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January 16, 2019

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May 19, 2015
I just found this guest book and feel compelled to write something, even though it has been almost 4 years since Howard's passing.
To start, I just want to say that Howard was one of the best friends I ever had. He was always there to talk with me during some of the most difficult periods of my life. For many years I spoke with almost everyday. He had a unique way of looking at things, which is what made him a genius at business. I loved he one liners, especially, "If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there."
He was a kind and generous friend, a treasure. He touched many lives, for sure. I still think of him often and miss him deeply.
His legacy of kindness and business savvy lives on in his children.
August 5, 2011
A sad time, indeed. Howard was easily one of the most intelligent men I have ever met. He knew a fool when he saw one, but I never saw him act in a mean or small-spirited way, because he was not a small man. I often heard people remark on how he would listen, intently, to whatever they had to say. A shame that others sometimes didn't listen to him. Others who did benefited from his insights. I remember one dealer he rescued from the recession of the early '80s. We walked into his showroom on the day, literally, that he was going to close the business. He had the demeanor and pallor of a man about to hang himself. Howard and he went into the man's office and shut the door. Four hours later, they emerged with a plan of rescue. Long story short, the dealer did very well in ensuing years by following Howard's advice to the letter. But here's the amusing thing: this dealer was quite religious. He apparently believed that Howard had either been sent to him by Jesus Christ, or was Jesus Christ himself. And Howard did absolutely nothing to dispel the notion. And who knows? As many others did, I benefited greatly from having known him. He will be missed. Rest in peace, Howard, until we meet again.
July 25, 2011
My prayers and condolences to George and the Van Bortel family.
July 22, 2011
I did know Howard and had a lot of respect for him. I worked for him for a short time in 1960 in the body shop. I will never forget Howard running down the steps and opening the door fas. He tried catch us goofing off,but was not fast enough. He is a good man ,and i will miss him...