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With his children by his side, Howard passed away peacefully at the Northumberland Hills Hospital on Saturday January 8th, 2022. Throughout his life, Howard enjoyed being a jack-of-all-trades: fixing typewriters, being a union rep, shipper and receiver, as well as a commercial cleaner. He was born in Peterborough, and despite living most of his life in Toronto, always held a strong connection with his hometown. He was a city boy but a country man at heart. He loved spending evenings at home watching the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors along with his many favourite TV shows. He loved being outdoors in the summer, tending to his garden, having barbecues, and going to the beach. Above all, Howard loved spending time with his family and the many pets his adored wife Pat would bring home. He enjoyed listening to music, doing crossword puzzles and taking his two cats for a walk every evening. Together, he and Pat raised their 3 children. It wasn’t always easy, but they did it together. Everyone who met them knew them as “Howard and Pat”, the dynamic duo. With her at the time of her passing, Howard could not wait to one day be reunited with his Patricia, the love of his life.
Howard was a loving husband to the late Patricia Mayock (Née Wile) for 37 years. Adoring father to Christopher Wile (Gertrude), Jamie Mayock (Varsha), Amanda Mayock, and his beloved cats Munchkin and Fire. Treasured Grandpa to Morgan Garbe and Josiah Wile. Loving son of the late Francis and Della Mayock (née Hickey). Cherished brother of John Mayock (Ria) and the late Elizabeth Ann Mayock. Son-in-law of the late Wiley and Madeline Wile. Dearest brother-in-law to Marlene Gaetz (Jim) and Tracy Wile (Raymond). Admired uncle of many nieces, nephews, and their families.
He will always be remembered as the quiet man who loved his family and would go to the ends of the earth to prove it. Behind closed doors, he had a sense of humour that always made you smile and a never-ending appetite at the dinner table. He will be forever remembered as the best Husband, Dad, and Grandpa.
Our family would like to send many thanks to the Northumberland Hills Hospital Emergency Department, specifically the nurses and doctors who treated Howard as if he were their own father.
Anyone wishing to donate on his behalf is asked to please do so to the Toronto Humane Society or any local cat rescue of your choosing, for his love for his cats will be forever remembered.