Obituary of Michael Sydney How
July 31, 1937 - Hove, East Sussex, England
August 11, 2023 - Calgary, Alberta
Michael How of Calgary, AB, passed away on Friday, August 11, 2023, at the age of 86 years.
He was the beloved husband of Valerie for nearly 64 years. Loving father of Suzanne, Virginia (Andrew), Jonathan (Carolyn), and Christopher (Jessica). Proud Poppa to Charlotte (Todd), Jessica, Robbie, Maggie (Thomas), William, Amelia, and Aurora.
Michael spent the first 23 years of his working life in the Royal Air Force, starting as an enlisted apprentice at age 15. He and Valerie married in Welling, Kent in 1959 and had four children as he rose to the rank of squadron leader. He finished his career as an air electronics officer flying in Victor tankers and was last stationed at Marham, UK. Upon retiring from the RAF at age 38 in 1975, he immigrated to Canada with Valerie and his children. The family lived in Stouffville and Richmond Hill, ON for many years.
Michael held several professional positions in Canada, the last one being as a founding partner of Integra Capital Management. Life with Integra took him on numerous trips to Western Canada, and it eventually brought him to Bragg Creek, AB, where he was living when he retired.
After retirement, Michael and Valerie lived in White Rock and Sechelt, BC before returning to Calgary 8 years ago to be near several of their children’s families. In retirement, Michael and Valerie were proud parents to many Yorkshire terriers, travelled frequently to Mexico, and enjoyed reading and spending time with family.
The family is grateful to the staff in Unit 68, South Calgary Health Campus and to Dr. Max Al-Aqel for their care and kindness. Thanks also to the palliative team, especially Dr. Matt, for their attentiveness and help.
In living memory of Michael How, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road SE, Calgary, Ab t2x 3j3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.