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Folks Of Interest Gary Howard

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, May 7, 2019.

  1. travisfromkansas
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 2,725

    from Newton, KS

    Gary was such a great guy, he always made me feel like an old friend whenever we ran in to each other. It was always great to see him and talk cars.
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  2. pgan
    Joined: Apr 7, 2009
    Posts: 237


    Count Anna and me in that deep pool of good friends. My personal feeling right now is closer to that of Jeff Norwell.

    Pat Ganahl
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  3. Sorry for the loss of your friend....
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    Gary Calvin Howard
    August 4, 1942 - May 7, 2019

    Rest In Peace @texastramp :(
    Last edited: May 9, 2019
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    Gary Howard - 1952 Ford 'The Tramp'.jpg

    1952 Ford "The Tramp"

    Gary Howard - 1954 Ford.jpg

    1954 Ford

    Gary Howard - 1951 Chevy (owner Jimmie Vaughan).jpg

    1951 Chevy - owner: Jimmy Vaughan

    Gary Howard - 1954 Ford Victoria (owner Jimmie Vaughan).jpg

    1954 Ford Victoria - owner: Jimmy Vaughan

    Gary Howard - 1961 Cadillac Coupe DeVille (owner Jimmie Vaughan).jpg

    1961 Cadillac Coupe DeVille - owner: Jimmy Vaughan

    Gary Howard - 1963 Buick Riviera 'Chameleon' (owner Jimmie Vaughan).jpg

    1963 Buick Riviera "Chameleon" - owner: Jimmy Vaughan

    Gary Howard - 1951 Mercury (owner Steve Wertheimer).jpg

    1951 Mercury - owner: Steve Wertheimer

    Gary Howard - 1957 Cadillac (owner Steve Wertheimer).jpg

    1957 Cadillac - owner: Steve Wertheimer

    Gary Howard - 1936 Ford (owner Mike Young).jpg

    1936 Ford - owner: Mike Young

    Gary Howard - 1960 Cadillac (owner Mike Young).jpg

    1960 Cadillac - owner: Mike Young

    Gary Howard - 1960 Chevy 'Exotica' (owner Mike Young).jpg

    1960 Chevy "Exotica" - owner: Mike Young

    Gary Howard - 1937 Lincoln Zephyr (owner Dr. Dan Peterson).jpg

    1937 Lincoln Zephyr - owner: Dr. Dan Peterson

    Gary Howard - 1949 Mercury (owner Dan Richards).jpg

    1949 Mercury - owner: Dan Richards

    Gary Howard - 1951 Mercury Custom 'Nadine' (owner Mercury Charlie Runnels).jpg

    1951 Mercury "Nadine" - owner: "Mercury Charlie" Runnels

    Gary Howard - 1955 Chevy Truck (owner James Austin).jpg
    1955 Chevy Truck - owner: James Austin

    Gary Howard - 1959 Chevy El Camino (owner Jack Chisenhall).jpg

    1959 Chevy El Camino - owner: Jack Chisenhall
    Last edited: May 8, 2019
  6. Tom davison
    Joined: Mar 15, 2008
    Posts: 5,663

    Tom davison
    from Phoenix AZ

    It’s a sad day. My condolences to Joanne and family. Gary was one of a kind, talented and a humble gentleman. A huge loss in the custom car world, life in general and for those who were blessed by his friendship.
  7. Wow....sad news outta Texas...his passing will leave a large hole in the Hot Rod and Kustom community down there. RIP...very sad
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  8. God Speed Mr. Howard.

    Sent from my iPhone using H.A.M.B.
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  9. injunjoes
    Joined: May 8, 2007
    Posts: 236


    Ryan, I never met Gary or talked to him but I'm that you did. Your article reaffirmed everything about Gary that i have imagined through the years. He was always my favorite also. His understated and subtle style is something many try to grasp but Gary was a master at it. Thank you for reaffirming that our hero was just as i pictured. God speed
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  10. WillyKJr
    Joined: Sep 5, 2009
    Posts: 152

    from Blackstone

    Genuine tribute to a dear friend Ryan. Difficult to do but well done. We are all lucky and better for it when we have folks like Gary in our lives. Just remember that and honor the relationship and the wonderful craftsman that he was as well. Prayers, Blessings and good thoughts to you Boss, along with Gary's entire and extended family and friends.
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  11. TRJ
    Joined: Oct 4, 2003
    Posts: 337

    Alliance Vendor

    I really just want to echo the sentiments that have already been expressed. Gary was a tremendous talent, a great guy and a really good friend. In my opinion Ryan and El Jefe's words along with Hemi '32s' gallery give a pretty good picture of the man and a life well lived. He will be missed.
    Steve Coonan
  12. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
    Posts: 6,710


  13. I could feel your grief in your moving tribute to your friend.
    I've felt the same, and realized too late that I didn't tell him when he was still alive.
    My condolences and prayers.
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  14. DeucePhaeton
    Joined: Sep 10, 2003
    Posts: 1,011


