GODDARD – Howard James

Dad passed away on October 25, 2009, at Ridge Meadows Hospital, Maple Ridge, BC. He was born October 8, 1925 in Burnaby, BC. His family returned to England where he eventually met and married the love of his life, Doris (Dot). Dad was a veteran of WWII and in past years took great pride as a surviving Veteran, and member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 88. Upon returning to Canada with their two sons, Dad and Mom settled in Ajax, Ontario, and had their two daughters. Dad was a lifelong member of the Ajax Kinsmen Club and spent many years involved in community work. Eventually relocating, twice in fact, to Maple Ridge, BC, Dad continued his life long work with Sales in the automotive industry. In fact, he worked at Lordco until the age of 80! Family meant everything to dad and he leaves behind a legacy of love. He is predeceased by his beloved Doris, youngest son Brian, siblings, Arthur, Frank, and Christine. Mourning our loss, but joyful for his peace are his devoted children, Al (Bonnie), Sue (Rob), Nancy (Mark) & daughter in heart, Shoon. He was so proud of his 9 grandchildren. “Pops” is being dearly missed by Braden. “GGG’s” legacy will also continue in the hearts of his 18 great-grandchildren. Dad is also survived by his baby sister June, brother-in-laws George and Frank, sisters-in-law, Margarets and Mary, and numerous nephews & nieces. The family ‘Patriarch’ has made his last phone call!

The family wishes to acknowledge the extraordinary care Dad received during the last few days of his life at Ridge Meadows Hospital. There truly are angels walking among us! Special thanks to the ambulance crew! Celebration of Life will be on Friday, October 30 at 1:00pm at Garden Hill Funeral Chapel 11765 224th St., Maple Ridge. Dad may be honoured and remembered with donations to the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation and/or Royal Canadian Legion Branch #88, Maple Ridge. We find comfort in knowing that Dad is reunited with Mom and Brian. Enjoy the dance with Mom and have you got your Tee Time booked?

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