It is with great sadness that we learn of the sudden passing of Howard V. Staff on Friday, June 27, 2014 at the age of 71.
Howard was the 6th generation to farm his family homestead, and was an industry leader in Lincoln. Howard was one of the longest serving members of the Grape Growers of Ontario, as a member of the Growers' Committee for 38 years, and a Board Director for ten years. In 1996, Howard was nominated Grape King by his peers. The Niagara North Federation of Agriculture awarded Howard a lifetime achievement award for exemplary contribution to the agriculture community. Howard was a major contributor to Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, and was president of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, and Vineland Growers Co-Operative. He has also been chair of the Lincoln Committee of Adjustment and Jordan Historical Museum as well as a commissioner of the Niagara Escarpment Commission.
Howard is survived by wife Wendy Staff, daughter Sue-Ann Staff son Howard Andrew (Drew) (married to Dana Staff), grandchildren Connor and Caitlin and other family members.