    Wow. We are only temporary and it goes for heros too.
    I visited Gary's shop back in 14 on the LSRU Garage Crawl with John Hall. We drove his flathead powered 34 down to Austin from Michigan in less than ideal weather. I was in the paint booth with the white Chevy with lavender scallops and one very humble Gary Howard that took time to show and explain some details on the car to this nobody. He's the kind of guy that made this hobby/lifestyle better for the rest of us.
    Condolences to his family and close friends. 1536570_10202602358353229_2052976870715301806_n.jpg 1888723_10202602358393230_7945295688328212567_n.jpg 10153173_10202602359073247_1037266919702591050_n.jpg 10153760_10202602358633236_7424626339495856728_n.jpg
  15. So fortunate to have met Gary a few times including once when I went on the Friday garage crawl with Norm at the LSRU that included a stop at Gary's that year. He was such an unassuming, gentle and focused guy who treated everyone like a long lost friend. The quality of product that came out of that small shop out in the country was amazing, I always likened him to my boyhood favorites the Alexander Brothers - nothing over the top - always hitting the nail on the head - he got it - nothing outlandish - always "just right". The world has lost a true craftsman. And also a true gentleman. Dennis
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  16. Ryan, I can feel the pain coming out through your written words. I can tell it’s bad as hell. My sincerest condolences to you and all of Gary’s friends and loved ones. I’m really, really sorry man.

    Sent from my iPad using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
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  17. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 4,450

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    Ryan, That's a heart felt writing if I ever read one. My sincere condolences to you and Gary's friends and family. I've long admired Gary's outstanding Custom work. He truly nailed it every time. I'm delighted to read that the Man was every bit as magnificent as his cars! Having never have had the pleasure of meeting Gary, reading this thread has me feeling the same way I did while reading the Bob Klessig thread; really feeling everyone's sorrow and good thoughts has me wishing I'd have had the chance to meet him.
    He'll live on through his work. I hope everyone continues to share their stories about him for all to soak in.
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  18. Erwin
    Joined: Dec 4, 2007
    Posts: 210


    Gary was among the top of the list concerning automotive craftsmanship/artistry. Good taste-plus. His work inspires.
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  19. krupanut
    Joined: May 4, 2001
    Posts: 1,619


    Thanks for this Ryan.
    You nailed what Gary was.
    Real, kind, talented, sincere...

    Too much loss latley.
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  20. Doc.
    Joined: Jul 16, 2005
    Posts: 3,558

    Member Emeritus

    Godspeed Gary.
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  22. NoSurf
    Joined: Jul 26, 2002
    Posts: 4,277


    Terrible loss. Great words Ryan. So sorry for all my Austin pals to feel the heartbreak. Hopefully you all will all be able to get together soon and celebrate him and his life as Steve said.

    Met him for the first time at Salina Kansas KKOA show, when BobK introduced me back in '05[​IMG] . Then got to see his shop at the LSRU a couple years later. Always got a chance to chat with him at the KKOA shows and see his stuff, especially that one year when all the Texas guys brought a bunch of his cars up. Such a great guy.
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  23. Bad way to start the day seeing news like this. Gary was a great customizer with an eye for clean style. Another great is gone. I can feel the sorrow you have in your heart right now @Ryan and we all share your loss.
    My deepest condolences to Gary's family and friends. Vaya con Dios, Mr. Howard..........E
    Last edited: May 8, 2019
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  24. buzzard
    Joined: Apr 20, 2001
    Posts: 4,335

    Alliance Member

    I'm not sure what other words can be said. I didn't know him as well as many of the Austin guys, but he was always so nice, humble, and willing to answer all my stupid questions about this car or that. His catalog of builds should stand on it's own to show that he was among the very best custom builders. He's my favorite. His builds are subtle, classy, and just "right". RIP Gary.
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  25. corncobcoupe
    Joined: May 26, 2001
    Posts: 5,974

    Staff Member

    Gary - Class / Cool / Artist .... Rest In Peace.

    Ryan.... hang in there brother.

    “ In a lifetime many people come and go in our lives. And yet most people will admit, only a handful you really let touch you, ( not by choice - it just kind of happens ) you let them in.....within you.”
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  26. Aw man, RIP Mr. Howard. :(

    Never met the man, but I spent a lot of time going over his cars at the Roundup a bunch of years ago. Simply outstanding workmanship and detail. It's sad that he's gone, but he left us some amazing cars.
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  27. Sad news to hear about his passing.. My thoughts and prayers to his family and the whole Austin crew.. RIP Gary..
  28. Chavezk21
    Joined: Jan 3, 2013
    Posts: 694


    Very sad news bout his passing. This is a very well written tribute to your friend/hero. This speaks bounds about your character, as well as his. Godspeed. My condolences to his friends, extended family , and family.
  29. engine138
    Joined: Oct 5, 2007
    Posts: 2,274

    from Commack NY

  30. OhioRiv
    Joined: Dec 27, 2007
    Posts: 287


    Beautiful tribute, Ryan.

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