Howard Philip Munford, passed away on November 15, 2020 from cancer, which he fought valiantly since 2011 , at the age of 72 years. Howard will be lovingly remembered by his wife Nancy Feagan, his son Padraig Marsh Munford (Amanda Mayhew), grandson Theodore Mayhew Marsh , and dog Philip. Howard will also be forever remembered by his extended family and dear friends .
Howard was born in Tottenham, London England on May 13, 1948. The third of four brothers to John and Rosina Munford. As a young man he formed an early and lifelong interest in competitive rowing as a distraction from living in industrial post war London. Beginning training on the River Lee, progressing to the Thames, culminating to competing in the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta.
He worked a variety of jobs until Landing a job in the prop department of the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. During these years he met and eventually married his first wife, Christine whom they had a baby boy together in 1978.
Having a desire to see the world, he traveled to Europe and the United States until moving to Alberta Canada in 1975 to work at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton. This is where he first met and worked with Mike Feagan and was introduced to the love of his life, Nancy. He would help teach new techniques in welding, upholstery, and steelwork to create magnificent set pieces.
Leaving Edmonton and working for a time at the National Theatre in Ottawa, he eventually moved to Toronto in the 80’s to work in a blossoming film and television industry that required talented prop makers for special effect departments.
Deciding to move back to England in 1991, he continued his career in the film industry working on blockbuster movies such as Judge Dredd, Lost in Space, and Star Wars the Phantom Menace. Having divorced his wife he then set off around the world, visiting Australasia, South East Asia, and The Middle East.
In the early 2000’s he settled back down again in Canada. Establishing his home in Port Colborne, Ontario, where he was welcomed by the Feagan’s as family and began working with Mike at his carpentry shop. It was here that he fell in love with Nancy Feagan, working side-by-side for 10 years and developing an everlasting friendship and finally getting married.
Howard is known by many as a talented cartoonist, storyteller, athlete, and renowned for his dry but zany English humour. In Howard’s own words: “People often thought that I had a twinkle in my eye and was a bit mischievous. But really, Nancy was the twinkle in my eye”.
A memorial service to celebrate Howards life will be held in the spring when we can convene outdoors .
Memorial donations can be made in memory of Howard to Bridges Community Health Centre .