Howard passed away peacefully on July 6, 2017 at the age of 79, while residing at Springvalley Care Home, with his family by his side. Howard was born in Saskatchewan on March 07, 1938.
Predeceased by his loving wife of 28 years, Judy Lukadia Jackson and brother Roy Jackson. Survived by his five children: Melody (Jim) Gartner, Bev (Gert) Bartkowski, Randy (Dawn) Bandura, Shelley (Mladen) Matotek, Dean Bandura; 11 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; two brothers: David and Jimmy and his sister Lori.
Howard will be remembered for his love for music and dancing. There wasn’t a moment that he didn’t enjoy playing the piano, accordion or dancing around the dance floor. He enjoyed darts and shuffleboard at the Legion and the tournaments, for which he brought home many trophy’s over the years. Howard was a very hard worker and spent most of his early working years at an electronics shop repairing televisions and other small electronics. In his later years, Howard and Judy became property managers in Calgary, Vancouver and Kelowna, where Howard was responsible for looking after all the maintenance and repairs. His last few years were spent working at the Husky Gas Station serving customers in Kelowna. Howard’s health quickly declined after his wife Judy past away. When he moved into Springvalley Care, Howard quickly became the entertainer and dance partner for many residents, which brought him so much joy right up to his very last days.
A special thank you to all the staff at Springvalley Care Facility for always making Howard feel welcomed and at home. He really enjoyed your friendship and kindness over the years and your patience and understanding. Your exceptional care and support, especially in his final days, was such a blessing to our family and we can not thank you enough.
At the request of Howard there will not be a memorial service and he will be laid to rest at Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery.
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