Howard Nevinger

Sep 7th 1942 — Apr 2nd 2022 (79 years)

Biography

HOWARD A. NEVINGER

September 07, 1942 to April 02, 2022

Passed away peacefully after his final duel with cancer.

He is survived by his loving, supportive and devoted wife Susan (nee Laidley) and her children and spouses. Robert Allan (Ashley Moison) Maggie Allan (Josh Bearss).

Forever and always Loved by his four children and spouses. Kim Vandervoot (Mike)

Lynn Rose (Keith) Dean Nevinger. Their Mother, Evelyn Patterson (nee Lamb) predeceased.(Wes.)

Carrie Martin (Will) Mother, Judy Aubrey (nee Morris) (Ed)

Son to Dean and Helen Nevinger (nee Shisler) of Fort Erie Ontario. Both predeceased. Brother to Bob (Maryann, nee Driver) predeceased. Deanna (Bob Biller) predeceased.

Doug (Lois, nee Jackson) predeceased.

Brother-in-law to Ed Laidley (Mary) Karen Linley (Don) Shane Laidley (Beryl) Earl Laidley (Rae)

Howard was Grandpa Nevi, Grandpa Bite, Grandpa Darlin’ and Grandpa OhOh to 14 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Plus more including those through his step children Marc Claveau ( Monica Bobiak) Kim Long (Rob) Mother, Gloria Prentice ( nee Tucker) (Jim)

Uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Howard was a kind, happy, positive, Live in the moment, get ‘er done type of man who lived with quiet faith. He was recognized and well known for his infectious laugh. Self taught and motivated he was very proud of the time he spent in the Congo as a peace keeper with the armed forces.

In Fort Erie Ontario he worked in his fathers lumber yard, became a roofer then started his own roofing company. That led to becoming a builder/contractor and business man. Howard had numerous other businesses including some wholesale gift and import companies. He experienced life long friendships through his work.

He was very proud to become the keeper of “Nevinger’s Pond” in Fort Erie and enjoyed his geese and ducks. Howard had a gift of making people feel special.

At the core though he was an outdoorsman, nature lover, wood cutter and fisherman. He excelled at sharing his knowledge and teaching others. These last 20 years on Manitoulin Island have provided deep Love, Joy and Contentment. He enjoyed travelling from coast to coast in our country and visited almost every continent. He savoured simple pleasures such as music, watching sunsets, being in his boat, fishing, making kindling and above all else, sharing these joys with his wife, kids, family, friends and neighbours.

There will be two celebrations of his life. One in Southern Ontario and one on Manitoulin Island. Dates to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, and if you desire to make a donation, he requests it for the March of Dimes. This organization helped his family when he had polio as a young child and he has never forgotten their support. But in his own words “to honour me... go fishing!”

https://marchofdimes.akaraisin.com/ui/MODCDonationEN/donations/start

Notes of Condolences about Howard

Larry Swalm

6 months ago

Howard was my first boss in building construction. I took the job on a whim and never regretted being part of his team. He once asked me “do you know how to roof?” and then proceeded to teach me how to shingle a roof. We went up and down the streets of Niagara Falls; Howard would help me start the roof and then would go down the street selling the next job. Later on he would return and help me with the ridge caps and clean up. Howard's motto (and I've quoted him many times since) was: “Do something, even if it's wrong”...a work ethic I've tried to emulate since. Howard was unknowingly instrumental is hooking me up with my wife of 39 years “I don't know what her name is Swammy...but she's in love with you”. And his unique infectious laugh. What a guy. Rest in Peace my friend.

Gary and Cathy clackett

8 months ago

Howard was a remarkable man.

As he walked his many paths on his earthly home he touched the hearts of so many. His love of life went beyond all limits. His jovial spirit abounded and his generous soul and kindness were part of his very essence. His bravery profound.

There is no doubt he has taken these virtues to his heavenly home and he has already touched hearts and souls there.

Gary and I did not know Howard well but we knew of him through mutual friends and our occasional visit with him and Susan.

In our moments of reflection and thoughts of Howard we will remember fondly his boisterous laughter and dynamic personality. His devotion to and love for Susan was beyond measure. His love for family and friends boundless.

We offer our sincerest condolences to Susan , family and friends.

He truly was a man among men!

Diane Hogan - Calgary, AB

8 months ago

I am Susan’s cousin and best friend.

