LeConte, Howard

March 24, 1924 ~ May 16, 2020

Le CONTE, Howard Keith- It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Howard Keith Le Conte of Sarnia, and formerly of Brigden, on May 16, 2020 in his 97th year, following a valiant struggle with Covid-19. Dear son of the late Francis and Margaret (Clubb) Le Conte. Beloved husband of more than 67 years to the late Margaret (Nicol) LeConte (2014). Loving father to Brian (Ann) of Ottawa and Ian (Wendy) of Sarnia. Predeceased by a precious daughter Jane (Robert) Hanson of Ottawa (2012) and a dear daughter-in-law Joan of Sarnia (2005). Sadly missed by 9 Grandchildren and 10 Great-Grandchildren. Also predeceased by his brothers Bill (Ann), Ross (Rene), Erle (Marjorie) and sisters Olive (Bill) Bass and Jean (Bruce) Salisbury. The family would like to thank the staff of Vision Nursing Home and prior to that Twin Lakes Retirement Home for the care and kindness shown to Howard over the last several years. Howard was a long-time member of Brigden United Church. He was a 70 plus year member of the Leopold Masonic Lodge No. 397 of Brigden, was an avid curler and golfer, as well as a hockey and baseball fan. After moving to Sarnia in 2008, he and Margaret enjoyed attending London Road West United Church.  Howard had a long career at Polysar and prior to that had been a wheelsman aboard the Noronic.

Due to current pandemic restrictions, a private service will be held at STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL CHAPELS, Brigden and burial will take place at Bear Creek cemetery. A celebration of Howard’s Life will take place with Family at a later date.

Sympathy may be expressed through donations to any of the following charities (cheques may be mailed to the funeral home): Brigden United Church, Alzheimer’s Society of Sarnia, or charity of your choice.


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  1. Very sorry to hear of your father’s passing, Ian. Must have been an amazing lot of memories in those 97 years! (all good ones, of course!) Take care. Hope to see you sometime soon.
    Carm Holbrook

  2. Ian and Wendy, sorry to hear of the passing of your father, our thoughts and prayers are with you. You have many good memories of a life well lived.
    Bryan & Norma

  3. One of Brigden finest gentleman. Remember Howard at our ball games when the diamond was at the fair grounds& riding the Polysar bus many laughs. My sympathy to the family

  4. Ian and Wendy, and family,
    I was saddened to read about your father. He seemed like a very nice man, when I saw him at Vision. Sending my sincere condolences.
    (my son is Scott Gillesby)

  5. Ian and Wendy,

    My condolence on the loss of your Dad. I always enjoyed seeing him at LRW dinners.

  6. Ian, Wendy and Family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. With sincere sympathy, hold your memories close.
    Brian and Barb Jackson

  7. Ian, Wendy and girls,
    Sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad and Grampa. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

  8. To Ian and all of the LeConte family::

    Our sincere condolences on your loss.
    It is always difficult when we lose a member of our family, however we can find comfort from remembering the experiences of a lifetime shared with our loved ones

  9. Ian, Wendy and family.Bill and I are very sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. Sincere sympathies

  10. I am very sorry to hear of Howard’s passing . . . I have fond memories of growing up and knowing him. Such a kind and gentle man. Thinking of you all in your time of grief!

  11. Dear Ian & Family,
    I was very sorry to hear of the passing of your father. You introduced him to me at one of the past NOVA lunches and he seemed to enjoy them greatly in meeting both his and your former coworkers. Please accept our condolences at this sad and trying time.

    Carl & Gail Gilroy

  12. Hi Brian and family- so sorry to hear of your Dad’s death. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    I had the pleasure of meeting your parents at Bill Philp’s Dad’s funeral. It was so nice to put faces to people I had heard so much about over the years. Wish you good health and stay safe during this 2020 year. Sharon Stephenson

  13. Dear Ian & Family,
    I was saddened to hear the news of your father’s passing. Please accept our condolences and prayers for comfort to you and your family at this time of loss.

    John & Sheila Tiernay

  14. Bob and I were sorry to hear of Uncle Howard’s passing. I have many fond memories of spending the night with Jane on the Friday before Brigden Fair. Our sincere condolences.
    Barbara and Bob Nicol.

