FARQUHARSON, Howard Alexander

January 27, 1918 – April 29, 2019

Howard was the eldest son born at home near Sampsonton (Madden) to Dave and Minnie Farquharson. After 70 years of marriage he was predeceased by his wife Vola (nee Farr).  He was also predeceased by his brother Melvin (Phyllis).  He sadly lost his daughter-in-law Marlene (nee Jacobs) and son-in-law Victor Wall.  Howard is survived by his daughter Keren (Lou Delgado); son, Don (Bernice McLean); 3 grandchildren: Cody (Niki); Stacey (Sasha Wren); Jess (Troy Gano) and 9 great grandchildren.  He treasured the visits with nieces, nephews and cousins and valued strong family bonds. 

He and Vola first farmed near Madden then purchased their own land near Dog Pound which continues as a working family farm receiving a Master Farm Award. Even at 100 he lived to farm and spent as much time as he could working on the land or driving the countryside to see what other farmers were doing and how the crops looked.

At 101 Howard could still relate to younger friends, family and neighbors who all enjoyed his visits and stories. They were inspired by his sharp mind, his wisdom, wit and humor. He had an independent determination to remain active, fit and useful. He was an avid reader and loved his music.

A Celebration of Life to be held at Madden Community Hall on May 8, 2019 at 2:00 pm.

Arrangements entrusted to Cochrane Country Funeral Home, Florence (Flo) Simpson, Funeral Director. Ph: 403-932-1039.

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  1. On May 2, 2019 at 5:46 pm Walter and Terry Peachey Said:

    You have often spoken of your Dad, Keren, and his love of farming. What a long and productive life he has had. We know you will miss him, but you have lots of good memories and stories to pass down in your family.

    Condolences to you and Lou, as well as your family.

    Walter and Terry

  2. On May 4, 2019 at 11:59 am Esler family Said:

    We first met Howard and his family through his cousin Roy. Howard offered to help us get immigration to Canada from NZ by offering to give us employment. For this kind gesture we shall be forever grateful, though we easily found work in the construction industry in Calgary. Our family owes a lot to the Farquharson clan in many ways, we are very grateful for the kindness and friendship we have with the extended Farquharson family.

  3. On May 4, 2019 at 12:08 pm Dave and Patricia Buckler Said:

    Howards family are thoughts are with you at this time your book of memories will fill your heart. We lived at water valley and you have land across the road he would come and we would have tea and a good visit .One time he was a little shook up had spent a hour laying in the coulee as someone was shooting didn’t know what way the bullets were coming from Saw him at the Bethany in cochrane use to mumble about the gadgets on his new car but was the way to get to the farm which was where his heart was. Find comfort in knowing he said I’ve had the best life.

  4. On May 5, 2019 at 6:38 pm John and Glenda Parkins Said:

    Please accept our condolences, Keren. We came to know Howard through you, and while he started out with us as a landlord, he quickly became a friend. We very much enjoyed his visits to Deer Springs and he was a great support and encouragement for our cabin project. Howard was a very admirable man in so many ways. His love of his family and the land were two of his hallmarks. We so admired that even at 100 years of age he was out on the land bringing in the harvest as he had for decades.

    He has left a rich legacy behind through the numerous relatives and friends that will remember him fondly. We’ll continue to look for his little Ford Ranger as we drive past the farm. Rest in peace, Howard, you’ve certainly earned it!

    Glenda and John Parkins

  5. On May 6, 2019 at 1:34 pm Jo Tennant Said:

    Such a kind & caring person. It was a privilege to have known him. May knowing how he touched the lives of so many help you at this time. A life well lived.

  6. On May 9, 2019 at 5:53 pm Tammy Rogers Said:

    I am deeply saddened to hear of Howard’s passing. My heart goes out to you Keren and the rest of your family during this difficult time. Howard was a true, one of a kind gem. I was blessed to hear some of his stories and words of wisdom during his time at Bethany. His passion for farming cannot be expressed in words…just say Howard.
    Rest in peace Howard! I can see you smiling down at all of us!

  7. On May 10, 2019 at 7:44 am Archie Robertson Said:

    Howard amazed me the day he brought out his I pad a few years ago on a bus outing to his farm and was scrolling through pictures to show me. He was a good friend and always a gentlemen. He will be missed. Archie Robertson