Realize this: Howard's 'family' was his dogs, his training partners and the contacts he made at trials, on RTF and related sites. This means that those with whom he exchanged ideas on the internet were part of his extended family. Most of us who have trained with him for years have no idea who his real blood relatives were. It is really ALL of us who will miss him. He leaves a big empty place with the retrieving folks in AK and elsewhere.