  15. Ian, Wendy and Family; We were so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. May your wonderful memories sustain you through this difficult time. Looking forward to offering personal condolences when social distancing lets up.
    Jill (Marley) & Scott Leedham

  16. We are sorry to hear of your fathers passing. Please accept our condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

  17. Dear Ian and Wendy and all your family, my sincerest sympathy to you all ” May the love and tender mercy of our God surround you during this time of sorrow.”. Hugs Aunt Dorothy J

  18. Ian and family. I would like to extend my condolences. After he coach baseball to you and I in Brigden, he always knew who I was whenever we met. Even years later. Very nice gentleman. Sorry for your loss.

  19. Greetings Ian
    My condolences to you and your loved one’s..The creator gives life and He takes it.is the law of life.I wish and hope for us all to meet him in a better place with Gods comfort and mercy. for all of us. Ameen

  20. Hi Ian:
    I’d like to extend our deepest condolence too you and your family on the passing of your father. I know I had mentioned this before but I curled in the same league with your dad at the Petrolia arena many many years ago

  21. Sorry to hear the sad news Ian. We are thinking of you, Wendy and the girls.

    May God bless you all.

    Your friends, Debbie and Gerry

  22. Howard will be remembered fondly, with his contagious smile. He was a Brigden original who enjoyed the simple things in life and set a fine example in everything he did.
    So sorry for your loss.

  23. Dear Ian and Wendy. We were sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. Keeping you and your family in our prayers.

  24. Ian, Wendy and girls, Sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I remember curling with both your mom and dad many years ago and feel blessed to have known them both. Our condolences to all.

  25. Dear Ian and Wendy
    Sorry to hear about your Dad. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
    Linda Dier and George Kingston

  26. Ian – so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. It must have been very difficult for you and your family during this pandemic. Thinking of you all.
    Jane (Pettit) Racher

  27. Ian/Wendy and family, Charlotte and I extend our deepest condolences upon hearing the loss of your father.
    Our Love & Prayers are with you during your time of bereavement.
    Fran & Charlotte Tatsu

  28. Our deepest condolences, to you Ian and all your family, on your dad passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad and difficult time.

  29. Ian
    Really sorry to hear about the passing of your dad.
    Hope all are well in this time of sorrow for your family.
    Jim and Dawn

  30. Ian and family,

    We are very sorry for your loss. Please accept our deepest sympathy . Hugs.

  31. My deepest condolences, to you Ian and all your family, on your dad passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad and difficult time.

  32. Ian and family. Very sorry to hear of your Dads passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  33. Ian and family
    Our deepest sympathy on the passing of you father.
    Graeme and Sally Weaver

  34. Ian and families I am so sorry for you,loss. I was thinking about your Dad the other day. He and my Dad followed each other in residents for a few years and I watch a lot of curling with the two of the, Rest In Peace Howard

  35. Dearest Ian, Wendy and the entire family; please accept our most sincere sympathy in the loss of your loved one. The Covid virus is tragic and we are very sorry to hear that it touched your family. God bless you all. Warmest regards, Jerry and Robin Arnold and family

  36. Ian, Wendy and Family,
    So very sorry for the loss of your Dad, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather. Thinking of you and your loved ones in these difficult times. Happy you were able to have him in your life for so long. Hugs and Condolences to you all.
    Paula Norcross (Arbour) and Family

  37. So sorry to hear about the passing of your father, Ian. Our condolences to you, Wendy and your family. Thinking of you all.

  38. Sincere sympathy to the LeConte family on the passing of Howard. He was a very pleasant & friendly gentleman.
    Marie Sheppard

  39. My condolences Wendy and Ian. Howard was a very memorable person to me. A great man and he will be missed.

  40. My deepest sympathy to Ian, Brian, and families. I remember your Dad as a very kind man.

  41. We extend our sympathy to your family Ian and Wendy at this difficult time. Please know that you are in our prayers.

  42. Ian, Wendy and family…so sorry to hear of Uncle Howard’s passing. Chuck spoke very highly of him and shared many memories. I certainly enjoyed any conversations with him. Sincerely. Lena DeKeyser.

  43. Sorry for your loss. We golfed in a league, and curled in Petrolia. He was a good sport and community man.
    Your family will have great memories.
    Bob and Jane Marsh

  44. Howard will be missed dearly by everyone at Vision. His quick one liners, gardening expertise and willingness to take part in any activity (even folding towels) will remain in my memory forever. My deepest condolences to the family.

