Elwin Elroy Howlett

Elwin Elroy Howlett of Vernon and formerly of Coldstream, passed away peacefully, at the age of eighty-four years, at Shuswap Lake Hospital, Salmon Arm on Tuesday December 21, 2010.

Elwin was born April 4, 1926 on the family homestead at Rogers, SK and later moved to Hythe, AB where he was raised. He worked with his four brothers on the family farm and at their father’s businesses, the John Deere Dealership and the Imperial Oil Bulk Fuel Distributorship. During WW2, Elwin enlisted with the Edmonton Fusiliers, travelled on Canadian National Steamship’s Lady Rodney, and served as a telegrapher. He returned to AB and in April 1949 he married Rhoda Scott. He worked as station agent for the Northern Alberta Railroad and the Canadian Pacific Railway then bought the Imperial Oil Bulk Fuel Distributorship in Wanham, AB. Later in Edmonton he worked as a gas inspector for the City.

In 1961, Elwin bought the Vernon Shell Oil Bulk Plant and his family relocated. He enjoyed BC’s fresh food, climate and the lifestyle the Okanagan offered. He enjoyed boating at the family cabin; curling, water and downhill skiing with family and friends. Memories were created of Elwin piloting his aircraft on family flights and in 1971 he won the Western Canada Governor General’s Air Rally. He found fulfillment being a member of Vernon Search and Rescue. A sociable person, he enjoyed verbal sparring, was well-read and kept up on current events. He retired from Shell Oil early, became a licensed real estate agent, and worked for Tradeland Realty and Century 21.

Elwin will be lovingly remembered by his two children: Gina (Jeff) Jorna of Vernon and Perry Howlett, Kelowna; brother, Merlin Howlett, Kelowna; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Elwin was predeceased by his wife, Rhoda, in September 2008; his parents; brothers: Arnold, Murray, Wayne; sister-in-law Joyce and nephew Gary.

He had great respect for the Christian faith Rhoda embraced including the homeless ministry and the church in the home.

A family Graveside Service will precede a Memorial Service which will be held at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, December 30, 2010 at Paddlewheel Park Hall (7801 Okanagan Landing Road, Vernon).

Heartfelt thanks to the staff at Oakside Residence for their loving care and to Dr. Dirk Breugem and Sally, RN, at Shuswap Lake Hospital, Dr. Doug Bell, Dr. Bill Lemiski and Dr. Lee Rasmusen.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via email: vernon@myalternatives.ca

Arrangements entrusted to


Vernon 250-558-0866 & Armstrong 250-546-7237

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