It is with great pleasure that I can say that Susan and Howard met through me - kinda sorta.

I dragged Susan to a gift show in North Bay many years ago and that is where we met Howard where he was a vendor. He was immediately smitten with Susan (and who wouldn’t be?)

Life events were happening for both of them at that time but Howard quietly and respectively wooed Susan for years following that meeting and eventually they became a couple and then of course husband and wife. There was no way he was going to catch and release this one.

Now, about that wedding. When Susan asked myself and my husband Mike to be their witnesses at their Vegas wedding, we were “All shook up” as Elvis would say. Not because they were getting married but the fact that it was in Vegas, and these two nature loving, non neon lights and non hustle and bustle pair chose an Elvis Chapel wedding was a shock to say the least.

Anyway, off we went and it was absolutely perfect and corny and fun and we laughed a lot and had a ball.

The day after the wedding, we all decided to take a Grand Canyon helicopter excursion. Unfortunately there were only two seats available and since Mike and Susan were the most excited to go, Howard and I graciously declined and stayed back and off to the canyon went Susan and Mike.

When the pilot asked where they were from etc. , Susan mentioned she was on her honeymoon. Of course the pilot congratulated her and Mike on their marriage ( assuming they were a couple) and a flabbergasted Susan said no, no, no this isn’t my husband. I am sure the pilot was confused but then again, it is Vegas and we all know what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas and the pilot probably wasn’t too surprised to hear what he just heard.

I could make this long story longer but let’s just say Howard was dubbed “Howie Wowie” on this Vegas trip by none other than an almost real Marilyn Monroe but you will have to ask Susan about that story.

I will close by saying

Howard has lived up to that nick name in every possible way, he Wowed me constantly with his personality and stellar character and devotion to Susan, he was truly a special man and will be forever remembered by many and the memories he has left will be treasured forever.


I am so glad to have met you Howard Nevinger

You are one of the best. May you Rest In Peace my friend.


Barbara Nevinger

8 months ago

Distance was a barrier for you to be part of our daily life, how ever a phone call was always so near.

Where should I begin? Lets start on my memory when Merissa was nearly born and you came to our home with the largest white teddy bear for her and then said lets go shopping.

You had asked what do we need for her. This is when we found out she was lactose intolerance and had to drink soy milk. Not wanting Brock to feel left out you slipped him a few bucks. I used to dread the drive to little current but you would say its worth it you all should move here, I would say noway I love the city, now look Im living in Country life, with so much beauty around me.

I guess you have the last laugh on that one. Your jokes always made me laugh with that victoius laugh. I looked forward to visiting you again but not just you it was with Susan aswell, your biggest catch ever.

Thanks for the quality of loveing life you gave to my ex husband and our children.

You will always be a special hero to so many people especially with your son Dean.

Lots of fond memories in the boat house.

Seeing Brock ride around in that fishing boat for hours, must of cost a fortune in fuel, but you never seemed to worry about that.

My best memory was almost winning the biggest catch (Salmon) and then you had to prove you could get the bigger one.

The best is when you and Dean hooked on to the same fish and you both thought you were getting the big one haha same fish

Thank you for all of that and then some

Ex daughter inlaw

Cheers Howie 🍻


Robert & Phyllis Cacciotti

8 months ago

I have read all the posts and they all tell the story of a beautiful, kind, true to himself, joyous man who had an unquenchable zest for life and people! It doesn't matter how or where someone met Howard, he became embedded in their hearts. He certainly stuck in ours. Just one story, I had lost my beloved 16 year-old dog a few months prior and when he came to visit us, he asked me how I was doing without her. No one else asked me that. It so touched my heart that he would think of my sorrow.

So now, we sorrow and grieve the loss of this larger-than-life man. We grieve with our beloved Susan who stood by his side during all their adventures, trials, joys and small moments. We grieve with all of the family. I am mad he is gone!

We hope to honour his memory this summer when we get our pontoon boat out. We are not fishermen but we'll throw a line in the water and hope for the best. We will never forget when Susan and Howard took us out to their special island for hotdogs, drinks, snacks, swimming, collecting rocks, etc. Susan and I noticed the sky getting very dark and we decided we had better get back. We were out in the middle of big water when the thunder, lightning, wind and rain started. I have such a clear memory of Howard driving the boat and the rain whipping in his face to the point where he could almost not see. Susan and I were holding hands (we were kind of scared) but I told them I had never felt so alive! We got home safely. What a blast!!

