Jeremy Howell Obituary

Jeremy (B1 1962-66) was born in Torquay and was the only child of Evelyn and Roy Howell.  He first attended the Abby School in Torquay from 1951 – 1953 and then moved to Montpellier Preparatory School Paignton from 1953 – 1962.

He arrived at Marlborough College in September 1962 and having spent a few terms in a junior house, moved to B1 where Michael Davis was the much respected housemaster.  He was a good allrounder and much liked and a valued member of the house and particularly excelled on the rugby field.

He then went on and was articled for 5 years with Harold Mitchelmore in Newton Abbot and attended the College of Law in Guildford.  He married Hilary in 1976 and had three children Camilla, Henry and William. 

In June 1972 he qualified as a solicitor and worked for 3 years at Braby and Waller, Fleet Street in London as an assistant solicitor undertaking general litigation.  He remained there until 1974 and the moved back to his home town of Torquay and joined Hutchings and Plum and made a partner in 1978 practising in general litigation and crime.  In 2001 Hutchings and Plum amalgamated with solicitors, Kitsons and he continued to specialise in family law until retirement in 2013.

He had many different interests including being Licensed as a Reader in the Diocese of Exeter in December 1989, holding the position of Lay Chair of the Deanery Synod.  He later served on Exeter Cathedral Council. He served as President of the Lions Club of Torquay in 1990.  He was a Trustee of many charities and held the role of school governor.  He was a regular attender of the Teignbridge U3A music appreciation group and Great Lives group.  He loved his garden, skiing holidays, and was a keen supporter of his local (Newton Abbot) and national (Exeter Chiefs) rugby clubs.  He spent many hours listening to his eclectic taste of music.  He took up sculpturing classes, and whenever he could was to be seen walking on his beloved Dartmoor. 

He contracted COVID in October 2022 which in turn became pneumonia and never recovered.  He was nursed and died at home surrounded by his family.  His last public appearance was attending the funeral and thanksgiving service of their youngest son William (37) who died in the USA of a diabetic episode.