Howe, Brian

On 20th November, 2021, (Gordon) Brian Howe (just shy of his 87th birthday) died somewhat unexpectedly at Peterborough Regional Hospital where he was tended to by the most compassionate, respectful and caring nurses. His life was extended over the past 20 years thanks to a bevy of specialist Doctors and Surgeons, but none more stalwart than Dr. Hardy Friesen who was by his beside every day whenever he was in hospital.

Although he was born and raised in England, he proudly referred to himself as Canadian as Canada became his home for more than 60 years with Dorothy, his Canadian-born bride.

After a lengthy policing career (first as a Bobby in London, England, followed by service with Hamilton Wentworth Regional Police), Brian brought the first Tim Hortons Franchise to Peterborough. He spent the past 40 years loving every minute of his second career. A man who bled coffee, he loved his staff members and lived for his conversations with his customers—if he didn’t know you before you walked in the door, he wouldn’t forget you once you stepped inside.

He was a large man in both stature and personality, but if you had to ask, “Who are you?” his joking reply was, “It’s Brian Howe. Howe. Not ‘Who’.”

Brian leaves behind too many friends and family to mention in one notice.

As per his wishes and his last words, “Don’t cry over anything that can’t cry over you”, there will be no visitation or funeral. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Heart and Stroke Foundation or Alzheimer Society would be appreciated. Condolences to the family can be made through the funeral home online at

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