Howe Allen Colpitts, of Colpitts Settlement, NB, passed away at the age of 88 on February 26, 2020 with family by his side. Born on July 25, 1931 in Moncton, NB, he was the son of the late Howard and Nettie (Collier) Colpitts.
Dad graduated from Moncton High School in 1949 and enjoyed a 37-year career as a Machinist with the Canadian National Railway at the Moncton CN Shops. He was an active member and caretaker of the Colpitts United Church. An avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, and gardening, Dad most of all enjoyed spending time at his woodlot sanctuary on the Beaman Road. Every spring for the past 60 years, he passionately produced maple syrup at the family sugar camp. He enjoyed fiddle music and truly appreciated the immense talent and kindness of Ivan and Vivian Hicks who performed at the sugar camp and at family gatherings. He was a devoted and proud husband, father and grandfather, traveling with Mom to watch their children and grandchildren participate in a variety of athletic and musical endeavors. In most recent years, he enjoyed watching out-of-town games online – "if it’s not too much trouble". He was a die-hard fan of Gordie Howe and the Detroit Red Wings and would rarely miss a Saturday night episode of Hockey Night in Canada.
Dad will be sadly missed by his devoted wife of 60 years Joyce (Beaman), children Allan (Lucille) of Colpitts Settlement, Mark (Kim) of Fredericton, Jill Todoschuk (Tom) of Toronto, Jane Crispo (Rob) of Ottawa, Drew of Fredericton, Jodi (Mike) of Riverview; grandchildren Brittany, Danielle and Ben Colpitts, Dayle (Maggie), Ryan, Alyson and Lauryn Colpitts, Sarah and Rebecca Todoschuk, Luke and Mark Crispo, Matt and Kate Jenkins; brother David Colpitts (Ardith), sister Isabel Constantine, brother-in-laws Doug Beaman (Dawn) and Allan Jones (Sandra); sister-in-law Joan Colpitts, as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Dad was pre-deceased by his parents, brother Dale Colpitts (Joan), sister Donna Jones (Allan), brother-in-law’s Stirling Constantine, Dale Beaman, Vincent Carr, sister-in-law Joan (Beaman) Carr.
Dad was a kind and gentle person with a great sense of humor and a smile that would warm your heart. He only saw the good in people, never wanted anything from anyone, and was only looking to give and never take. A man of few words and a multitude of good acts. He will always be our idol and mentor, and his powerful legacy will guide us forever.
A celebration of his life, very well-lived, will be announced at a later date.
Arrangements in care of Salisbury Funeral Home (506-372-4800)