Howard Alexander Koch

Passed Away May 18, 2022
May 24, 2022 14 Condolences Print Obituary

It is with sadness that the family of Howard Koch announce his peaceful passing on May 18, 2022, with his family by his side after a battle with cancer.

Howard will be lovingly remembered by Donna, his wife of 34 years, children Brendan (Brittne), Ryan (Jennifer) and Katie (Ryan), grandchildren Donhaven, Logan and Kiya, siblings Kendra (Blain), Bruce, Jim (Peggy) and Blair as well as numerous extended family and close friends.

Celebration of Howard's Life 
2:00PM - 6:00PM Monday June 6, 2022
Double Tree by Hilton
16615 109 Avenue Edmonton, AB

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to S.T.A.R.S or the Canadian Cancer Foundation, in Howard's memory.

  1. So sudden, so sad and still hard to comprehend. To Howie’s family, extended family, coworkers and friends from our family we send our sincere condolences.

    Please know that our hearts are heavy and we are grieving with you …
    In thoughts and prayers …. as ever and always ….love and hugs …

    Sherlane, Adele/Dave, Logan, Tanner
    Corben, Claire, Isaac, Ethelsa, Clarke

  2. Howard – My friend, adopted brother, best man, roommate, colleague, alibi and someone special to many people. Thank you for being part of my and my family’s life.
    Thank you Donna, Brendan, Ryan, Katie and you as well Holly for sharing him with us and the world.

    Love

  3. Our condolences to the Koch family. Howard was an excellent Paramedic and good training Officer. He was a great mentor to EMS and Stars. I will cherish the memories we had with The EFD.

  4. I am very sorry to hear of Howie’s passing.
    He was not only a source of wise council for me but also a mentor when it came to taking care of people.
    To his Family ; as you know, he was a passionate caring man that was did his job very well.
    We lost a good one.

  5. It was with great sadness that I learnt of Howie’s passing as I had a close friendship and work relationship both at ERD and while Chief of the Mayne Island FD. Howie came on two occasions to teach my staff Technical Rescue. I last saw him here in Europe when he was in Austria playing with an old timers Hockey match. it was a nice experience talking over old times. I am sure he was much missed on his retirement from ERD and even more now by his wife Donna and the children to whom I pass my sincere condolences. Rest in Peace Howie !!! Boomer.

  6. It is terribly sad, when we lose a person who helped us along in our life’s journey. Howie was this type of person for me. It is a gift to have had a mentor like Howie. knowing the pain of loss I can imagine how much you’ll miss him. I share the loss and sadness you feel right now. Rest in peace Howie

  7. My deepest condolences to family and friends. This one hit me hard; Howie was a trusted friend, mentor and climbing partner. I will always cherish the memories of our many adventures together. Although a consummate professional in all he did, Howie’s true gifts were his caring and supportive nature to those around him. To the family, just know how much Howie meant to so many people, myself included. Rest easy Howie, and thank you to the family for sharing him with the world.

  8. Howie – one of my favorite STARS paramedics and humans in the world. Working with Howie for 8 years at STARS and you always knew you were going to have great conversations, get amazing hugs and hear great stories. I’m so saddened by the loss of this wonderful man and I’m sending all my love to Donna and family during this very difficult time.
    I hear his laugh, I see his smiling face and I know that he is up there having the time of his life watching his family and friends.
    You will be deeply missed my dear friend, rest in paradise.

  9. Howie was truly such a compassionate, caring and wonderful human being!
    We are so very lucky to have had Howie as a next door neighbor for 30+ years.
    Will miss his big smile (rarely saw him without it), the smell of campfire smoke (from his backyard fire pit) and all the sounds coming out of his garage (when he was working on a project).
    Sending all our love to Donna, Brendan, Ryan, Katie and their families and of course Holly.
    We are most sure that Jenny and Tango are already showing him the ‘ropes’.
    Rest In Peace Howie!

    Donna, Dave and Sandra

  10. My deepest condolences to family and friends.
    Howie was an impressive man, who help me so much!
    He will be greatly missed!

  11. My sincere condolences to the family as well as to the many people that Howie touched in such a significant manner. I had the opportunity to work along side Howie while at the EFRS Training School, working with the recruit program for many a recruit class. A truly dedicated individual in his field and a mentor to many. Howie’s life was far too short but he had a enormous impact on those he touched during his time with us. Take care.

    Al Cooke EFRS Sr Captain (ret)

  12. My sincere condolences to his family, the world has lost a wonderful person. Howie was truly loved by all, a friend to all, a true professional. Personally he welcomed me with open arms at STARS on day 1, he put the fun in work. His smile was infectious and he was a true professional. I am sure Howie is sitting on top of a mountain looking down on us with a smile. He will be missed, Rest in Peace Howie.

  13. So sorry to hear of Howie’s passing. He was a dedicated professional with an uncompromising approach to his work. I was lucky to have known and worked with him. My condolences to his family and friends.

  14. Very sorry to hear of Howie’s passing. He was an incredible person and great mentor. I know his life was filled with joy and adventure, we were all lucky to have been able to share in his approach to life, work and caring nature. He will forever be in the memories of hundreds of firefighters.

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