He is predeceased by the love of his life, his wife Elissa vonGunten and by his sister Henrietta Choban.
He will be remembered lovingly by his children Howard Spencer (LaVonne) Emily Steele, Janice Martin and David Spencer (Kathryn).
Predeceased by his dear grandson Jeremy, he will be greatly missed by his adoring grandchildren Robert, Janelle (Mark), Addison (Nicole), Matthew and Alison, and his great grandchildren Hannah, Jack, Addison and Jaylee.
Howard was born and raised in Roaring Branch by his parents Addison and Melvina.
A devout Seventh Day Adventist his entire life, he attended the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Canton, Pennsylvania and College Park Seventh Day Adventist Church in Oshawa, Ontario.
During World War II he served in the US military tending to the wounded aboard hospital ships from England, Italy and the Philippines.
After the war he returned to his beloved Pennsylvania to raise four children with his wife Elissa. He worked at JP Ward Foundry for 35 years toiling by day and growing most of their food in the family’s garden – whereby gardening became a pursuit he enjoyed into his later years. Upon retirement, at the age of 63 Howard joined a tree planting crew, planting trees in the southern US for seven seasons alongside men half his age.
Eventually he and Elissa relocated to Oshawa, to be near family. Howard remained thankful for everyone and everything in his life until the very end. He will always remain a hero to his family, not for his worldly pursuits but for his kind heart and innate ability to always put others before himself. In accordance with his wishes, Howard will be cremated.
A memorial celebration of his life will take place July 23. Memorial donations can be made to Lakeridge Health Foundation (Dialysis) www.lakeridgehealth.on.ca