Mr. Howard John Sinclair Pelham April 1, 1928 - December 11, 2008 80, Halifax, passed away December 11, 2008, in the VG Site, QEII. Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late Edwin and Elizabeth (Coleman) Pelham. Howie retired from C.N.R. after 35 years of service as pipefitter. He was chairman of the Pipefitters Union for 15 years. He was an avid reader, crib player and bowler, belonging to the 400 Club. He is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Rachel (LeBlanc), formerly of Joggins; brother, Arthur (Janice), Truro; sister, Madeline Prowse, Cranbrook, B.C., as well as 23 nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sisters, Mary, Anne, and Doreen; brother, Harold. Cremation has taken place. Memorial mass will be held 11 a.m. Monday in St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church, Bayers Road, Halifax, reception to follow, burial will take place in St. Peter's Roman Catholic Cemetery, Herring Cove. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.