Howard I. Tiffany, 96, a longtime resident of Colville, died Saturday April 6 at Cashmere Convalescent Center in Cashmere.
He was born Nov.6, 1916 in Vancouver, the sixth of seven children to Orrin Charles Tiffany and Almira May (Pierce) Tiffany. His family had a farm in Vancouver, where he grew up and was active in Boy Scouts (where he earned his Eagle Scout certification). After graduating from high school, he went to business college for a short time. He and some of his brothers worked at the paper mill in Camas and later did some logging with his brother, Jess, until Jess lost his eye from a metal sliver from the wedge they were using.
When World War II broke out, Howard enlisted in the United States Navy on Jan. 29, 1942. He served on the coast of North Africa as a harbor master until he got malaria and was shipped stateside to recuperate. He then was assigned to a ship patrolling the South Pacific and participated in the shelling of Borneo. He was honorably discharged with a Good Conduct Medal on Nov. 12, 1945.
Howard met his wife, Patsy Greene, during a ski trip to Mount Hood with the Vancouver Ski Club. They were married on August 14, 1948. At this time, he was working as an auto mechanic. Together they had three children: Katie, Rob and Sue.
In 1956, Patsy and Howard bought a resort on Curlew Lake from Patsy's aunt, Etta Perry Hawley. They owned Tiffany's Resort for over 10 years. The time at the lake was probably the highlight of Howard's life. While there, he built several new cabins and was a good businessman and affable host. But he also took time for fishing, hunting and water-skiing.
In 1967, the family moved to Pacific Beach, where they bought some land in hopes of building a motel. While he tried to finance the project, he worked for a car dealership in Hoquiam. Unfortunately, he was not able to get the motel idea off the ground, so they moved to Colville in 1969. In Colville, Howard worked for a chainsaw shop and later for the U.S. Forest Service as a survey crew chief. In 1972, he began building a new home, which he finished a year later. This was the experience he needed to begin a construction company (Tiffany Construction) and build homes on spec. He built nine homes-- one a year for the next nine years. Howard retired at the age of 65.
Howard and Patsy were avid square dancers, and Howard even learned to do some calling, especially the singing calls that allowed him to share his beautiful baritone voice. He sang many solos in the Colville United Methodist Church and was also in demand for weddings and funerals. They belonged to the Miss 'N Links square dance club, as well as the Square Wheelers, who took their RVs on the road to various square dancing events.
While living in Republic (Curlew Lake area), Howard was president of the Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Inland Empire Resort Owner's Association. He was actively involved in promoting tourism in the area through Panorama Land. In recent years, Howard was a member of the Eagles in Colville.
However, all these activities pale in comparison to his passion for outdoor activities. He was an avid and expert snow-skier, spending a minimum of two days a week at Red Mountain near Rossland, B.C. during the winters after he retired. He went helicopter skiing in the Monashees and Bugaboos of Canada almost every year, the last time when he was 90 years old. He continued to ski until three years ago. He learned to wind surf in his retirement and spent many hours with his sail board on Lake Roosevelt well into his 80's. He also loved to golf, fish, hunt and water ski. The summer after his 90th birthday he did a tandem jump out of an airplane!
Howard is survived by his daughters, Katie (Bob) Haney and Sue (Tom) McGrath; son, Rob Tiffany (Nancy); seven grandchildren, Jeff Haney, Stacy Ferney, Betsy Duchesne, Jody Lenius, Jared Tiffany, Megan Magrath, Brian Magrath; 11 great-grandchildren, Evan, Corinne, Isabel, Samantha, Isaac, Olive, Eliana, Liam, Ian, Cameron and Payton.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Patsy, and four brothers, Charles Tiffany, Harold Tiffany, Jess Tiffany and Everett Tiffany; two sisters, Dorothy Camets and Dorcas Resleff.
A memorial service of commemoration to celebrate the life of Howard I. Tiffany will be held on Saturday April 20, 11 a.m., at the Colville Community Church (930 S. Elm St., Colville).
Memorial contributions may be made in Howard’s name to the Colville Food and Resource Center, 210 S. Wynne St., Colville, WA. 99114
Ward's Funeral Chapel of Leavenworth is in charge of the arrangements.