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Howard Day

Howard Day
May 19, 1927 - Aug. 22, 2013
Resident of Hayward
Long-time school teacher and administrator Howard Day passed away peacefully Aug. 22 at the age of 86 at his home in Hayward, Calif., surrounded by his loving family and devoted caregivers.
Howard was born May 19, 1927, in Yuma, Colo., but he spent most of his early years in Fort Collins and Denver, where he graduated from South High School in 1945. Upon graduation he joined the United States Navy and was in basic training when the War in the Pacific ended. He served from 1945-47 and used the G.I. Bill to assist with his education.
He married the former Marylyn Ruth Fowler on Aug. 12, 1949, and they celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary 10 days before his death.
He graduated from the University of Denver in 1951 and later did graduate work at Portland State College, Reed College and San Francisco State College.
He began his teaching career in the Portland, Ore., schools in 1951 and moved Hayward in 1953, where he was an elementary school teacher and administrator at Baywood and Southgate schools in the Hayward Unified School District until his retirement in 1982. He was an officer in the Hayward Elementary Teachers Association and served as the group's president in the 1957-58 school year. During the early years of his teaching career he worked summers at the Hunt's Cannery in Hayward. Ruth served as the news librarian at The Daily Review from 1968-95.
Howard and Ruth raised four children: Jody, James, Steven and Susan. Howard coached the boys' Mt. Eden National Little League baseball teams.
He enjoyed working crossword puzzles and sometimes completed as many as four per day. Gardening also was a hobby, and he became a certified Master Gardener through the University of California Extension Service, and he and Ruth went on a number of garden-oriented trips in the Southeastern United States. Howard's keen interest in weather led him to fill notebooks with daily high and low temperatures and rainfall information for Hayward, starting in 1976. He had a genuine curiosity about people, always wanting to know their names, what their families were like and where they were from. He was known for his storytelling, often recalling the tiniest details from events that were 50 or 60 years in the past.
Howard and Ruth traveled widely in their post-retirement years, including trips to Hawaii, Norway, England, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany as well as an adventurous Caribbean cruise on a sailing ship that accommodated just 12 passengers. They also spent summers and weekends at their cabin in Twain Harte in the Sierra Nevada foothills and were dedicated fans of the Duke University men's basketball team.
Howard is survived by his wife Ruth, brother Don of Aurora, Colo., daughters Jody Morris (and son-in-law Bill Morris of Discovery Bay) and Susan Bragagnolo (and son-in-law Leo Bragagnolo of San Francisco), sons James Day (and daughter-in-law Paula Mabry of Silverton, Ore.) and Steven Day (and daughter-in-law Susan Day of Carlsbad) as well as seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. In his final years Howard, as well as Ruth, received tireless assistance and support from son-in-law Bill Morris and neighbor Edna Mills.
The family also would like to express their thanks to caregivers Fameeka King, Vianey Calderon and Candace Hicks.
A remembrance event will be held in October. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Friends of the Hayward Public Library, 835 C Street, Hayward, CA 94541 or https://library.hayward-ca.gov/donate.


Published in Inside Bay Area on Sept. 8, 2013
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