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HOWELL, Peter Lee

February 27, 1938 — October 15, 2022

At age 84, Peter Howell passed away peacefully on October 15, 2022. He is survived by his son, Stephen; his grandchildren, Tessa and Scarlet; his siblings Jon, Susan, and Sandra; his brothers- & sisters-in-law, Prima, Catherine, Roy, Sandy, Bill, and Stan; as well as extended family including Kelly, Ted, Rex, and Pam. Sadly, he was predeceased by his loving wife of 43 years, Ruth (d. 2011).

Peter was born in Toronto, Ontario, the firstborn of a family of 6. He did several odd jobs before settling into a long career as a Service Advisor for Canadian Tire.  He married the love of his life, Ruth, in 1968 and together raised 1 child (Stephen). He and Ruth spent 30+ years in Ontario before moving out to the Okanagan in the early 2000s to enjoy their retirement together. He lost Ruth in 2011 but managed to pass the time with friends and family in addition to volunteering, for almost 10 years, at the Brookhaven Care Centre to help out seniors requiring long term care.  A twinkle returned to this eye when he learned he was finally becoming a grandfather in 2018 (Tessa) and then again in 2020 (Scarlet).

Those that knew Peter would agree that first and foremost he was a car buff.  His cars over the years always had to be in immaculate condition, no matter what. Peter did not like winters, especially driving in snow, and over the years, when the snow started to fly, his friends and family always kidded him about that. He loved his coffee at Tim Horton’s and chatting with people. Peter was also an Elvis man by nature, particularly with respect to how he presented himself.  Peter lived a long a fulfilling life of 84 years, so the next time you hear that the warden is throwing a party in the county jail, think of Peter and do the jailhouse rock with him.

No formal service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Salvation Army.

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  • Janneke Smith says:

    My condolences on the passing of Peter. I met Peter while working at BH. He loved his wife and spend many hours at BH with Ruth. He would always come to me if there was news of what son Stephen was up to. He was a very proud dad. He was looking forward to becoming a grandfather and the picture shows his pride and happiness in his family. Janneke Smith

  • Michelle & James Carmichael says:

    Our heartfelt and sincere condolences to you and the family Stephen. Your Dad was a amazing man and he will be truly missed by all

  • Gladys Hill says:

    I was a neighbor of Peter’s at Shannon Lake. Peter was most kind and generous to everyone, he was there for me if I needed light bulbs changed or furniture moved, he was so helpful and if I ever needed anything he was always there. After I moved peter would call me every other day and tell where he had been and what he had done, he loved to call. Every body that knew Peter had nice things to say about him, it is very sad and he will be missed, I will miss his phone calls.

  • Meena Cleland says:

    My condolences to Peters family. Peter lived in the same condo where my husband and I lived he was a wonderful neighbour and a good friend he will be missed. I lost my husband last March and Peter was very kind.

  • Pamela Davies-Godden says:

    I will always remember all the times we shared when we lived together and had both started our careers. We fought like brother and sister but also shared love, laughs and fun. I treasure our times with each other In Lucknow before COVID kept us apart. I carry your memory with me, my sweet cousin. Rest In Peace, Peter, you are now with so many you loved.

  • David Giarrusso says:

    Peter was an absolutely wonderful man.
    When when my family and I moved into Rock Ridge he greeted us immediately and made us feel welcome. Throughout our time as friends we shared baked good and I helped him around the house a bit. He liked talking to my young son and always shared stories and pics of his family. He treated us as family from day one and we will always love and remember him. Rest In Peace.

  • David Wallis says:

    I am very sorry to hear about Peter’s passing.
    Cousin David and family

  • Terry Wallis says:

    Dear Steve and Family – what a beautiful tribute, thank you so much for sharing. We are so sorry for your loss. We hope you will get in touch if you make it out West. Peter and Terry

  • Michel Des Ruisseaux says:

    We were friends for a long time and I will miss our chats both at BH and Timmies. .Rest in peace my friend, you earned it. 👍👍👍

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