Colleen Annette (Zavislake) Howard

Colleen Annette (Zavislake) Howard

It is with great sadness that the

family of Colleen Howard (nee

Zavislake) share the news of her

sudden passing on 20 March 2016 in

Comox, B.C. at the age of 65.

Colleen was born on 21 September

1950 in Canora, Saskatchewan.

After high school in Canora, Colleen

obtained a Bachelor of Science

in Pharmacy from the University

of Saskatchewan in 1972. Her

pharmacy career took her to Jasper

and Edmonton, Alberta, and on to

Comox, B.C.

Upon joining the Canadian Forces at the youthful age of 40, Captain Colleen

worked as a pharmacist in Edmonton, then in Comox, B.C. Upon retirement

from the CF, she continued to work at pharmacies in the Comox Valley,

where she developed a deep and lasting affection for her new home. The

great breadth of her many interests caused her to become close friends with

an amazingly wide spectrum of people.

Music was a mainstay in Colleen’s life, and she thoroughly enjoyed

teaching piano and playing the piano and organ for several United Church

congregations, as well as leading worship services for Seniors groups, which

were just a few expressions of her faith and her giving nature. She also

belonged to many choral groups, including the North Island Choral Society.

Walking and golfing were her other favorite passions and many in the

Comox Valley knew her for her brilliant colored clothing and her cheerful

smile. Colleen had as much love for animals as she had for people – the

animal love of Colleen’s life was Gypsy, the Chocolate Labrador Retriever.

Colleen became very active in fundraising efforts for the Kidney Foundation,

Food Bank, Rotary Club, Ukrainian Cultural Society and others, receiving

Volunteer of the Year honours on several occasions. She was always working

for a good cause, with no volunteer job too time consuming to get her full

attention. Many will remember buying a “Racing Rubber Ducky” from her.

Despite her own health problems, Colleen’s tenacity and limitless energy –

especially when helping others and contributing to the community around

her – remains an inspiration to the many, many people that she touched

during her life.

Following cremation, a Celebration of Life will occur on Saturday May 14,

2016 at 2 PM, at the Comox United Church, 250 Beach Drive in Comox. A

sharing of fellowship in the adjacent church hall will follow the Celebration.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Kidney Foundation of

Canada – BC Branch, at

Colleen is survived by her sister-in-law Evelyn (Duncan) Zavislake of Vernon,

B.C., her dear uncle Ed (Donna Korchinski) Zederayko of Calgary, aunt Adella

(Mike) Hanishewski of Yorkton, Sask., and numerous cousins who will

mourn her passing and remember her in their hearts. She is predeceased

by her parents Frank and Star Zavislake of Canora, Sask., and her brother


Rest in Peace, Colleen, we will miss you dearly.

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