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Official Obituary of

Ronald "Ron' Rae Howarth

August 27, 1948 ~ April 7, 2023 (age 74) 74 Years Old

Ronald "Ron' Howarth Obituary

In Loving Memory of
Ronald Rae

age 74
Lovingly remembered by his wife Joanne and sons Daryl (Patricia), and Darcy as well as their families.

April 7, 2023
Lorne Memorial Hospital
Swan Lake, Manitoba

Memorial Service
Friday, April 14, 2023
St. Andrew’s United Church
Manitou, Manitoba   
2:00 p.m.

Click here to register/view livestream ~

Public Viewing
Thursday April 13, 2023
Wheatland Chapel
Pilot Mound, Manitoba   
7:00 p.m.     


Donations in memory of Ron may be made to BTHC Cancer Care Unit 2000 Stn. Main, Winkler, MB R6W 1H8 or St. Boniface Hospital Foundation; Room C1026-409 Tache Ave. Winnipeg, MB R2H 2A6 (Specify Vascular Unit in memo line) 


“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”


 Peacefully, at Swan Lake hospital, on Good Friday April 7th with family by his side, Ronald Rae Howarth passed away. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 52 years Joanne (nee Lafreniere), sons Daryl (Patricia) and Darcy; 8 Grandchildren; Cole, Carter, Braden and Cody Howarth; Codie (Halle) and Tyler (Francis) Russell; Grayson and Jaxon Hawkins; brother, Brian; sister Lorna and sisters-in-law, Diana and Donna and many nieces and nephews.  Also his Lafreniere family, sisters-in-law Norma Masserey, Jeannine McElhoes, Jeannette Labossiere-Dadey; brothers-in-law Ron (Myrna) Lafreniere and Edgar Lafreniere and nieces and nephews.  Ron was predeceased by his parents John and Beatrice Howarth, brothers Glenn and Lyle, in-laws, Maurice and Clara Lafreniere, brothers- in- law, Maurice DeBacker, and Denis Lafreniere as well as many other in-laws .


                Ron was born on August 27/1948 to John and Beatrice Howarth in the Kingsley District.  Dad loved to farm and at 15 decided to quit school and do what he loved. He farmed with his dad until 1973, when at this time bought a farm of his own. Ron farmed until 2004, providing for his family along the way. Even after Ron quit farming himself, he continued to fulfill one of his passions by driving a combine in the fall for local farmers. This just proves that You Can’t Take The Farm Out Of The Boy.

Ron and Joanne enjoyed many years camping with their family and friends.  In later years they enjoyed many winters in Texas.  They also created special memories in Branson, Black Hills, and Kelowna.

                Ron also drove the school bus.  He enjoyed his conversations with many children, not to mention getting to town twice a day for coffee at Red’s Cafe, and Roger’s Tire Shop. Ron was a member of the masonic order, and in February of this year was presented with his 50 year pin.

                Dad was an avid curler, bringing home many 1st place trophies with his brothers Glenn and Brian,  Bob Weeks, Jim Friesen, Lyle Bamford, and Ernie Cavers.  Because dad was such a dedicated father, he gave up his curling career in 1984 to follow his boys in their quest to be hockey players.  Dad never missed a game, and was always supportive, regardless of the outcome.  After his boys graduated Ron still rarely missed a game, driving to Brandon to watch Daryl and his boys curl. Ron also curled with Daryl and his two boys in a couple local bonspiels. Dad was proud to be curling with four Howarths. Dad also followed Darcy’s hockey for 12 years in the Tiger Hills Hockey League.  Ron would go to many a game in Cartwright and was always treated as one of the guys. After Ron’s boys were done playing sports, he was just as dedicated watching the grandkids in their sports endeavors, even traveling to Minneapolis and Grand Forks to watch hockey.  In the last few years dad finally had the time to get back into the sport he loved so much.  Dad and mom would curl in the Somerset senior league every week.  Here they enjoyed some friendly competition, but more importantly, their friends.

                Ron will be remembered as the absolute best Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, and Friend.  He was a kind, and gentle soul.  Ron always put the needs of others before his own. He will be sorely missed, but his memories will always be in our hearts. RIP dad.

Thank you
   The family of Ron Howarth would like to thank everyone for the cards, food, flowers , visits,
phone calls , messages and letters during Ron’s illness and at the time of his passing. Thanks
also to all who made donations in Ron’s memory.
Special thanks to Darcy  and Daryl for the special help, grandson’s visits and hands on care for
Dad at home ,to Lisa for going over and above your duties and always being there for Uncle
Ronnie and Auntie Jo , we were very blessed to have you , to Tara for your visits and goodies,
to brother Brian for hands on care and helping keep our yard clean, and Breanne for your
delivery, to  Donna for your excellent video skills and meals, and Blair for your many visits and
generous donation towards the funeral lunch .
To the caring people of our Archibald community, a heartfelt thank you for always being on call
for us when we needed your help, to Boundary Trails  Hospital cancer care during treatments, 
Home care,  palliative care nurses and Dr Woelk, who made Ron’s stay at home possible.
Thanks to Lorne Memorial Hospital nurses and NP Carlyn for the special care during  Ron’s
final 30 hours .
Special thanks NP. Stephanie, to oncologist, Dr. Zhang , vascular surgeon, Dr. Guzman, and
doctors in Quebec City and the many other doctors who cared for Ron over his 12 year journey.
Jeannette your beautiful poem and Len your uplifting words showed your love for Uncle Ron
and myself.
To Grandsons, Cole, Carter, Braden, Cody, Grayson and friend Eddie for carrying Grandpa/Ron
to his final resting place at Kingsley, he would be proud. 
Wheatland Funeral Service, Missy, Don and Matt, your warm compassion and attention to detail
was so heartwarming during this difficult time.
Rev. Mel, organist Margie, ushers Richard and Ray choir members and lunch committee of St.
Andrews United, you made Ron’s memorial service beautiful and perfect.
Special thanks to the Masonic Lodge brothers for the honour guard at the cemetery and in
To the people who could not be there in person, we know you were there in spirit as you
watched the service live -stream.
Thank- you to everyone for attending the service and for the kind words and warm hugs. We are
very blessed! 
Daryl, Patricia , Cole, Carter
Jaxon, Grayson,
Codie (Halle) , Tyler (Francis)
Darcy, Braden (Kailey), Cody



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