August 9, 1929 – Nelson, BC
August 5, 2013 – Calgary, AB
Howie Desireau, beloved husband of Hester Ann Desireau (Lawrence) of Calgary, passed away peacefully after a twenty-five year battle with cancer on Monday, August 5, 2013 at the age of 83 years.
Howie is survived by and will be lovingly remembered by his wife Hester to whom he was married to for sixty-three years; sons Howie (Janet) and Dean; and grandchildren, Marcus, Carmela, Sword and Jewel. He was predeceased by his grandson Stone.
Howie worked his entire professional career in the drafting department at Gulf Oil in Calgary, and retired as the Chief Draftsman after forty years of service. He loved the outdoors, and was a renowned cartridge collector, year round fisherman, hunter and conservationist.
His passion for the outdoors led him to become a co-founder of the Alberta Arms and Cartridge Collectors Association (AACCA) in 1962 to bring people together with an interest in arms, cartridges, militaria, and related artifacts. This organization continues to thrive and will live on to help others share similar passions.
A Celebration of Howie’s life will be held in a private ceremony with family. Forward condolences through the website: www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, 2888 Shaganappi Trail N.W., Calgary, AB T3B 6A8, Telephone: (403) 955-8818. Howie’s family would like to sincerely thank Dr. Wilkin for his years of excellent medical support.
In living memory of Howie Desireau, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.Print This Obituary & Condolences