In Loving Memory of
Basil was predeceased by his wife Ada,
and is lovingly remembered by
his children Fay, Barb, Bill, Sheila, and Grant,
as well as their families.
May 28, 2022
Pembina Manitou Health Centre
In accordance with the family’s
wishes, a private graveside service
will be held at the Manitou Cemetery.
Private Interment ~ Manitou Cemetery
Donations in memory of Basil may be made to the Pembina Manitou Health Centre Palliative Care Fund,
or to a charity of one’s choice.
Charles Basil Silcox Howatt passed away at the Pembina Manitou Health Centre on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at the age of 92.
Basil was the youngest child and only son of Charles William Howatt and Jennie Rebecca nee Silcox. Basil had five older sisters.
Basil attended Manitou School and started helping his father on the farm at a young age. He married Ada Irene Webber on Oct. 11, 1952. They raised a family of five on the home farm NW 10-3-8.
Over his lifetime Dad farmed with his father, then his own sons and his grandson. He actively farmed to age 86, but never considered himself “retired”. Dad and Mom enjoyed the celebration of the farm’s Centennial in 2019.
Dad spent a lot of time in his shop on the farm. He liked working with his hands. At an early age he learned to weld, and many hours were given to repairing machinery. He was very proud of his rebuilt TD14 dozer, and he had an old black and white photo of it in his possession. One of his last projects was restoring an Allis Chalmers model B tractor.
Dad and Mom believed in the importance of education, and they supported us in our career choices. They passed on to us their love of music. Basil himself enjoyed playing piano duets with his girls and his grandchildren. He was also a tuba player, playing for many years in the Manitou Community Band and marching in parades. In Canada’s Centennial year, 1967, the band was very busy with engagements around southern Manitoba.
Dad and Mom loved to dance. They attended local Old Time Dances and travelled by motorhome to Phoenix and Las Vegas in the winters. They enjoyed the intricate patterns of square dancing, joining friends in the Manitou Town Hall.
In each of their homes there had to be room for a pool table. Dad was a competitive snooker player. He practiced long hours in the evening with friends Stew Clayton and Glen Wallcraft. A shelf displayed his many pool tournament trophies. There were also rousing games of bridge and whist with extended family. And, later on, cribbage and crokinole were enjoyed after Dad and Mom’s move to Homestead South in Morden.
On Oct. 15, 2020 our Mom passed away, soon after their 68th wedding anniversary.
Dad’s final home was Pembina Manitou Health Centre for a period of 10 months. Our family is thankful for the dedicated Health Care staff, and for the Activity personnel who brightened his days.
Basil was pre-deceased by his wife Ada, his granddaughter Megan Howatt, his five sisters and their husbands: Dorothy and Ralph Collins, Verna and Bob McElroy, Velma Rudd, Phyllis and Mel Pearce, Kae and Rolly Pearson; also his sister-in-law Elva Tole, and brothers-in-law Mervin Tole and Jim Forrest.
He is survived by his sister-in-law Doreen Forrest.
Basil is remembered by his five children and their families: Fay (Tom) Carruthers, Bill (Mariette) Howatt, Barb (Rick) Klippenstein, Sheila (Larry) Hemminger, and Grant (Kim) Howatt; grandchildren: Robert, Dan and Brett Carruthers; Catherine (Justin) Reid, Charlie (Kirsty) Howatt, Jesse (Megan) Howatt and Stephen (Delaney) Howatt; Becky (Dwight) Pomedli, Rod (Cheryl) Klippenstein, and Lisa (Justin) Waddington; Brian (Shannon) Hemminger, Callie (Jared) Fofonoff, and Jennie (Chris) Moffatt; Kevin Howatt (Ashley Milin). There are 22 great-grandchildren.
Basil is fondly remembered by his many nieces and nephews.