January 23, 1956 – June 5, 2012
Howard passed away peacefully, at the age of 56, at Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice Home with his family by his side. He is survived by his loving parents, Myrt and Leonard Fortier, sister: Deborah (Wayne) Ross, brothers: Fred (Mary) Fortier, Will Fortier, Greg (Elizabeth) Fortier, Thomas Fortier and Vern (Donna) Fortier. Nieces: Keri-Jo (TJ) Fortier, Angie (Ben) Rainer, Charli (Justin) Fortier, Kyle Fortier, Erica Fortier. Nephews: Brandon Ross, Monty (Dallas) Ross, Adam Adams, and Lanny (Lizzie) Fortier. Great Niece: Joy Rainer, and Great Nephews: Linden Ross, Kallen Ross, Thunder Fortier-Camille, and Ty Rainer. Numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Howard loved his nephews and nieces; “Uncle Howie” will be missed. He was the most generous and compassionate person to all. Also will be missed is his helpful advice.
Howard worked in the logging industry as an operator as well as the Simpcw Fisheries. He graduated from Barriere Secondary School in 1974. He won many awards for his excellent skills as a basketball player. Fastball was another sport he excelled in playing for Chu Chua Chiefs. His favourite pastime was cheering on the Toronto Maple Leafs, BC Lions and the Blue Jays.
No formal service by request, but a Celebration of Life was held in his favourite sanctuary where he spent many hours caring for the gardens. This was held at Chu Chua, B.C., June 9, 2012, surrounded by his family and friends.
Thank you to Dr. Collier and nursing staff 5N, Deb Donald APN at the Royal Inland Hospital, volunteers and nurses at Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice Home. The compassion and medical care was outstanding in our time of need.
Should friends desire donations to the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice Home, 72 Whitesheild Cres., S. Kamloops, V2E 2S9