10th July, 2023 

Dear Trust Supporters and Friends, 

News of the death in Newmarket, Ontario of Kirk Howard on 30th June, 2023 at age eighty saddened all associated with The Canadian Royal Heritage Trust and its work. Among long standing supporters especially, Kirk was gratefully remembered as the Trust’s founding Chairman. 

Kirk worked actively in the setting up of the Trust in 1994, was one of the founding Trustees, presided as its head until 2009 and, after stepping down, continued as a Trustee for the rest of his life. He assisted the Trust financially and through his work and influence as an important Canadian publisher. For many years he provided the Trust with a website through his publishing company Dundurn. 

Kirk’s understanding of the importance of history and its role in sustaining the country was profound. Unlike so many who professed attachment to Canada and its heritage he knew that the royal could not be amputated from the identity of Canada without severely endangering its viability. So, as a publisher he not only published works dealing with the Monarchy but caused individuals knowledgeable about aspects of the Crown to write about them or about dimensions that had not been covered. Kirk’s exceptional service to history and letters in Canada was recognized by his appointment as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2018. In 2002 and 2012 he received the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals on the nomination of the CRHT.

One thing is certain. The great good he did to the cause of royal heritage, which we have at heart, will continue to make itself felt for many years to come.

Kirk’s funeral will take place on Wednesday, 13th July, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at St George’s-on- the-Hill Anglican Church, 4600 Dundas Street West, Islington, Ontario. I am sure many Trust people will wish to attend. In addition an event commemorating Kirk and his contributions will be announced at a later date. 

Not only a colleague and an inspiration for Trustees and supporters of the Canadian Royal Heritage Trust, Kirk was a good and valued friend. 

Yours in loyalty, 

Arthur Bousfield


Trustees: 

Hon. Alan Redway, PC, KC (Honorary Chairman), Arthur Bousfield (Chairman), Dr Paul Benoit (Vice- Chairman), Garry Toffoli (Vice-Chairman & Executive Director), Barbara Rusch (Recording Secretary.), Prof. John McLeod (Corresponding Secretary), Cyril Bagin (Ont.), Ted Chudleigh (Ont.), Charles Coulombe (U.S.), Keith Currie (Ont.), Rafal Heydel-Mankoo (U.K.), Jack Heath (Ont.), Stuart Iversen (Que.), Stu Kellock (Ont.), Stephen Klimczuk-Massion (U.S.), Marc Lascelle (Que.).Christopher LePage (P.E.I.), Chief Donald Maracle (Ont.), Prof. Jacques Monet (Ont.), Brian Romagnoli (Ont.), Dr Alexander Roman (Ont.), Downes Ryan (Que.), Michael Smith (Ont.), Jane Ann Thompson-McCaw (Ont.), Dr Richard Toporoski (B.C.), Thomas Wardle (Ont. & Bah.), Rod Wylie (Alta)