The Arizona Republic

Richard John Howard


- – On Tuesday October 9, 2018, our very own piano man, Rich Howard, played his final note on Earth. During his time here he inspired so many with his musical talents: as a Capitol Records recording artist with The Bob Meighan Band; later as a playwright producing multiple shows including “Pyramid Chamber” and “Cowboys in Love”; as an entertaine­r in clubs and restaurant­s; and through his tremendous contributi­on to the senior population of the Valley of the Sun with the ballroom dances he played for over 35 years - he literally moved people!

Also known by so many as “Hank Plow”, he was quick to hand a buck and a prayer to any person in need of solace and to take time to listen to the heartbeat of Mother Earth through saguaro cacti. His willingnes­s to show up helped many individual­s refrain from a lethal drink during his 24 years of sobriety in AA.

He was every kind of artist and his artistic pursuits will live on through his children: Zeke, Jonothon, Katherine, and Jimmy. He is also survived by his mother, Helen Howard, his brother, Bob Howard, his life partner, Laurie Hayden, and the mother of his children, Kathy Howard.

A Celebratio­n of Rich’s Life will take place at Spur Cross Stables, 44029 N. Spur Cross Road, Cave Creek 85331, 4 – 6:30pm on Sunday October 28, 2018.

Visit www.richhoward­ for details, to RSVP, and to make an optional donation in lieu of flowers to assist with costs for the celebratio­n.

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