Howard Reil

Howard Reil

1936 - 2021

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Obituary of Howard Reil


The family of Howard C. Reil of Ryley, AB are saddened to announce his passing on November 24, 2021 at the Tofield Hospital at the age of 85 years 7 months. He was born in the Tofield area on April 14, 1936.

 He will be greatly missed by his wife of 60 years and 10 months Inez (nee Hardy) Reil; his sons Scott (Margaret) and Colin (Linda); his daughters Kerry (Philip) Bednarski and Leanne ( Darcy) Monteith ;  nine grandchildren Janine (Dylan) Bednarski, Amanda (Jeremy) Bednarski, Tristan (Amanda Rae) Bednarski, Justin Reil, Miranda(Andrew) Vert,  Coltyn (Breanne) Monteith, Brook Monteith, Kolby Monteith, and Victoria Reil.  The apples of his eyes were his 15 great-grandkids, Makayla, Jared, Arianna, Karissa, Makenna, Alana, Cee Jay, Austin, Kaylee, Ava, Parker, Sofia, Seth, and twins Egan and Inez. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Doug Hardy (Trish), and sister-in-law Sharon Mason; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and many cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents Ezra and Lena Reil; and infant brother Ezra Keith.

Howard farmed the land that his great grandfather had bought when he emigrated to Canada. Howard was proud of the fact that seven generations of family worked, walked or played on this land.  He was forced to quit farming because of asthma but was happy to be able to work for the County of Beaver as a grader operator; a job he loved and did well.

Health issues again forced him to retire but he still remained on the farm and he was delighted that he had time to be with the grandchildren and later great-grandchildren.  Howard loved music, and bluegrass, country , and gospel music were a constant in his home.  He played guitar and loved to sing and play for his friends and family. He was finally able to watch the kids play basketball, volleyball, soccer, and figure skating. He even went to Christmas concerts.

He was a mechanic, carpenter, plumber, electrician, and all around handy man.  He enjoyed going for coffee with “The Coffee Group” until his cancer and covid forced him to stay home. He is now at peace and will remain in our hearts forever.

In keeping with Howards wishes a private family inurnment ceremony will take place on a later date at the Ryley Cemetery. Cremation has taken place. Memorial donations may be sent to:  Haying in the 30s, Cancer Support Society, Box35. Mallaig Ab T0A 2K0 or to the charity of one’s choice.