Tributes to Honiton’s ‘larger than life’ Steve

PUBLISHED: 11:00 22 April 2016 | UPDATED: 09:13 25 April 2016

Steve ‘Bungy’ Howard.

Steve ‘Bungy’ Howard.

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Tributes have been paid to a beloved Honiton father who lost his year-long battle with cancer, leaving the community shocked by the tragedy.

Tributes have been paid to a beloved Honiton father who lost his year-long battle with cancer, leaving the community shocked by the tragedy.

Steve ‘Bungy’ Howard, who was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome in April last year and then later leukaemia, died on Monday, April 11.

The father-of-one, who was 
born and bred in the town, seemed to be on the road to recovery after a bone marrow transplant in November 2015, but he unexpectedly died at Exeter Hospital.

Steve’s wife, Theresa Howard, said they believed her husband’s body and immune system, after the chemotherapy, stopped being able to cope when he caught the flu.

Mrs Howard said Steve, a hay and straw lorry driver, was known for always being friendly to everybody, for being larger than life, outgoing, kind and fun-loving.

She said he made friends everywhere he went and was going to be sadly missed.

“Everybody knew him – if you were in a hurry, you didn’t walk with Bungy – he always stopped to have a chat. He just knew everybody, you couldn’t even go on holiday without him seeing someone he knew.”

Chloe Howard, Steve’s 15-year-old daughter, also paid tribute to 
her father on Facebook. She said: “You were taken from us far too young. Thank-you for everything over the past nearly 16 years, you’ve made me a very proud daughter and I know you’ll always be right by my side. I shared so many memories with you that I will treasure forever.

“I hope they look after you up there, as you are the best dad anyone could ever ask for.

“I love you, I always have done and always will do - missing you already - RIP Daddy, my personal superhero.”

Steve Jennings, who had known Steve for around 40 years, added: “No matter how much of a bad mood you were in, he would always cheer you up when you bumped into him and I think a lot of people would say that – he was a character and true gentleman.

“He will be sadly missed by everyone. Honiton is in quite a bit of shock at the moment,”

The funeral was held on Thursday, April 21, at St Paul’s Church, in the High Street.


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