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  1. That was the most touching ceremony No No, Weens, & Zoo!

    I am so sorry I could not be there in person – COVID sucks… but I loved joining the celebration of John’s life from my home in Brooklyn, NY. Those pics were tremendous – so many great memories. That John was such a clown… in the best possible way. He and you are all are in my thoughts and well wishes. Here for anything you need.

    Love Brett, Lisa, Anna, and Luke

  2. Dear Noelle and family,

    Thank you for sharing John’s beautiful farewell service and reflections of a wonderful
    life well lived with those of us who were unable to attend today.

    Such a well loved man throughout his life, full of love and gentleness for everyone and
    always with that wonderful smile and sense of humour, going back to Torquay days and
    the years that followed and more recently at The National.

    Please accept our condolences on this very sad occasion.

    With love.
    Brian and Helen Blythe

  3. Dear Noelle,
    You have been in my thoughts. I was so moved watching the recorded service for John this morning before breakfast. What a lovely man he was and I know how you and the rest of the family will miss him.
    I, too, knew him at Monash and remember him well. His smile in every photo of your wonderful photo essay epitomised his warmth, intelligence, kindness and easy good humour. That spirit will stay with you forever.
    You all spoke so well and the girls’ tributes to the stable, loving world you andJohn created were fine indeed.
    Ian and I send our love. Julie Reid.

  4. Dear Noelle,

    Our sincere condolences to you and all your family.
    A beautiful tribute to John, a thorough gentleman and a life well lived.
    He will be sadly missed.

    Kevin & Catherine Jones.

  5. A true gentleman, a fine family man who is admired and valued by all.
    Catters always
    Rest In Peace
    Thinking of you Noelle
    Chris, Nat Howell Xx

  6. Dear Noelle, we watched the video service this morning and it was beautiful. You and your daughters all spoke so well and we learned so much about John and his life and loves. The burial service this afternoon was also very moving and the whole day was a great tribute to John and his family. It was our first funeral service via Zoom and, to our surprise, we found it a wonderful way to take part in everything and what’s more, we could hear every word! Lots of love, Joc and Andy McLeish

  7. Dear No No, Julia and Edwina. What a wonderful send off to your beloved Johnno. I was with you in spirit today. Gone, but not forgotten. Such fond memories of our Wood City times together.
    All my love, Shan xxx

  8. I have the fondest memories of meeting John and spending time with he and Noelle at their home when I would visit their youngest daughter, Edwina. The Howell home was always warm and welcoming and felt exactly as ‘home’ should feel.

    I knew him as Edwina’s Dad, which he was just so good at being. When he and Noelle travelled to East Timor to visit Eddie, I stole a much-needed ‘Dad-hug’ from him, which he bestowed with gusto and well-practiced expertise. Edwina is one of the great gifts of my life, and I am so grateful to John and Noelle for bringing her up into the person she is.

    Watching this wonderful funeral service from afar (how wonderful to be able to!), made me recall the saying: “Tell me what you love, and I will tell you who you are.” The kind, curious, generous, adventurous, fun-filled man that John was, is reflected in the many people who enriched his life, as he enriched theirs.

    Our deepest condolences to them all.

    Marika and Jo

  9. Dear Noelle, Julia and Edwina,
    Sorry I couldn’t be there in person today. It was a beautiful ceremony to watch and your lovely words about John as a husband, father and Pop we’re very special.
    He was a very kind caring and genuine person who will forever be remembered.
    I will forever have fond memories of him.
    Love to you all
    Sally Higgins

  10. we were with you in spirit today online.
    a beautiful service.
    we loved the happy historic life snaps of Noelle,John, Julia and Edwina…along with all the extended family and career and travel shots etc etc.
    Condolences to you all on a great loss to a wonderful loving man – and my cousin.
    Elaine (Howell) and David (Lyons)

  11. What a beautiful service you gave for John. What a wonderful man he is. He will be dearly missed by us all. Much love to you all & thanks for making it possible for everyone who couldn’t make it to be there too. Lots of love – Ed Andrews and family xxx

  12. Dearest Noelle, Ed, Jules and family – my heart goes out to you all. What a huge loss. John was such a warm, gracious, generous human being who brought out the best in life and in everyone around him. I’ll be forever grateful to have had him in my life and to have been a part of your family. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this beautiful service from afar. (Those photos – fantastic! Talk about a life well lived.) Kia kaha. Wishing you strength in these difficult times, and sending so much love to you all, Lucy xx

  13. Hi Howells,

    You certainly did macco man proud today- what a stunning service.
    And Eddie- what an incredible occasion to share with him today- congratulations!!!!