  45. Ian and family, So sorry about your loss of a wonderful father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. I am so glad to have the terrific memories of golf and card games during our younger days. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

  46. Ian an family, sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. He was such a friendly man. Sincere sympathy to all.

  47. To the LeConte family I will always remember your dad they were wonderful people from Brigden
    My deepest sympathy to all the family

    Pat ( Struck ) Mills

  48. Dear Ian, Jane and families.
    Sorry to hear about the passing of your loved family member. Remember growing up in the same area as you did. ALWAYS kind people. GOD SENDS AND GOD TAKES IN HIS OWN WAY ALSO.

  49. To the leconte family our condolences. .i was sad when I heard about Howard’s death. He was such a gentleman and so interesting to talk to. We had good visits at the Gray picnics years ago and more recently at Twin lakes. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see him at vision nursing home.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    Paul and Lois marley

  50. Deepest Sympathies to each of the LeConte family members. I have many memories of Howard and your mom as well as Brian, Jane and Ian growing up. I feel so bad we can’t gather to say to Howard with you all. May God hold you close and give you peace during this season of you lives. (((HUGS)))

  51. To the entire LeConte family, we send our condolences for the loss of your father, grandfather and great grandfather. Howard was an admirable patriarch, proud of his family and their accomplishments. We will miss his good humour and smile. We hope that fond memories soon replace your sadness. Regards, Lynda& Bill

  52. Ian and family. I am so sorry for your loss. I just loved your dad. He was such a kind sweet man.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He will be greatly missed.

  53. My sincere sympathy to Howard’s family. I met Howard through my volunteering at Vision. He was always so happy and had the biggest smile. Sounds like he had ‘a life well lived’. My condolences.

  54. lots of good memories with uncle Howard and aunt Margaret,Jane-Ian and Brian.i loved their place in Brigden and the good times at the Farm,so sorry for your great loss-Ron and Sandy Salisbury

  55. Ian, Wendy and family.
    So sorry to hear of Howard’s passing, we extend our sincere condolences at this very difficult time. Not being able to share his last hours due to the covid is unfortunate. Enjoyed many visits with him hearing many memorable stories. We trust your faith and good memories will help you through your time of bereavement.
    Norma & Bill Griffin

  56. Our condolences to the family. My description of Howard contains the words; kind, thoughtful, friendly, dedicated and for sure I would have to say a man with a life well lived. I really have missed our yearly reunions at the Clubb picnic however his memory lives on through his family descendants. I can envision Aunt Maggie scolding the boys and cousins for sneaking a cold beverage as they celebrate their reunion. Take care Bill, Diane and Family.

  57. To the families of Brian & Ann, Ian & Wendy, and Jane’s husband Bob Hanson: we are so sorry for Uncle Howard’s passing in these unsettling times and know you can cope. Our hearts break for you all. We will always remember his warm, friendly smile and big hugs.
    Love you all. Paul & Suzy

  58. Ian and family. Sorry to here of your loss. I remeber delivering the Gazette to your parents 40 years ago. Always such nice people.

  59. Brian, Ian and families I am so sad to hear of your Dad’s passing. Please accept my deepest condolences on your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope the wonderful stories and memories you have of your Dad/ Grandad will help you through this devastating time.

  60. Ian and family…sorry to hear of your Father’s passing…he had a pretty good run at life and must have put up quite a fight at his age of 97….take care at this difficult time…your old high school friend…..Bernie Baillargeon,Windsor,Ont

  61. Please accept our most sincere sympathy during this very difficult time. I remember Howard as always a very kind man while he lived in Brigden.
    May God bring you a peace and his comfort . May the good memories sustain you! God Bless!
    Leslie(Muller)Vye & Frank Vye

  62. My condolences to the family of Howard. I remember him to be a very kind man from my Brigden days. May the memories help heal your heart.

  63. So sorry to hear about Howard.
    Sending my sincere condolences to the family.
    Always enjoyed visiting them when Margaret and him were at Twin Lakes Terrace.

  64. Our most sincere sympathy to all the LeConte family on the passing of Howard, a good friend and neighbour. May cherished memories help ease the grief of his passing.

  65. My most sincere sympathy to your entire family at the passing of Howard. He was a very kind man, who I remember fondly from my days in Brigden. May God’s peace be with you during this time of sadness.