HOWARD, Donald John

December 21, 1956 – May 9, 2021

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Donald John Howard at the age of 64 on Sunday May 9, 2021.  He passed peacefully, surrounded by family, and in the care of the thoughtful staff at the Rockyview General Hospital.  He is survived by his brothers, Doug, and Dave (Shirley); children, Benjaman, Terri (Adam), and Drew; grandchildren Ainsley, and Aedan  Don will also be deeply missed by The Nadeau & The Brand families as well as very many friends and former colleagues.  

Born in Calgary AB to Jack and Elsa Howard, Don was known for his big heart, sense of humour, and a passion for helping others.  This passion led him to pursue a career as a firefighter with the City of Calgary.  During his 34 year career he rose through the ranks and served as District Chief before retiring.  Serving the people of Calgary and his career with the fire department was what brought Don the most joy.  

Due to restrictions, no celebration of life is planned at this time.  If friends so desire, memorial tributes can be made to the Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society; or call (403) 701-2876.  

Arrangements entrusted to Lawrence (Larry) Slywka, Funeral Director

Cochrane Country Funeral Home – Ph: 403-932-1039

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  1. On 11/05/2021 at 1:15 pm Gary Brand Said:

    My dearest friend for my entire life. You have always been there for me and I will miss you immensely. Rest in Peace Don.

  2. On 11/05/2021 at 1:55 pm Monica Neuhaus Said:

    Dearest Donny (as I knew you), full of mischief with Gary by your side and staying in touch for what seems like forever. Rest In Peace my friend and hopefully you can visit Parkhill where you will find a piece of all of us❤️

  3. On 11/05/2021 at 4:34 pm BILL BRAND Said:

    DON was one of a kind. Don will be missed by all that knew him. Growing up with the HOWARD boys was a very Special time in my life. R.I.P. BUDDY ALL MY LOVE TO THE FAMILY

  4. On 11/05/2021 at 5:35 pm Vivian Nadeau Said:

    My husband and the father of my children. Don was a kind and gentle man. We had a lot of fun in our time together and he will be missed

  5. On 11/05/2021 at 9:53 pm Bev Brand Lewis Said:

    DONNY you had a special place in my heart. Living next door to the Howard family and watching my younger siblings growing up with the Howard’ boys was a never ending source of entertainment. Don and Gary were best friends, like brothers, and began their lives together as babies and remained inseparable to his last breath. Don will be missed by all the Brands, especially Gary, as we all consider the Howard’s family. I will miss you Don and am I thankful for every moment I got to share with you, as you always made me laugh. I am so very proud of all you achieved in life! RIP SWEET DONNY and condolences and love to all the family.

  6. On 12/05/2021 at 1:15 am Calgary Fire Department Pensioners Association Said:

    Our sincere condolences to the Howard Families on the passing of “Brother” Don from all his fellow retired Firefighters.

  7. On 12/05/2021 at 2:11 am Sambhavo Patrick Said:

    Donny-boy – we only spent years of our youth together but oh what fun years they were. Condolences to all the family and friends feeling such sadness with your moving on to the cosmos. RIP my friend and peace to everyone !

  8. On 12/05/2021 at 6:07 pm Ron Renwick Said:

    Don you will be missed. I don’t know what was bigger your heart or that smile under your moustache!!! You took me in to your family when I first moved to Calgary, so many years ago. We had a lot of laughs.Thank you for the music. I think of you often. Tried to get together but maybe I did not try hard enough. Love you man!!!

  9. On 12/05/2021 at 6:30 pm Bob Renwick Said:

    My condolences Always enjoyed his visits to the ranch he was as weird and fun loving as my children

  10. On 12/05/2021 at 9:24 pm Cheryl Birnie-Browne (Cook) Said:

    I was so sad to hear of Don’s passing. I met him through Gary many years ago. He was a kind fun man that will be missed by all who knew him. My deepest condolences to all his family and many friends. Rest In Peace sweet Donny.

  11. On 13/05/2021 at 8:55 am Fraser, Innes Said:

    I am saddened to hear of Don’s passing. We worked many years together in the CFD and it was always fun. Don always had a smile on his face. My sincere condolences to the Howard family and all who knew him.

  12. On 13/05/2021 at 2:47 pm Brian Wilson Said:

    Our deepest condolences to the Howard and Nadeau families, on Don’s passing. We only wish our paths could have crossed more over the years. The Wilson and Krassman families.

  13. On 15/05/2021 at 1:04 am Laurie Howard Said:

    I was deeply saddened when I heard of Don’s passing. It’s been quite a number of years since we were last in touch maybe 10 yrs ago; however, it feels like yesterday. My heart aches for his family (Vivian, Ben, Terri and Drew and grandchildren) as well as his brothers and their family(ies) Dave (Shirley) and Doug and his former CFD family and of course the extended families mentioned above for their loss. My deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers will be with you all always!

