Vale Arthur Howard

Fairfield, Victoria, 1947
Members of the 'Rudder Grange' canoe club building canoes and making paddles in the club's workshop.
Thursday, 25 October 2012

Australian Canoeing was deeply saddened to hear loss of the passing of one of the organisation's founders, Arthur Howard.

Arthur, 93, was a member of the team that formed the Australian Canoe Federation in the run-up to the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games.

Others in that original group were Ross Chenoweth and George Varcoe from Melbourne and Ossie Brownlee and Dr Frank Whitebrook.

"Arty" (as he was always known) was a founding member of Rudder Grange Canoe Club and later Fairfield Canoe Club.

He was a canoeing official at the Melbourne Olympics and continued his interest in canoeing right up till last Sunday.

He had only recently restored a 'Sierak Canadian canoe and during the restoration discovered his name under a seat support.

Arty had built that canoe almost 60 years earlier along with Carl Sierak, the boat builder, the then operator of Rudder Grange Boatshed on the Yarra at Fairfield.

A Memorial Service will be held at Westgarth Baptist Church, 27 Simpson St, Westgarth, on Thursday (Nov. 8, 2012) at 2 p.m.