Howard Hill

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It is with great sadness that the family of Howard Hill, age 51, announces his passing due to heart related issues on April 9, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Howard was born and grew up in Soldotna, Alaska. He was a graduate of Soldotna High School and of UNLV where he was actively involved in school sports. During his high school years, Howard started working summers with Shell Oil. He remained with the company for over 30 years, most recently as an Offshore Installation Manager in the Gulf of Mexico.

While working out of New Orleans, Howard found the love of his life, Kathleen. When he was home from work, they were inseparable for the last 14 years. Together, they enjoyed trying new restaurants, discovering new places and attending many concerts, festivals and sporting events (Geaux LSU Tigers, TCU Horned Frogs and New Orleans Saints!). They were travel enthusiasts, especially to the Caribbean. Road trips were always an extra exciting adventure, as Howard arguably knew better than the GPS. Howard was very proud of his home grown roses, a love that he received from his parents.

Those who worked with Howard remember him as a passionate leader, who cared deeply about the people he worked with and challenged them to be better every day. To quote one of his friends, "To find someone so genuine and even keeled, no matter what the situation, is rare and hard to come by; but with Howard, it came naturally. He was a great leader, wonderful co-worker and an even better friend."

Howard will be forever remembered by his loving wife and best friend, Kathleen; fluffballs Kenai and Zulu; brothers Richard and William; nephews Michael French, Jr (Desarie), Vincent French (Jenessa), Matthew French and Brandon Hill, extended family and many dear friends. Howard was preceded in death by his father, Robert; mother, Shirley; and sister, Patricia (Michael French, Sr).

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of Howard Hill to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX / www.mdanderson.org/gifts, as this is the organization that enabled Howard to survive cancer and ultimately gave him decades to fully live life…. And he did!

Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Apr. 23, 2018