Tributes to all rounder and community friend Howard

October 05 2018
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Last month Filtonvoice reported the sad death of Filton friend Howard Bowker. Here, the community pays tribute to a very special man

Last month Filtonvoice reported the sad death of Filton friend Howard Bowker. Here, the community pays tribute to a very special man

Howard Roy Bowker was born in Liverpool on 16 January 1954, moving to Cardiff as a youngster and attending the aptly named Howardian High School and then moving to Gloucester to start his career in banking.  
He moved to Filton before leaving NatWest, after working in several of their Bristol branches, to work on the second Severn Crossing, after which he retired.
Howard was at his happiest on the rugby pitch or on the side lines, watching anyone he knew, playing any sport.   He held the records for the Welsh Schoolboys Under 15 Triple Jump and 400 yards. Yards, not metres as he liked to point out!  His love of rugby and sport in general began in his youth playing rugby for the Cardiff schoolboys for several years before joining Thornbury Rugby Club.  Between 1978 and 2012 Howard played a remarkable 506 senior games for the club, including 110 for the First XV. He was also honorary secretary for several years, and most recently was team manager of the Third XV.
He ran his first half marathon - the Bristol Half Marathon - in 2004 with his two sons and went on to complete several more as well as several 10K races.
Howard will be remembered for many things in the local community:
• He was Chair of Governors at Charborough Road Primary school (where his sons attended) and then became Treasurer of the Friends of School for many years after the boys had left.
• He provided a voice of reason at many Filton Town Council meetings and on the Filton News and Views Facebook group  and showed interest in all local issues including being a loyal supporter of Filton Community Garden
• He was also a much valued and popular supporter and volunteer for BRACE, a local dementia research charity.
Howard was patient and content and he always tried to see both sides of an argument.  He was compassionate and quick to forgive although perhaps less forgiving when it came to being grammatically correct.  He was a stickler when it came to apostrophes and commas!
He was a man who touched many lives and many hearts.
He meant many things to many people. He was a much-loved father and brother, a loyal and true friend, a sportsman, a team player, a fanatical quizzer, a fundraiser, a man with a great sense of community - generous in spirit and in his actions.   All this was shown by the fact that it was standing room only at his funeral which was attended by people from all areas of his life. As many people said, he would have been totally humbled by so many people being there and would be absolutely livid at missing such a get together!
Howard will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Filton is a lot less bright without him.  
Coat. Hat.
Jeanne Clements