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Howard “Howie” McLaren

Posted By Egan Funeral Home On December 14, 2021 @ 3:14 pm In Bolton Area,Obituaries | 28 Comments

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Peacefully, surrounded by his family, at his home, Bolton, on Monday, December 13, 2021, Howie McLaren, at the age of 81 years, beloved husband of Penny.  Loving father of Andrew and his wife Agatha McLaren, and step-father of Martin Spencer and Bradley David and his wife Nevena Spencer.  Cherished grandfather of Matthew McLaren, Andon McLaren, Angie-Lee McLaren, Bella Noelle Spencer, Mitchel Spencer, and Shawna Spencer.  Dear brother of Margaret Hinde, Veronica Corbett, Elsie Pike and predeceased by Frank McLaren, Jim McLaren, Eleanor Chapman, and Edith Earl. 

The family will receive their friends at the Egan Funeral Home, 203 Queen Street S. (Hwy. 50), Bolton (905-857-2213) on Friday, December 17 from 5 – 8 o’clock. 

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In lieu of flowers, donations to the following would be appreciated by the family Caledon Seniors Rotary Place Expansion Fund c/o Rotary Club of Bolton https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/rotary-club-of-bolton-charitable-trust/ or Caledon Community Services https://www.ccs4u.org

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Condolences for the family of “Howard “Howie” McLaren”

Condolence from Sue-Anne Chapman on December 14th, 2021 3:31 pm

Hearing the sad news of Howard’s passing I remember well his generosity and kindness he extended to everyone. May he rest in peace.

Condolence from Ron Armstrong on December 14th, 2021 4:22 pm

Dear Penny
I am so sorry to hear of Howard’s passing. He was a very special friend to me. Much more than just a very good customer. Howard had a huge HEART. I know how much he used to help out the neighbour kids with computers and such. His nickname could have been “Humble Howard” because he didn’t really want anyone to know how much he was helping others. Howard developed and significantly grew the business that he took over from his “Uncle Shorty”. Howard demanded that the work be done correctly. He was able to build a trust with all of his customers and his suppliers. He was a special man. And, Penny, he was very lucky that you came into his life when you did. You were there for him and he appreciated it. Howard will be sadly missed. Sincerely Ron and Marilyn Armstrong. Penny, I hope that I can get to the visitation but my mom had a fall and is in the hospital. I am the only family member that can visit right now.

Condolence from Charles Dolman on December 14th, 2021 5:11 pm

Dear Penny: Howard was such a kind and charitable person, always wanted to help those in need. I remember him telling me about his golf and fishing trips which he enjoyed. I will miss him dearly and am grateful to have known such a wonderful man. My condolences to you and your family.

Condolence from Glen Rescorl on December 14th, 2021 5:26 pm

Howard was a great man, a true Gentleman in life and in the Construction industry. I met Howard approx. 30 years ago and have enjoyed being in his company since. I am proud to know Howard and am thankful of his leadership. We follow by his example today.
To Penny and the McLaren Family, I’m so sorry for your loss, my heart goes out to you.
Rest in Peace my old Friend, I’ll see you on the other side.


Condolence from Judy lachance on December 14th, 2021 6:00 pm

Very sorry of your lose Penny an family
Prays with you

Condolence from MURRAY STEWART on December 14th, 2021 6:31 pm

Dear Penny and Family.
It is difficult to find the most appropriate words to describe Howard -as a neighbour, he was an example for all of us to follow .I am sorry for your loss and I share the feeling of how he will be missed. Penny your attention to every detail of your Howie’s needs was often the basis of my chats with him . “Thanks for the memories Bud ”

Condolence from Janice McLaren-Broadfield & Glen Broadfield on December 14th, 2021 7:39 pm

I remember telling Howard many years ago on his birthday “Howard, you are a unique individual and there would never be another like him!” He had a good laugh about that. Well Howard, I was absolutely right. There was no other like you.
You changed the lives of alot of people. RIP Cousin. To Penny and the family, please accept our heartfelt condolences.

Condolence from Megan Remnant on December 14th, 2021 8:29 pm

So grateful to have met Howard. He was a joy to have spent such a short time with. Sending my deepest condolences to Penny and all of Howard’s friends and family. You will be missed.

Condolence from Allison Rende on December 14th, 2021 8:37 pm

Penny & Family

I send my love to you all.
Howie was a kind, loving and generous man. I cherish our friendship dearly and will hold my memories of Howie close to my heart.
Thinking of you all ❤️

Condolence from Jeff and Michelle Labelle on December 14th, 2021 9:09 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Douglas and Gail Fleck on December 14th, 2021 10:06 pm

Dear Penny and family.
So sorry to hear of Howard’s passing..
It was alway nice see you both at the Rotary auction. Please take care.
Douglas and Gail Fleck

Condolence from Bob Skaltsiotis on December 15th, 2021 12:01 am

Our deepest condolences to the family Rest In Peace Howard
Bob and Foula

Condolence from Ruth Bruder on December 15th, 2021 8:10 am

Dear Penny and Family
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Howard. He will be truly missed by many.
May you find comfort in all your wonderful memories of him.
Rest in Peace, Howard.

