WindsorStarFrame copyLarge: W. Howard passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at Windsor Regional Hospital at 96 years of age. Beloved husband of Margaret Westfall and the late Maxine Large (1990). Loving father of Joanne Vicary (late Bill), Patricia Stewart (Larry), Peggy Buhler (late Bill) and Margaret’s children, Cathie Westfall Hedrick (Brian), Tim Westfall (Lorri), Bill Westfall (Judy), Cindy Lucas (Rob) and Peggy Krieger (Glenn). Adored grandpa of Diane (Reid), Jason, Heather (Steve), Margaret (Ryan), Tricia (Kris), Jamie (Cathy), Katie (Dan), Andrea, Christine (Justin), Karly (Ryan), Christopher, Amy, Kai, Delaney, Aubrey and Anderson and 7 great grandchildren. Dearest brother of the late Robert (Johanna) Large and the late Jansen (late Tina) Large and brother in law of the late Anne Tobey (late Arthur) and late Walter Smart (late Mary Jane). Howard will also be remembered by his special friends Jay and Mary-Maureen Atkin and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Howard was the oldest and second-last survivor of the Essex Scottish Regiment that participated in the World War II raid on the French coast at Dieppe and remained a prisoner of war for almost four years until the war ended. He was the national president of the Prisoner of War Association, a member of the War Pensioner’s Board and one of the original founding members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 84 in Leamington. He was also a member of R.C.L. Branch 188 in Kingsville. He retired from Canada Post after many years of service. He was an avid sports fan following the Detroit Tigers, the Red Wings, Windsor Spitfires and Nascar. His family and many friends meant everything to him and his legacy lives on. Visiting at the Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre, 87 Maidstone Ave. E., Essex (519-776-4233) on Monday 7-9 pm and Tuesday 2-5 and 7-9 pm. Funeral Service to celebrate Howard’s life will be held from the funeral home on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 11 am. Royal Canadian Legion Service Tuesday 7:30 pm. Interment Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Leamington. If desired memorial donations may be made to Kingsville Historical Park Driveway Fund or the Scottish Boarderers Foundation. Family and friends are invited to share their words of comfort and remembrance at


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