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WATSON, Howard John - Passed away peacefully on August 8, 2018 in the Palliative Care Unit of Sunnybrook Hospital with his daughter Karen and his wife by his side.

Howard was born on a farm near Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 58 years, Margaret, his children Karen(Mortimer Phills) and Miriam(Steven Christie), his grandchildren Johnathan Phills, Katelin Phills, Zachary Christie and Dylan Christie, his sister Gwen Favel and his brothers George and Doug, his extended family, Nariman, Amanda, Cheyenne and Shawnee Matinnia.

His parents and his brothers Don, Mel, Al, and Bill predeceased him.

Howard earned his degrees in arts and theology at St. Andrew’s College, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. In 1958 he was ordained a Minister of the United Church of Canada and served for four years as a minister on a four point Charge in Saskatchewan. In 1963 he was awarded his Master of Social Work degree at the University of Toronto. Howard worked as a Social Worker in a number of agencies until he established his own business, an Employee Assistance Program.

Howard was an active member of the congregation at Eglinton United Church and Eglinton St. George’s United Church. He was a member of the Choir in both of these churches.

After retiring from full time work Howard took an active role in Seniors Organizations where his focus was on housing issues. Howard enjoyed his role as a grandfather and was always interested in his grandchildren’s activities.

A Memorial Service will be held at Eglinton St. George’s United Church, 35 Lytton Blvd. Toronto on Wednesday, August 15 at 2:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to a charity of your choice..

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