  14. On 15/05/2021 at 1:49 pm Mike van Geel Said:

    Don, was the first person I knew in the Fire Department. Although we never actually worked together, I always enjoyed our visits whenever we crossed paths over the years. Condolences to the Howard family and to all those lucky enough to have know him.

  15. On 15/05/2021 at 7:42 pm Judy Ball Said:

    I still have no words. Life without Don is going to be a tuff road to go down. I am sorry we all have to go down it. Don was a real kind, loving, man. I already miss him so much. A part of me went with Donnie I know I will cherish his love forever .I feel honoured to have had him as my little brother.
    Rest in Peace Don. Love to Doug and Dave as well.

  16. On 17/05/2021 at 11:12 am Sharon Buckingham Said:

    My deepest sympathy goes out to all who loved Don.
    He will be missed by so many. Don always had a smile
    whenever I saw him. It made me smile every time I saw
    pictures of him with his grandchildren. The Brand family
    have so many wonderful memories living next door to the
    Howard’s. Mom and Elsa were best friends as were the
    kids. When they moved we were heartbroken and cried
    when the old house was taken down. We laughed and
    teased each other from our kitchen windiows and often
    the boys would get hauled away getting smacked by Elsa
    Or Gramps when they were being silly. This made us laugh
    even harder and of course egg them on even more.
    We had so much fun together and we will miss you terribly

  17. On 18/05/2021 at 4:26 pm Bill Lockwood Said:

    My deepest sympathy to the Howard’S been years since I have seen Donnie but always enjoyed working with him at #16 .he was always playing tricks and booby trapping things. He was a fun sorry to hear of his passing..he was a one of a kind

  18. On 18/05/2021 at 4:27 pm Dan Frederick Said:

    From our first day in drill school, you knew you had made a new friend. You knew Donny would have your back. Don had a genuine love for the job, and the people he met through it. His sense of humor and quick wit would leave you smiling whenever your paths would cross. Don was a kind man, with a big heart!
    Rest now… my friend

  19. On 18/05/2021 at 4:39 pm Kirk Newbigging Said:

    I am trying to find a place to start. I am saddened. As a rookie in 1989, this man who takes you under his wing and provides you with guidance and direction to work safe and go home to your family. Yet, he could turn the coin over and show you the tricks of the trade to survive the ever fulfilling pranks and joyous events of the firehall. Dana, Gord, Paul, Rick, Neil and Donny. They were always together. His radiant smile, his skill and attitude, he demonstrated the professionalism of a leader. I admired Don, always did and always will. He will not be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to the Howard family.

  20. On 18/05/2021 at 5:12 pm Ed Kam Said:

    I worked a few shifts with Don and I was always impressed with his will to make things better for the Firefighters. Since my retirement our paths had only crossed one more time and I was glad I was able to have a nice conversation with him. Doug, my sincere condolences go out to you and your entire family and all who knew him, he was indeed a special and caring person.

  21. On 18/05/2021 at 7:03 pm Faye Husch and family Said:

    Condolence to the Howard family. Our connection through the fire department, catering business and so much more will fondly remember. May you find smiles when you think of the many memories.

  22. On 18/05/2021 at 7:09 pm Faye Husch Said:

    Our deepest condolences to the Howard family.
    You will always be missed and thought of by us. 3 Amigos Catering!
    Rest In Peace.

  23. On 18/05/2021 at 7:26 pm eugene blakley Said:

    I originally had Don on a Crew I had with the Alberta Forest Service and then we ended up on the same CFD recruit class of 1980. We then worked at #16 and Don was a great part of the crew. I remember well and am sad we have not been in touch since I retired…Gene

  24. On 18/05/2021 at 7:39 pm Ted Heynen Said:

    Don, have a rum and coke for us with the big Kahuna when you get there. We had a lot of good times together, and we laughed a lot, especially knowing how much you hated the chicken dance.
    We know that we are not far behind you and we will probably getting soaked when see you again. Rest in peace.

  25. On 19/05/2021 at 9:18 am Steve Wilson Said:

    Our most deepest and sincere condolences go out to the Howard families upon the passing of Don. I had the honor and pleasure of serving with Don as a fellow peer with the CFD. Don was a firefighter first and foremost and continued with that to his retirement. The health, welfare and safety of his fellow firefighters shall be what he will remembered as. His attitude, calmness and candor in even the most stressful times serves as an example of leadership for all, he left this impression on all he crossed paths with. Rest in Peace Brother Don.

    Steve & Jody Wilson

  26. On 25/05/2021 at 10:39 am Sheilah Daniels-Smith Said:

    My deepest condolences to all of Don’s family. May your sorrow ease with time and grace. He was a sweet and gentle friend to many including me – I’m grateful to have shared part of his journey; laughs, tears and friendship. Blessed be, Don. You are missed.