Howard, I hope wherever you are, you are speeding across smooth water with the wind and sun in your face and the love of so many people surrounding you . . . and a few good fish in the live well. We will love you always 💕

Martin Musson

8 months ago

Our whole family loved having Howard as a neighbor. He was positive, cheerful, , kind, generous and always willing to help in any way he could. Never short of advice. A great guy to fish with and always willing to lend you his chain saw. He leaves a hole in our neighborhood.

Sarah Goodwin

8 months ago

To many he was Howard, or Howie. To me he was Grandpa Bite. . This is becuase he used to give us treats from his gun room drawer at the old estate on Benner rd. We all knew his contagious laugh. I love the way he called me "darlin" and the skills he taught me (good and bad 😅) I will always treasure. I love the way he pushed me to do better at all things handy will forever be in my blood. I will always remeber that time he took me on a roof to frame in the old sky light at your neibours house, or the time he handed me a sawsall when I have never held one before and told me to cut the studs of a new wall in the bunkie so you could fit the shower in (poor planning on his part 😅 but I got to learn a new skill that day). I remember white club house you had at benner rd that Matt and I always played it when we were not feeding the ducks with him at nevinger pond. I remember his smell. It was like a strong hug on a cold day. I remember the old roll top that sat in the front room of his shop building and hiding underneath it while he made phone calls. I remember his raunchy jokes that I knew were inappropriate by my moms face when I was young. I remember when he met "Suzie" and the joy he always had talking about her. And later we all learned why, (she's amazing). His love for fishing, and for your "kids" aka the Siegels that came and ate the fish guts while you fileted them. Our hikes on the island were always fun, even tho Susan always knew where we were and you just followed along. And lastly, that he has ALWAYS told me when I asked how old he was, that he were as old as dirt. And when you turned 60 I was shocked at how young he was! Dirt is WAY older then that!

Marguerite Pettigrew & Brad Hatch

8 months ago

I had to pleasure of meeting this most charismatic gentleman with a twinkle in his eyes ten years ago at a trade show with my child hood friend and most beautiful friend Susan.

He had me at Hello🤗.

A man that really wanted to hear what I had to say even though he was packing up from a long show .

Brad and I had the pleasure of staying at their water front bunkie for a couple times in the summer.

Camp fires and endless chatting about life’s experiences… then the four of us went fishing and touring the channel and a splendid picnic on a beach.

That year Howard had not had much luck catching fish.

We had a bite and asked me to reel it in, I was so nervous of losing the fish on the line I begged him to reel it in for me.

He did and took a photo of me saying I caught the fish… I now have a fish story that brings me so much joy.

A gentleman to say the least…

I hope there is lobster in heaven Howard🤗

May there be comfort in knowing that someone so special will never be forgotten.

Our sincerest condolences in the loss of this lovely gentleman that loved Manitoulin as much as we do.

Marguerite Pettigrew & Brad Hatch


Sandy and Glen

8 months ago

A very special man is gone today but leaves behind the values we should all live by. Kindness, laughter, friendship, love he taught us all the true values of life. May you Rest In Peace and know we will never forget you. Our great friend and thanks for all you have blessed us with. The boys

Maggie Allan

8 months ago

My step father Howard was a big part of our family and my life for 22 years. We shared many adventures including a surprise engagement proposal for my mom in Atlanta, and traveling out west together. Laughter was always near when Howard was with you. We shared many laughs during competitive card games, and enjoyed countless boat trips to “The Rock”for fish fry’s or collecting beautiful rocks to add to our collections. All of these memories hold a special place in my heart. I cannot think of Howard, without picturing him driving his boat lost in his own contentment and joy of being in his happy place.


Howe and my mom were lucky enough to travel to many far off places around the world together, but their true home and mutual love was sharing the natural beauty of Manitoulin. For it was on the island that they cherished their morning coffees together while watching the ducks swim by, or jumping in their boat to explore new wonders around them, and they always made it a point to take in the stunning sunsets on the lake in each others company.


