Howe, James Edward “Ted”
Sadly we announce the passing of Ted on March 26th at Valleyhaven Care Home. Ted was born in Belleville, Ontario on October 16, 1942 to John Alexander Howe and Beatrice Ruth Howe (Patterson). He grew up in Trenton, Ontario; at 20 years old he joined the Canadian Forces becoming a mechanic with RCEME. Ted is survived by his wife of 45 years Elizabeth, son Norman and daughter Sherena. Also one sister Patricia Simpson of Kamloops and her son Ray John of Alberta. He was predeceased by his parents. Ted served in the Forces from 1961-1971 in Kingston and Gagetown; then spent eighteen months (1965-66) in Egypt. Upon returning to Canada he came to 3 Field Squadron at CFB Chilliwack where he remained until his release in 1971 with a short tour of duty to CFS Alert, NWT, in 1968.
Upon his release he worked a short time in the woods near Vavenby, BC, and then went to Cassiar Asbestos as field serviceman; after which he drove bus to meet the crews off the plane at Watson Lake, YT. After a year we moved to Watson Lake where he drove bus to Canada Tungsten, NWT for the mine. After which he worked for Canada Transport as an equipment operator at the airport. In 1976 we returned to Chilliwack where “Terrible T” began his trucking career which covered many miles in Canada and the United States with various companies and our own “Lady L Enterprises”. After suffering a mild heart attack in 2003 he retired.
Ted was a 44 year member of Ionic-Kent Lodge #19 Masons. He was a Life Member of Chilliwack Lions Club having joined in Watson Lake in 1975 then transferring. Ted was a faithful volunteer worker of the Atchelitz Thresherman’s Association and also CFB Chilliwack Historical Society. Memorial services will be held Thursday April 2 at 2pm with Rev. Heather Anderson officiating at Chilliwack United Church, corner of Yale and Spadina.