Howard Partington

Fred Langan  

Howard Partington, who has died at the age of 87, was a long-time resident of Knowlton who, for many years, ran Stoneleath Kennel in West Brome with his wife, Diane. 

Howard was born in England in 1936 and apprenticed in the engineering field. After serving in the Royal Air Force, Howard came to Canada in his mid-20s. He and Diane met in 1972 and married the following year. Howard worked for many years for IBM, and he and Diane came to this part of the world when he was transferred to the IBM plant in Bromont. 

Howard and Diane were best known for operating their kennel and breeding pedigree dogs: Clumber Spaniels and Golden Retrievers. They travelled to dog shows in Canada and the United States, and one Golden Retriever was a renowned champion. “Teddy was the top stud dog in Canada for five years, and we had many other champions. Too many to even mention,” said Diane. 

Howard was active with the Lion’s Club in Knowlton and was an enthusiastic golfer and curler. 

“Those who knew Howard knew that he had a great sense of humour, was smart, compassionate and kind. Howard was a strong, quiet man who loved fine woodworking and making furniture,” said his family. Howard was diagnosed with brain cancer two years ago, and he and Diane moved to Burlington, Ontario, to be closer to family. He died on February 14, 2023. 

There will be a celebration of life for Howard on Saturday, May 13, at 2 p.m. at the Sutton Curling Club.