Howard’s laugh was contagious, and stood out to anyone who met him. I will never be able to listen to Louis Armstrong playing without thinking of him and how he could belt it out and sound so much like the Great Satchmo. Howard also fully believed (just like the Whitney Houston song that he adored) that the greatest love of all, was to learn to love yourself before you could truly love others. I know Howard ultimately achieved this in his life. But I also know how much he loved my mom with all his heart, his family, and us too.


I truly hope that wherever you are now Howe that you are in peace, and of course, that you are fishing on the lake as you loved most of all. We will miss and love you always, as “that’s the way it is.”❤️





Kim Nevinger

8 months ago

Driving in the car with the music turned up and Dad singing so loud! Back in the day there were 3 songs that seemed to be on a loop that he sang, "In the ghetto" ( taught us to be aware of injustices), "Bye bye Miss American Pie" ( fun to belt out the chorus ) and "It's a wonderful world" because although there were ups and downs "it was a wonderful life" said my Dad near the end

Joanne Morello

8 months ago

Howard Nevinger. You larger-than-life son of a gun!


I found myself laughing through my tears, processing the fact that your journey on earth has ended. I know you had a special place in my father "Naldi's" journey, as one of his best friends in Fort Erie. You could make my Dad (& everyone else) laugh-out-loud, and it made me happy just to hear your boisterous (infectious) laughter!


Dad LOVED helping you with the craft shows, and when my two eldest sons were wee babes, adored going to the pond to feed "Howard's Ducks".


You helped us when my Mom passed away, lending us one of your trucks, so we could move her belongings from Toronto to Fort Erie, and wanted nothing in return. (again, Thank You.)


One of my favourite memories of you and Dad, is your "garlic olives". Hahahaha! Every single time I think about that it makes me laugh. Dad HATED the smell of those olives! He say to me with his nose all wrinkled up, "You can smell those things all through the damn house - they STINK!" (and he was right too, as soon as you walked through the front door, they'd hit ya) But I loved them as much as Howard did, so it didn't bother me in the least... as a matter of fact, I'd head straight for the fridge and grab a few for myself! Deee-lish-ee-ous!!!

Since then (and forever more) Garlic Olives=Howard. LOL!


Howard, there are MANY who will miss you, and I'm sure they too can't help but smile through their tears. May you eternally rest in peace, thank you for being you, and for being part of my journey too!


Sending all your family and friends my deepest condolences, biggest warm & fuzzy hugs, and prayers for comfort and strength. xox J. Morello


O Lord, we call upon You in our time of sorrow, please give us the strength and will to bear our heavy burdens, until we can again feel the warmth and love of Your divine compassion. Be mindful of us and have mercy on us while we struggle to comprehend life's hardships. Amen.

Anne Slaght

8 months ago

My sincere condolences to Susan Robert and Maggie and the Nevinger family.

Howard was a unique and special man his love of life, helping people in need. Always had a positive attitude no matter what was going on in his life. His laughter the twinkle in his eye his wonderful smile always made me feel special. Unfortunately we never got that fishing trip in every time we tried it was too windy.

I have many special memories of you and your wife Susan, (the love of your life)well always bring a smile to me.

Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure. You were loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.

“Your Special”. Howard.❤️

To my dear friend Susan and family.

With Love and hugs.

Anne Slaght❤️

Don and Karen Linley

8 months ago

So many memories and all of them good. Howard was a man of many talents and activities. He became a cherished part of our family. Always ready to add a helping hand. He was a true soul mate to Susan, true father to his own family and even more a true grandfather and great grandfather to both sides.. He was a friend and intricate part of Susan-s family. We all have memories that are dear to us. The neighbours are going to miss all the kindling. Rest in peace Howard, enjoy the fishing and boating. Remember the fish drys, the bonfires on the beach and watching the sunsets from your home and docks..I know the rest of us are also remembering those moments. Condolences to everyone who knew Howard, thank you to everyone who made his last few days comfortable. Susan you are best.

Kim Haight

8 months ago

His infectious, booming laughter drowned out the sleepy elevator music playing overhead. This was my first time exhibiting at a wholesale trade show thirty years ago. To be accepted to sell your wares was no small feat. The board of director's ran a tight and serious ship. All welcomed exhibitors followed suit. Apparently not this guy. What a surprise to hear his incredible laugh amongst such stuffy seriousness. For sure he would be asked not to return. Lol His booth was below the mezzanine we were located in. As the week progressed his mint throwing to us a floor above was 10 for 10 and so was our friendship.


