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David Aldworth Lewers "Dave" Howard (1909-1964)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

The Whitehorse Star - Monday, November 16, 1964

Sudden Death Sunday of David L. Howard

    Whitehorse citizens were shocked by the news of the sudden death of Dave Howard Sunday morning. The well-known manufacturer's and wholesale agent had been in his usual good health Saturday. He is believed to have suffered a heart attack during the night and walked into Whitehorse General Hospital about four a.m. on his own, with a suitcase under his arm, to get medical help.

    The doctor on duty was called immediately and arrived within minutes, but Mr. Howard had another seizure and was beyond help.

    David Aldworth Lewers Howard was a Manitoba boy who went to work at the age of 12. His friends found it difficult to believe that he was self-educated because of his scholarly writing and knowledge in many fields.

    He had first come to the Yukon with the telephone company before it was taken over as part of the Canadian National communications system, was later with Northern Commercial in Whitehorse and most recently in business for himself.

    Prominent in the Liberal organization here, he had acted as agent for the Liberal candidate N. V. K. Wylie in a federal election and had been an executive member of the local association. A faithful member of the United Church of Canada, he was active in the choir, the AOTS and was vice-president of the Whitehorse Choral Society.

    Active in the Board of Trade for many years, he had also been vice-president of the Social Service Society, carrying the president's duties as well for one year. He was interested in many humanitarian works, among them the SPCA, the Retarded Children's School, the Children's Aid Society and recently, the mental health organization here, as well as Red Cross.

    He is survived by his mother and a sister in North Vancouver, both of whom are invalids, and a brother, Kenneth L. Howard in Toronto.

    Funeral arrangements were not known today, pending word from the family.

The Whitehorse Star - Monday, November 23, 1964

Toastmasters Award to David L. Howard

    Whitehorse Toastmasters have decided to present their first "Toastmaster of the Year" award posthumously to David Howard, well known local business man who died suddenly on Nov. 15.

    The award, which is to be either a cup or a plaque, is made on the basis of attendance at meetings, service to the club, and speechmaking during the preceding year. It will be known as the David L. Howard award.

    At last Wednesday's meeting, Rolf Bailey was elected educational vice-president, placing Mr. Howard. New member Ross Kenway was welcomed.