West Point Grey United Church
May 29, 2022

Ann Howe (1939-2022)

Ann Howe passed away peacefully on May 24, surrounded by her loving children (Karen, Norman & Kristina), and in full control of her faculties and her own destiny. She has returned to the loving embraces of her husband Bruce, her siblings Barb & Doug, and her parents Ernie & Evelyn. She leaves behind her grandchildren (Grace, Max & Oscar), her nieces and nephews (Neil, Kim, Jennifer & Holly), her daughter-in-law (Emily) and multitudes of friends too numerous to mention. 

The first act in Ann’s life was all about the small-town girl from Baie-Comeau, where her dad held sway as the manager of the paper mill, her renown as one half of the famous Ferguson twins made her a local celebrity, and her lifelong buddy Brian Mulroney would entertain visiting dignitaries by singing Irish ballads in her living room. It was an idyllic childhood by any measure, capped by her matriculation at Mount Allison University, and it would be a touchstone throughout her life – indeed, she had an uncanny ability to begin a conversation with almost anyone and have it end in Baie-Comeau through various segues and six-degrees-of-separation coincidences. 

Her second act was as the glamorous wife of Bruce Howe, corporate titan and renowned adventurer, who swept her off her feet on the tennis courts of Baie-Comeau. They travelled the world together, including an idyllic 7-year hiatus in Ottawa, and when the world came to Vancouver for Expo 86, she entertained everyone from Princess Di to Margaret Thatcher. She produced 3 accomplished children along the way, gave her time generously to the community, the church, and her friends, and when her beloved Bruce fell ill, she nursed him with love and devotion. 

Her third act was most assuredly her own, when she established her dominion over Ann’s party palace at 4715. She threw open the doors to her home and enthusiastically embraced anyone who crossed the threshold, whether it was the members of her book club, her investment buddies, her daughters’ friends, or random strangers. Ann was a dedicated (and decorated) volunteer, an avid gardener, an enthusiastic chanteuse, and a championship tennis player, but most of all she was a legendary collector of people, with a deep and abiding curiosity about everyone she met and a generous and loving approach to life.  

Her final days were filled with family, friends, laughter and love as she held court one last time. To know her was to love her, and we have been blessed to call Ann Howe mother, nana, aunt & friend.  

The family wishes to thank Dr. Brad Fritz for the extraordinary care he gave Mom over 30+ years, as well her dedicated and loving team of caregivers (Jaz, Ben, Diego, Mauricio, Athenas, Sita, Zara). In lieu of flowers please donate to Pacific Parkinson’s Research Institute or the charity of your choice that makes a difference for kids, homeless or education. A celebration of life will be held at the family home June 24. Send notes and thoughts and RSVP for the event to annhowefamily@gmail.com