HOWARD--Fred, on December 13, 2008. Beloved companion of Bonnie Kaye, husband of the late Fay Howard, father of John and Ron Howard and dear grandfather to Eliza, Molly, Ali, Zach and Jackson Howard. Fred's passion for everything made his life anything but ordinary. There were no constraints in his mind or actions, nothing that inhibited his enormous energy and creativity, or his appetite for life. He was a creator of ideas, of products, of companies. He inspired others to think out of the box. He was born in Germany on June 16, 1922. He fled the Nazi's and emigrated with his mother to the United States as a young man, bravely serving in the US Army during WW II in key intelligence positions with other German-born soldiers in a unit called The Ritchie Boys. After the war he founded what became the largest merchandising and point-ofsale display company in the world and was responsible for many famous merchandising icons; from Timex watch displays to the Leggs egg. Fred's devotion to improving Arab-Israeli relations spanned his entire adult life. Based on principles of tolerance and fairness, he devoted much of his energy, resources and passion to fostering a just peace in the Middle East for Jews and for Arabs. We are all diminished by the loss of his blazing intellect and provocative rascally ways. He was never boring. He died peacefully in his sleep in New York, the place he loved most on this earth. It was "his kind of town". Services Wednesday, December 17, 1:15pm at "The Riverside", 76th St. and Amsterdam Ave.
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Published in The New York Times from Dec. 15 to Dec. 16, 2008