William “Bill” Howard

William “Bill” Howard – A resident of Chatham, William “Bill” Edward Howard, born January 28th, 1939 passed away peacefully at Chatham Hospice on March 4th, 2020 at the age of 81. Born in Stockport, Cheshire, England. Bill was the son of the late William and Lucy Howard. Loving husband for 59 years of Hilda Barbara (Farrow). Loving father to Peter Howard (Angie) of London, ON and David (MaryLin) Howard of Shrewsbury, ON. Grandfather to Joshua (Tina) Howard, Bethany (Brian) Dueck and great grandfather to Abigail, Julian, Harrison and Sophia.
Predeceased by sisters Pauline (1943) and Christine (1949) and brother Brian (2018). Brother of Keith Howard (Julie) of England. Brother-in-Law of Bill Farrow and Melinda Howard. Sadly missed by nieces and nephews in Canada and England.
Bill was a proud member of Ironworkers Local 700 for over 45 years, including serving as Assistant Business Agent for 16 years. Bill was a dedicated Ironworker, took pride in his work and was very respected by fellow Ironworkers.
Visitations will take place from 11:00am to 1:00 pm on Friday, March 13that The Salvation Army Church, 46 Orangewood Blvd. Chatham with a Celebration of Life at 1:00pm. Burial to follow at Maple Leaf Cemetery.  Online condolences may be left at www.lifetransitions.ca

In lieu of flowers Donations can be made in memory of Bill to:

Feel free to use any of the links provided
Chatham-Kent Hospice
The Salvation Army Chatham-Kent Ministries
Canadian Cancer Foundation


Bill’s service will be live-streamed through the church. It can be watched as it’s happening, 1:00pm Eastern Canada time, and will remain on the site for approx. 1 week.

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4 Comments on “William “Bill” Howard”

  1. We uphold Hilda, Dave and Pete and all the family in our prayers. Sending our love to you as you go through this difficult time. Leonard and Joanne

  2. Thinking of Hilda and family at this sad time.
    Fly high billy
    Love and will miss you
    Keith and Julie

  3. Words are so hard to express but our condolences are sincere and our hearts go out to you at this sad and difficult time. Billy and I shared many IW stories and laughs in his office at the union hall, and I will never forget his mischievous smile. No doubt he is connecting above and beyond. RIP Billy.
    Love Paul and Joey Pastuck

  4. Firstly, my sincere condolences to Hilda, Pete and Dave and their families. I can only begin to feel your loss. I have known Bill for 40+ years as a friend, a Union brother and co-worker. Bill was first and foremost a family man who along with his dedicated wife Hilda worked hard to successfully raise their family. Bill, as most of you know, was a talented Union Ironworker. Over a 30+ year period on the tools Bill performed work on many landmark buildings in the London-Windsor-Sarnia- Chatham area. Over the years I had the opportunity and pleasure of working with Bill…. and for Bill….. on many of these job sites. Bill was one of the most amiable men that I worked with. He performed his work with skill while at the same time had a good time and a good rapport with the crew. In his day Bill was a work hard play hard guy…… and …..at times…..did both to the extreme. Everyone that knew Bill could share some lively stories of their time spent with him.
    Bill’s supervisory skills were second to none and his reputation for getting the job done efficiently did not go unnoticed. IW companies would frequently name request him for jobs. It wasn’t very often that Bill was out of work.
    About the last 15 years of Bill’s ironworking career was spent as a Business Agent for the Ironworkers. I was fortunate to have spent 10 of those years working with Bill in this capacity also. Bill tirelessly represented Ironworkers ensuring that there were plenty of work opportunities for the members. He was known as a straight shooter and based on his working experience….. contractors instinctively knew that Bill knew what he was talking about. He was well respected by the membership, ironworker employers and other trades. He always put the interests of the Membership ahead of his own interests. His being re-elected by the membership continuously until his retirement showed that he was outstanding in his position with the Union.
    After our retirements I didn’t see Bill as often as I would have liked but we stayed in contact and I was very pleased to see Hilda and Bill enjoying their very well deserved retirement. Bill was not only a good man but very unique in his ability to help others. Over the years I watched with admiration when Bill would go to bat for Ironworkers when they were wronged or needed a break of some kind. Bill was always there. We all know that he will be sorely missed. So now I would like to take the opportunity say goodbye to a good man and a good friend…….
    Goodbye Bill.

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