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Neville Henry Howes

Neville Henry Howes

Male Abt 1950 - 2009  (~ 59 years)

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  • Name Neville Henry Howes  [1
    Neville Henry Howes
    Neville Henry Howes
    1950
    Disability 1950 
    Blind 
    Born Abt Feb 1950  Wreningham, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Birth Wreningham, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Birth Abt Feb 1950  Outer Norwich RD, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Name Neville H Howes  [2, 3
    Occupation 23 Mar 2009 
    Solicitor's secretary 
    Residence 23 Mar 2009  Brambles Close, Spixworth, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 23 Mar 2009  Spixworth, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • Our thanks to Tim Howes who tracked down the following newspaper article:
      http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/tributes_to_blind_man_who_loved_life_1_295 679?ot=archant.PrintFriendlyPageLayout.ot

      'Tributes to blind man who 'loved life'
      Tracey Gray
      Friday, April 3, 2009 8.00 AM

      The wife of a blind man who never let his sight problems curtail his love of the great outdoors has today paid an emotional tribute to her husband who died suddenly following a heart attack.

      The wife of a blind man who never let his sight problems curtail his love of the great outdoors has today paid an emotional tribute to her husband who died suddenly following a heart attack.

      Neville Henry Howes, 59, a solicitors' secretary from Brambles Close, Spixworth, died at home on Monday, March 23 after falling ill and becoming short of breath.

      His wife, Mauveen Howes , 60, today paid tribute to the man who she said “loved life” and doted on his granddaughter.

      She said, despite being left blind at the age of 15 after trouble with the optic nerves in his eyes, he loved walking and exploring.

      The couple had met when Mrs Howes came to work at Hansell Stevenson Solcitiors in Cathedral Close, Norwich in 1981.

      Mr Howes, who grew up in Wreningham in Norfolk, had already been working with the firm for nearly 20 years, starting in 1969 and eventually taking the position of secretary.

      Despite not being able to see he used a computer programme which read back out loud what he had typed in.

      Mrs Howes said: “He never let his sight hold him back. He used the computer at work and began using one at home more and more as well.

      “He also used to follow Coronation Street and used tapes which were sent to him with recordings of newspapers on them.

      “He did so much, a lot of people did not realise he was blind. We joined a club once and for three months no one there realised, until he used his stick, that he could not see.”

      They married in 1990, when Neville was 40 and Mauveen 41 with a blessing held in Wreningham.

      Mrs Howes, said: “He was a very modest person, he would not blow his own trumpet. He was also a real live wire and had a wicked sense of humour, sometimes he would say things in such a dead pan way people would not realise he was joking with them.

      “He also liked going to church, listening to the cricket and football and taking walks in the Lake and Peak District, he would do all sorts from cave exploring to hiking up mountains.

      “Even though he could not see the mountains, he could sense them, and sometimes when the light was behind them he could make out their vague outline. He loved the radio as well, wherever he went, he took a radio with him.”

      Mr Howes served for 30 years as parish clerk on Wreningham Parish Council, making notes in Braille and transcribing them back and regularly took part in bell-ringing.

      Mrs Howes said: “I have had so many letters and cards from people who have had so many nice things to say about him. Even the rector at Wreningham who was there when he was young and lost his sight and helped him read and learn Braille.”

      The family have asked for donations in memory of Mr Howes to go to the Aplastic Anaemia Trust as his 11-year-old granddaughter from Mrs Howes' first marriage, Olivia-Louise Clarey, suffers from the illness and is waiting for a bone-marrow transplant.

      A funeral service was held today at All Saints Church, Wreningham at 2pm.

      Would you like to pay tribute to a loved one? Call Evening News reporter Tracey Gray on 01603 772418 or email tracey.gray@archant.co.uk
    Person ID I56720  ONS
    Last Modified 2 Nov 2014 

    Father Barnard Talbot Hugh Howes,   b. 30 Nov 1908, Hethel, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt Aug 1969, Outer Norwich RD, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Mother Rosa Hunt,   d. Not known Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt Feb 1947  Norwich, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F16545  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Living 
    Family ID F16544  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt Feb 1950 - Wreningham, Norfolk Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - - Wreningham, Norfolk Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - Abt Feb 1950 - Outer Norwich RD, Norfolk Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Mar 2009 - Spixworth, Norfolk Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S30] Eastern Daily Press, 2009 Apr 3.

    2. [S476] BMD register (England & Wales) - births - multiple sources.
      available online from various sources

    3. [S475] BMD register (England & Wales) - marriages - multiple sources.
      available online from various sources