It is with profound sadness that we announce that on the morning of December 30, 2023, Mrs. Fay Olwen Howard (nee Smith), originally of Jamaica, West Indies and recently of Candiac, Quebec, passed away peacefully in hospital after a long and courageous battle with illness.
Fay is survived by her beloved husband of almost 60 years, Arthur Earle; her adoring children Philip (Haden), David (Sophia), and Adam (Cheryl); sister and best friend, Hilma (Ian); loving grandchildren Adrian (Dian), Aleah, and Lauren; stepson Jerry; brothers and sisters-in law, cousins, nieces and nephews, and many friends.
Fay was predeceased by her parents, Kenneth and Hyacinth Smith; her grandson, Asher; and her niece, Debra.
Fay received a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and a postgraduate Diploma in Education from the University of the West Indies, Mona. Following her retirement, she earned a Bachelor of Theology from Christian Life School of Theology and a Master of Divinity from Central Christian University. She passed on her appreciation for educational excellence to those in her family and beyond. Fay worked for many years as an influential teacher in Brown’s Town, Jamaica. She took pride in her ability to make learning fun and engaging, and is remembered fondly by a host of her former students—many of whom have kept in touch. Fay also served as principal of St Hilda’s Diocesan High School for many years. While there, she was particularly proud of having initiated and overseen a project to construct an assembly hall which would better accommodate major school events.
Fay was a powerful woman of God and an ordained teacher at Fellowship Tabernacle in Mandeville, Jamaica. In this role, she mentored both youth and adults in the faith, and has left an indelible impact upon those who have been touched by her ministry.
In her spare time, Fay had several hobbies. She was an avid gardener, overseeing the landscaping of her home in Discovery Bay. She was also a prodigious reader, a skilled author, a sports aficionado, and in her younger years, a talented pianist. These pursuits brought her great joy, especially when shared with others.
Fay was a beloved wife, doting mother, and deeply devoted grandmother. Her husband, Earle, considered her his treasure in earthen vessel. Her sons were her greatest pride and joy. She had a close and unique relationship with each of them. As different as her sons are, she was to each of them exactly who they needed her to be, capably offering each of them the freedom to become the best versions of themselves. Her sons are indebted to her for the sacrifices of time, attention, finance, advice, and prayer that she willingly lavished upon them.
Her grandchildren adored her and each built a strong connection with her. She happily played the roles of babysitter, playmate, elocutionist, tutor, confidante, and advisor as they grew up.
The family would like to thank everyone for their love, support and prayers during this time of grief.
Visitation will take place at Voluntas Funeral Home, 4695 Boul. St-Jean, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC, H9H 2A7, on Friday January 12, 2024, from 5-8 p.m., and on Saturday January 13, 2024 from 9:30-10 a.m. at International Church, 335 Rue de Springfield, Greenfield Park, QC J4V 1X7. The celebration of life service will take place on Saturday, January 13, 2024, at 10 a.m. at International Church. The Celebration of life service will be livestreamed at this link.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Red Blood Cell Disorders Clinic, through UHN Foundation would be appreciated by the family. This is a cause that was dear to Fay’s heart. Please visit the donation page or call 416-603-5300.
“… and God Himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death, or mourning, or crying or pain, for the former things have passed away.” And the One seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’” Revelation 12:3-5.