Death of Margaret Rostron Howman

Apr 27, 2003
Dear All Sad News I am afraid:

HOWMAN, Margaret nee Rostron, Peacefully in Truro Cornwall on 10th July. Daughter of the late Sir Arthur Rostron - Commodore of the Cunard Line - Captain of the RMS Carpathia for the Titanic rescue. Wife of the late John Howman British Airways Corporation Test Pilot - survived by sons Michael and Roger and Daughters Jackie and Jill - Nearer my God to Thee.

Margaret was a friend of mine of many many years - Brian

John Clifford

Mar 30, 1997
My condolences, Brian.

I hope that Ms. Howman shared many wonderful stories about her father, with you.

BTW, how old was Ms. Howman?

Inger Sheil

Feb 9, 1999
I'm sorry to hear that, Brian.

Was it Margaret who told that wonderful story about her father's enthusiasm for bonfires? It was so beautifully humanising.
Apr 27, 2003
Dear Inger,
Yes indeed its always sad when someone you know passes on.
Margaret did tell me about her fathers passion for bonfires - on his retirement from the sea he purchased a big house on the outskirts of Southampton in West End Road - the story goes that he had the garden laid out as a ship with the 'Bridge' being the garden shed from where he (Capt R.) controlled everything and supervised his beloved bonfires - it was (then) a leafy rural suburb of Southampton so there was plenty of material for him to burn - about 20 years ago I had permission to look round the garden and the shed was still there and traces of the layout could still be seen - I looked very hard but found nothing at all connected with the White Str Line or Cunard! I have often thought of going back with a metal detector.
Best regards - Brian

Patty Miller

Jan 10, 1998
To Brian Ticehurst,

My condolences in the passing of Mrs. Margaret Howman, daughter of Sir Arthur Rostron. I know
you were a good friend of hers and my prayers are
with you and her family, in this time of sorrow.
I will always treasure the letter you sent me,
Brian, of which she wrote of her father's book.
Again, my sympathies are with her family as well
as with you. Sincerely, Patty Miller
Sep 26, 1999
I was shocked to see that Margaret Houseman (or is it Howman as the Commutator has her name?) passed away on July 10. She is one of several people that I had planned on writing a letter to but never got around to it. From all I have read, she seemed like a very nice lady who didn't mind sharing her stories of her father.
May 6, 2011
Dear Mr Ticehurst, I am also sorry to hear of
Mrs Howman's death. Some year ago, someone disputed Captain Rostron's sighting of a sea creature in Sea Breezes and she wrote a letter to the magazine to say Captain Rostron did see something that day. I wrote backing her up, saying there possibly could be some creature thrown to the surface by some mishap and not all sea creatures have been documented. She sent a letter of thanks to me.

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