A resident of Winchester for the past 11 years, David Howarth passed away at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Sun., Nov. 27, 2011, following a valiant 14 month battle with cancer.
Dave was born in Thunder Bay on January 13, 1963 to his parents, the late Ronald and Sylvia Howarth (nee Hostikka). From an early age, Dave’s goal was to be a soldier and a paratrooper in the Canadian Armed Forces. He joined the PPCLI in 1980, and in 1982 transferred to the Canadian Airborne Regiment. While in Petawawa, Dave became intrigued with the intelligence operations of the forces and in 1985 remustered to the Intelligence Branch. Dave served as intelligence operator for the next nine years, with postings to Ottawa and Lahr, Germany. In 1994, Dave retired from the CF as a warrant officer and began his next career as a private investigator. He worked for several years for Profile, and then opened his own company, Pathfinder Investigations.
On Dec. 28, 1985, he married Elizabeth Crober and together they had two sons, Alexander and Nicholas. Although extremely successful in his careers, Dave’s primary focus was his family. He always put his wife and children first. Dave, Liz, Alex, and Nick enjoyed many family vacations together, a good number of them to their second home, Walt Disney World, always accompanied by extended family! Dave was extremely social by nature and was always there to lend a hand to others, including serving several years as a volunteer firefighter in Winchester.
Dave is survived by his wife and best friend, Liz, and his treasured sons, Alex and Nick, both at home. He was the younger brother of Scott of Ottawa. He was a dear son-in-law of Charlie & Anne Crober of R.R.# 1 Morrisburg, and dear brother-in-law and friend of Katherine & Ray Blewett of Ottawa and Rob & Wendy Crober of Winchester. He was a cherished uncle of Laura, Marina, William, and Madison.
Friends may call at the Marsden McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Fri., Dec. 9th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Sat., Dec. 10th at 11 am., with Rev. Bob Williams officiating. Private internment will be at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Morrisburg. Donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital or the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Thank you to Dr. Gertler and Dr. Malone and the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre and to Dr. Burke and nurses and staff at Winchester District Memorial Hospital, especially CCCU.