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Surrounded by his family, it is with great sadness that they announce the passing of Howard Heimo Ilkka Honka, 74, of Fort Frances, Ont., on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2012 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Howard was born July 8, 1937 in Port Arthur, Ont.

He had worked as a technician for Bell Canada for more than 37 years. He also was a volunteer firefighter with the Watten Township Fire Department in his earlier years and a Boy Scout leader.

He enjoyed reading, especially Finnish history, and researching information on the computer. He loved music and dancing, as well as woodworking.

He also had a passion for going into the bush and cutting wood.

Left to cherish his memory is his spouse of 14 years, Eileen, and his three children, Howie (Tamara) of Trenton, Ont. and their children, Jack and Ava, Heather (Mark) Bougie of Menomonee Falls, Wis. and their children, Noah and Noelle, and Joanne (Marty) Willer of Green Bay, Wis. and their children, Joe and Nick.

Also surviving are two sisters, Sharon Badanai of Thunder Bay, Ont. and Helen (Gerry) Rhodes of Nipigon, Ont.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Howard’s life will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of the Holy Spirit (824 Victoria Ave.) in Fort Frances, with Revs. Garth and Diane Clifford officiating.

There will be an opportunity to share your memories during the service.

In memoriam donations may be made to the Canadian Lung Association c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.

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