Ruth and Marv Bruder

Condolence from Linda Talian on December 15th, 2021 10:35 am

Rest In Peace my dear Uncle Howard. Thank you for your kindness and wit. We will love you always. Love L & D.

Condolence from Auriol and Peter Rapin on December 15th, 2021 1:48 pm

Auriol and I wish to express our sincere condolences in the passing of a treasured friend. Howard and I go back a long way, first as a business acquaintance which developed into a lasting friendship. Although we didn’t see enough of each other over the last few years we continued to enjoy each other’s company with the occasional visit and phone call. I miss him badly. But I will remember the good times – driving around in the Ford pickup visiting job sites, coffee breaks, meals, a few parties, family visits. I see and hear him telling me to “give my head a shake” on many occasions. Rest in pease my good friend.

Peter and Auriol

Condolence from Wally Witkowski on December 15th, 2021 7:57 pm

Dear Penny and family very sorry to hear about Howard’s passing sending our deepest sympathy. I had the pleasure of meeting and working with him for his company for many many years. we had some good times through all those years he will be sadly missed by all of us that met and worked with Howard.RIP Howard

Condolence from RUDY & PINA DESIATO on December 15th, 2021 9:53 pm

Howard McLaren, a man who has done a lot of good without boasting; an unsung hero!

We have lost a warm-hearted, generous, ready-to-do -good friend.

Howard, you will be missed. May you Rest In Peace.

Deepest sympathies to the McLaren family.

Condolence from Melrose St. Louis on December 16th, 2021 10:25 am

Dear Penney and family ,
Sincere condolences in the passing of your cherished partner and friend Howard
Hugs, and prayers to you, thinking of you with Love, Melrose

Condolence from Dave and Ruth Carney on December 16th, 2021 4:41 pm

Our sincerest sympathies to Penny, Andrew, Agatha, Mathew, and families. The Izatt and Carney families have had many wonderful times together over the years. We have always enjoyed Howard’s sense of humour, and appreciated his honesty and generosity. We will miss him.

Condolence from Joseph DiFranco on December 16th, 2021 9:14 pm

Sincere Condolences to the McLaren family.
Worked with Howard on many insulation projects at Canada Packers over 20 years years ago. We remember fond memories golfing together. He was very much a people person that took care of his customers. I’m sure his memories will live on with the people that knew him.

Condolence from Carlos & Elsa Herrera on December 17th, 2021 11:08 am

We are deeply sorry about the loss of your husband.
Ours deepest condolences to Penny and her family.
God Bless All of You.

Condolence from Kyle Chatfield on December 17th, 2021 3:55 pm

I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Howard for over 35 years and I extend my sincere condolences to his wife Penny and his entire family. Rest in Peace Howie, you were a gentleman and I will remember you fondly.

Condolence from Lisa Balis on December 18th, 2021 10:01 am

So very sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you all!!
Lisa Balis and Family!!

Condolence from Gary Trotter on December 18th, 2021 2:26 pm

Howie was long time friend and he is truly missed. We first met on a construction project at Eldorado Nuclear in Port Hope in 1969. He was just one of the pipe coverers working for The Atlas Asbestos Co. at the time. I was a farm kid just out of college and according to Howie, still had hayseeds in my ears. Over the years since, he proved to be one of the most talented, reliable and hardest working tradesmen that I have ever met Howie was the go-to guy if a tight schedule had to be met or if a project was in trouble. That work ethic was one of the main reasons for his business success in later years, along with his “gift of the gab” and his insistence on giving the customer what he paid for. Howie would give a friend the shirt off his back and I could write a whole book on his charity, but the space here is limited. So I just finish by saying goodbye old friend, where ever you are I hope there are Lincolns and the fish are biting. You are missed !!

Condolence from Nicola Eggleton-Sodenkamp on December 19th, 2021 3:48 pm

To All who knew and loved Howard
Wishing you comfort and peace to face
The days ahead
And loving memories
To hold in your heart

Condolence from Excel Cleaners on December 21st, 2021 9:52 am

Thinking of you All
May great memories help you through your loss.
Pietro & Rocco & the Excel Cleaners Family

Condolence from Shirley Turnbull on December 22nd, 2021 7:39 pm

Dear Penny,
Bob and I wish to extend our condolences to you and your family.

We will miss Howie puttering around the street, always with a smile and a friendly greeting.
We will also remember him for his kindness and generosity.
May you find strength and comfort in your family and friends, at this difficult time.
Know that you are in our thoughts.

Bob and Shirley

Condolence from Mike Tripp on December 25th, 2021 4:47 pm

I had the pleasure of both having Howard do insulation jobs for my company as a contractor as well as to work for Howard at Four Jewel Insulation. His business skills in insulating business as well as running his business were impressive to say the least.
In fact I still to this day tell stories of Howards unique ways, some of which I adopted and use to this day.
You’ll be greatly missed by many Howard.
I’m so happy you met Penny, Howard you deserved every minute the two of you had to enjoy each other.
Goodbye my friend.

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