This a was also Howard's first show. He wasn't asked to leave and not so long after he sat on the board of directors.


We sold afghans at craft shows..filled my store with ruffled curtains, became my Canadian distributor and found Willow House a U.S. distributor, introduced me to my accounted/friend of 25 years, loaned me his brand new passenger van and told me to take my family on our first holiday together. (Didn't even mind that I returned it with a small/ginormous dent in it.)


Howard continued to share and show me over the next thirty years that life should be filled with...


Laughter, trust, love, music, nature, faith , travel, kindness, family, friendship, passion, forgiveness, adventure, risk and above all else being true and loving to yourself.


I will miss you here my friend and will hold your lessons tight. I am a better person for knowing you. See you on the flip side.


Sending big squishy hugs and love to his family and friends.


P.s. Without you I would never have met your loving partner in shenanigans. My friend. Susan. You were blessed.


Xo

Randy Dedman

8 months ago

I have many memories of Howard since becoming his neighbour in 2017.

He was always willing to lend me a helping hand whether it was putting our dock in, working on our shed or helping me with firewood at our Greenbush property. He and I would always speak frankly with each other including his cancer diagnosis which he faced with great bravery.

One awesome memory I have of him was when he took my two kids fishing and let them drive his boat. We have photos of the kids each driving and they were so excited when they got back home…they talked about it for days.

He was not only a neighbour and a friend but he was truly like family .

He will be greatly missed by us all.

Randy, Devon,Jordanna,Morgan and Mason

Lynn Nevinger Rose

8 months ago

Every year on the last week of the summer we would head to the island to spend the week with Dad and Susan. We had such great times and made such wonderful memories. It always ended with a meal of egg’s Benedict for either breakfast the last morning, or dinner the last night. Dad really enjoyed them.

Kathleen Levere (Kinsman)

8 months ago

Remember skating on your pond until we were frost bitten. RIP Howard

Johnny Leclair

8 months ago

Howard a true man who loved my cousin Susan so much . He made a promise To pick my mom up . Same place he was going . Mad at him but forgave him . All the family Wish them sorry ness . Especially Susan my Cousin From the island of north . 😇😇😇

Tara Elizabeth Bernatchez

8 months ago

I remember a sweet, kind man filled with love and friendship. I will always be thankful he dropped something off to me when I needed it most. It was from Susan and himself and I still have it in my garden. You will be missed

Matthew Vandervoet

8 months ago

Coming out of college the bunkey was a refuge for myself and my college friends. We used these annual trips to Manatoulin to grow closer together, and as we grew closer as friends we grew closer with Grandpa, our jovial host.


Putting in the dock as a team every year was no easy feat, as the water was still frigid. Fortunately, Grandpa knew that the best way to thaw someone out was with spiced rum!


We all have some excellent memories of boating, shooting and relaxing on the dock. I was never much of a fish person, but we did have some great steak dinners! (he needed his quite rare, but we didn't hold it against him)


Eventually, as life changed so too did our traditions, but those early summers at Grandpa's house are cherished memories we will all carry forward.

Glen Cox

8 months ago

So many great memories and great times together.thanks for all you showed me and taught me throughout the years of working for you .you were one of a kind Howard but I always respected you.i travelled all over Canada and the US setting up the trade shows.you will be missed by many.RIP Howard my deepest condolences to all the family

Jessica nevinger

8 months ago

You will be so missed grandpa and forever loved I will remember the walking and hiking trips with u and grandma I will remember the fishing trips boating going for picnics you letting us drive your boat of course with your help! You were an amazing man and I will always continue to keep your name and all the memories alive!


Lots love xoxo

Kim Marshall

8 months ago

So many very special memories. Today the one that is forefront in my heart is your walking down our driveway to propose a dream we didn’t think was possible. I believe meeting Howard and “his beautiful special wife” his words:) was the biggest blessing of all our blessings since we moved to Manitoulin Island a little over seven years ago.

It was like he knew our hearts and potential immediately. A man who refused to see what we couldn’t accomplish, only what we could. With encouragement, guidance and love they took us under their wings. I know he is with his Lord and The Lord is saying…well done my good and faithful servant.❤️

Earth will never be the same without you Howard, with all our love we miss you, and thank you for believing in us🥰

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