The funeral service will be live-streamed. Please go to on Thursday, August 5th, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

Howard N. Halter
Jan. 2, 1946 to August 3, 2021

If you knew Howie Halter, you knew his three essential traits: Great hugs, corny jokes and a fierce pride in his family.

Howie grew up on Cedarvale Ave. in Toronto with parents Ben and Sarah and older sister Elaine (Arny) Handelman. He was a stellar athlete who refereed in the International Hockey League while pursuing a career in computers.

When Howie and Eva became parents, he imparted to daughters Amy (Janos) Pataki and Marni Halter (Aaron Del Rizzo) life lessons in self-esteem, proper grammar and the correct way to throw a baseball or spiral football. He emphasized the value of education even though he once tried sawing off the legs of a desk in kindergarten.

With his beloved grandchildren Ella, Rebecca, Inara, Marcus and Jonah, Zaidy thrilled in lacing ice skates, crawling through pillow forts and doing goofy impressions. No one sang Happy Birthday quite like him, which is a good thing.

Uncle Howie to his Handelman nieces and nephews (Jill, Kenny, Judi and David and their partners and children) and Marlee Harendorf-Gold. “Big Howard” to cousins Gale Rubinstein and Howard Ovens. “Little Howard” to his Kornblum relatives. His unexpected death at home from heart issues has rocked us to the core.

Evening prayers via Zoom @8 p.m. Thursday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday; 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Link (to come) will open one hour before for online shiva visits.

Donations to Food Allergy Canada.

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Memorial donations may be made to Food Allergy Canada 416-785-5666.