX, 75284-1125; or to the charity of one's choice.
Published in Houston Chronicle from Jan. 20 to Jan. 21, 2011