    Love you all so much and can’t wait to see you soon xxxx

  14. It was our privilege to participate in the live streaming of the thanksgiving service for John. It was a wonderful tribute to his life well lived.
    Please accept our sincere condolences to you Noelle, Julia, Edwina and all John’s family.
    Janette and Bruce Nation

  15. A very beautiful service.

    Our sincerest condolences from all at YMCA Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre where John and Noelle were regular swimmers.

  16. Thank you for allowing us to view a beautiful and fitting service for as decent a gentleman you could ever wish to meet. Brilliantly spoken Noelle, Rosemary, Mac, Julia and Edwina.
    Farewell Chooka.
    Roger and Helen

  17. My heart gives thanks for this wonderful man, my friend & mentor. My heart also goes out to all his family & friends who will miss him so much. God bless John.

  18. Dear Noelle,

    We so appreciated being able to share in the service this morning — a wonderful tribute to so many aspects of his long life.

    We’ll be with you at Flinders this afternoon.

    Ian and Susie Vaughan

  19. Noelle we were sorry we could not be there at Springvale but we thought it was a wonderful service and a great farewell for John

  20. Thank you Noelle, for enabling the live streaming. I felt very closely connected to the service, and to you and your family. The photos recalled so many happy times, stretching over the decades.

    Loving warmest wishes, Noelle

  21. We feel privileged to have been able to share in the memorial service for John “Chooka” by live streaming. Our condolences to John’s extended family.

  22. Dear Noelle and family,
    Peter and I send our love and condolences to you all. Your wonderful service did John proud.

  23. Thank you for sharing John’s beautiful service with those of us who couldn’t be there in person. I was grateful to be able to pay my respects to a lovely neighbour who has been so kind to my family. Thank you John and rest in peace.

  24. Dear Family,

    Wishing so much I could be there to see you all and share memories of Uncle John. It’s a very strange thing watching this from afar but I wanted to say thankyou for everyone who spoke so beautifully. A true hero indeed. Sending all my love and looking forward to seeing you all face to face very soon.

    Anna xoxo

  25. Nowelle I was shocked to hear of Johns sudden death.I know that it must be unimaginable what it is like for you. watching you on livestream you did a remarkable job as did others close to him
    In recent times I have not seen both of you but memories that we sheared are very vivid. John was at our wedding in London. A great night and he was his happy charming self.
    I do recall our time together at Monash. Again the memories are of laughter, fun, and friendship.
    You have been a great partner to John and gave him the freedom to be himself. without you he would not have been able to do the things that he did and that you created in your family.
    The world is a poorer place without him .
    Take care of yourslfand your family. Grief is an unpredictable process and takes time. Love Ginta

  26. My wife and I met John at Monash University all those years ago and while did not see him thereafter we have never forgotten what an engaging and nice man he was. Intelligent, warm and thoughtful, he was an impressive person on campus. Despite the years gone by we were moved to watch the service from our home in Sydney

    Our condolences to all the family on this sad occasion but take comfort from the the many happy memories that will live on.

    Malcolm and Helen Spry

  27. Noelle and family
    I am still shocked! But I’ll never forget your John.
    As is usual during funerals, I learned a lot more about John. I am very sad, but pleased to remember all the many good times, from Monash to Flinders.
    I wish you all well…yes, I’m with you
    Hope to see you very soon.
    Loads of love
    Nich Rogers

  28. Please accept the condolences of my brother David McIntyre, myself, and our father Arthur Angus McIntyre.

    The deceased and my 92 year old father, we believe, would be either first cousins once removed or second cousins.

    John Howell’s grandmother and my father’s grandfather, Dugald McIntyre, we think, would have been siblings.

    We’d love to add John Howell’s branch of the family to our family tree and would welcome any contact from his family.

    Again, our sincerest condolences to his nearest and dearest.

    Phone number: 0412304907

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