Ronald Keith Howie, 87, died on November 29, 2020, in Saint George, Utah with his two sons at his side. A long time resident of Nevada, Ron was born in Brooklyn, New York, one of four children of Gabriel and Bertha (Khoury) Howie. He was predeceased by his brother Eugene and his sister Dolores and leaves behind his brother Jerome.
Growing up, Ron lived in Brooklyn, New York and was surrounded by a large family with scores of uncles, aunts and cousins. He attended Poly Prep County Day School in Brooklyn and the University of Virginia. He left school and ended up working in south Louisiana before returning to the New York area where he embraced the social scene in Manhattan and began working on Wall Street as a stock broker for Shields & Company. He was a longtime member of the New York Athletic Club and maintained a residence there to minimize his commute. After leaving Wall Street, Ron subsequently raised capital for an investment fund with investors in the Bahama’s and Florida and began working from both Boston and New York. In 1981 Ron left the east coast and moved to San Diego where he developed a variety of new friendships and explored a new age spiritual program before moving onto to decades long residence in Hawaii.
Ron loved the beauty and wilderness of Hawaii. He spent many happy months living in a tent on the beach and hiking, swimming and camping in Kilauea, Kailua and Anini Beach. He spent many months in Hawaii and engaged with a new set of friends, companions and adventures. During this time he visited stateside spending time with his friends and family, but never overstayed his welcome. He moved on from Hawaii in 1998 and relocated to Reno, Nevada.
While living in Reno, Ron fell ill in July, 2005 and convalesced in Houston where his son John resided. During the next 3 years Ron spent his time with his grandchildren and daughter-in-law Julie in Houston. Ron left Houston in January, 2009 and returned to Nevada relocating to the small town of Mesquite about an hour from Las Vegas. He remained busy with the stock market, wagering on different sporting events, exercising in the beautiful weather there and enjoying the gambling that the nearby casinos offered.
Ron was comfortable on Wall Street, at social events, on the race track, at any table with food and drink, in the mountains or on the beach. He worked as a stock broker, a short order chef and a derrick hand on a drilling rig. He was a lifelong friend to many, had a generous spirit, a huge heart and a quick humor. Ron was a championship backgammon player at the New York Athletic Club and competitive Monopoly player at The Bear Pit in Boston.
To everyone who knew him, Ron was a unique individual who left an impression. He was caring, kind and considerate. His last dollar was yours if you needed it. Birthday cards, Christmas greetings and congratulations on personal accomplishments – he always remembered. Ron had a passion for life and adventure, from climbing the Rocky Mountains to camping on the beach in Hawaii to body surfing in the Hamptons, he lived large and played hard. He owned race horses, worked as a derrick hand on a drilling rig and enjoyed gambling, wine and every type of cuisine his entire life.
Ron taught his sons how to play Frisbee in Central Park, body surf in the Hamptons, took John on his first flight on an Eastern Airlines Boeing 707 Whisper Jet from La Guardia to West Palm
Beach and introduced Tim to Ed Sullivan on the streets of New York. At the height of its popularity, Ron took John dancing at Studio 54.
When she was 7 years old, Ron told his daughter Jennifer, that she should embrace yoga. Of course, it took nearly 40 years, but Jennifer has since become a certified yoga instructor. Ron also encouraged Jennifer to paint, giving her a set of oil paint, easel and canvases; unfortunately, unlike the yoga suggestion, Jennifer has zero artistic talent.
Ron could best be described by quotes from his friends and family:
Tanya: “Well, I liked to cook and he liked to eat”
Paul: “He never lied, was very smart and was a little bit wild”
Sarah: “He made me feel good”
Jo Ann: “I felt I was a better person for having spent time with Ron”
Julie: “He had the least but gave the most”
A memorial service for Ron will be held at Saint Martin’s Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road, Houston, Texas 77056 at 2:00pm on October 15, 2021. The family asks that donations in Ron’s memory be made to Saint Martin’s Episcopal Church where they will be directed to DePelchin’s Children Center which serves the most vulnerable children in Texas.
A link to the live stream service will be available at www.stmartinsepiscolchurch.org