Charles Joseph Howard (1955 - 2017)

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Charles Joseph Howard passed away on April 6, 2017 due to complications from having double pneumonia. He was born at St. Ann's Hospital in Juneau on December 24, 1955 to Peter and Rosalind Howard, Sr., the second of nine children.

As the son of a commercial fisherman, he spent his childhood oftentimes out in the boat with his father, and took to fishing, like a duck on water. Little did he know during these early years, that working on diesel engines, commercial fishing, and having children, would bring some of the greatest joys, life had to offer. He had many stories that would capture the attention of anyone willing to listen, which had all the elements of adventure, passion, dilemma and problem solving. Also, some of the stories people are sharing with his family, is about Charlie's compassion to help them when they needed it the most, inviting them into his home and providing food and shelter.

After graduation from Juneau/Douglas High, Charlie received his certification from the
Seward Skill Center in Heavy Duty Mechanics, and was a proud member of Local 302 Operating Engineers. After receiving his certification, he held several jobs working in construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, including: Oiler, Heavy Equipment Operator, and Heavy Duty Mechanic. His passion for gillnetting however, led him back to Juneau, where he fished the waters of Southeast Alaska just as his father once did. Charlie also worked as a Taxi Driver in Juneau.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents: Peter and Rosalind Howard Sr., his sisters Denise and Patricia, and brothers Lloyd and Peter Jr. He is survived by daughters Latonya Martin and Ciana Powell; his grandchildren Olivia Powell, Zachary Simants, Devon Martin, and Corbin Martin; his Uncles Arthur Torres and Alfred Torres; and siblings Kathy Polk, Henry, Timothy, Kevin, Stephan, Joanne Jordan, and Marcella Fitzhugh; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service is planned for April 25, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall, 320 Willoughby Ave, Juneau, AK 99801. Local family contact Tim Howard, 8887 Cedar Ct., Juneau, AK 99801, (907) 209-4032.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Apr. 24 to May 23, 2017