It is with great sadness that we learned that Howard Greaves died January 23, 2018. Howard had a talent for bringing people together, a generosity of spirit that brought so much to our community, and enthusiasm that enriched the book arts in Canada.
Howard worked for Penguin books Canada in their sales division, and he loved Penguin’s approach of producing low cost, high quality books. Jim Rainer recruited Howard to the Alcuin Society in 1997 after Howard had worked with Vancouver Public Library’s Friends of the Library, and Howard became the longest serving chair of the Alcuin Society. He stepped down from the role last year.
Howard’s ability to meet and engage with people is legendary. At one point he befriended the Head of the Friends of HMCS Vancouver. This resulted in several day sails aboard HMCS Vancouver much to his delight. Howard loved good food and traveled to all parts of Vancouver and beyond in search of it. His favourite paper was the UK based Guardian.
We are grateful to Howard for the time he spent working for the society, for his contribution to the book arts, and for being our friend. We will miss him.
Members are welcome to post their memories of Howard in the comments below. There is also an official notice on the Legacy.com.
Here are some pictures of Howard and Peter Hay, courtesy of Dorthea Atwater: