Howard “Pop Pop” 67 passed away at home on January 1, 2019. Pop Pop was surrounded by family and friends until he took his last breath. Howard was born on December 6, 1951 and grew up in Fairfax, Virginia. As he would say, “when the roads were still dirt. “As a young man he raised horses, cattle, pigs, chickens and when he had time, he built motors and raced cars. The need for speed raced through his veins. He could turn a wrench like no other man we knew. Howard was never afraid to try anything. If you felt like you failed, he would to tell you to, “look at it as the First Attempt In Learning.” Try again and never give up. He lived his life by the motto” YOU GOT ONE SHOT.” He became an amazing auto body man he did a few chop shop cars which were featured in magazines. The man took pride in everything he did. In 1984 he was honored as a Million Dollar Realtor by Prince William Board of Realtors and in 1987 he was honored several awards by Diesel Institute of America for Commercial Truck Driver just to name a few. Howard loved to travel from the mountains to the hot sun, white sands and crystal blue waters. Howard loved to be outside to be either boating, fishing, riding motorcycles to tinkering on a truck or car. He managed to make friends where ever he went. It was either you loved him or hated him. He had a hard shell on the outside but he was all marshmallow inside. Through out the years he was all over the place never leaving one leaf unturned living life to the fullest. He had become ill for sometime and at times the illness would knock him down but he always managed to find the strength to dust himself off and keep going. The past few years he settled down and found a place he could call his home until the end.
Survived by his daughter Sheila, Grandchildren Justin and his wife Kortney, Robbie and his wife Jessica and Brittany and Ryan, Great grandchildren Jaxson, Emmalyn, Shelby, Kaine, Naomi and Luke. A true friend and caregiver Phil Fernandes and a special thanks to Larry Kendrick and Donna Baker.
Even Though he is no longer by our side he lives in our hearts forever.