DATE OF BIRTH: February 27, 1919

DEATH: 2017

PLACE OF BIRTH: Toronto, Ontario


Librarianship at various places: Fraser Valley Regional L, 1951-54; Middx. County L, London, ON; E. Kootenay branch, PLC, Cranbrook, 56-58; Peace R branch PLC, Dawson Creek, 58-72; FVRL, 72-81; Yukon Regional L 81-84.


Book Guy: A Librarian in the Peace (TouchWood Editions 2001)

BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS: Radar Mechanic, RCAF, 1941-45; Bachelor of Arts, 1946; B. Library Science, 1951; both from U. of Toronto. Married Clara Spall of Kelowna, 1948; four children (3 boys, 1 girl)now adults. Library columnist Peace River Block News, Alaska H. News, CJDC radio ("Peace River Library News") and TV host ("The World of Books")1958-circa 1970. Lead role in NFB documentary Journey From Zero 1962 and NFB Photostory 334, 1963. Founding editor of The Racer, newsletter of Can. Amateur Speed Skating Assoc (now Speed Skating Canada)1965-72. Winner of Can. Amateur Sports Federation award for "outstanding contribution in the sports bulletin field" in 1968. Ed. of BCLA [Library Assoc.] Reporter 1972-77. CASSA Hall of Fame member with wife. Track and field competitor at BC Seniors Games, 1989-92, 94-95.

At age 96, Howard Overend was working on another book while living in a retirement home in Mission. He died at age 98 in Mission, just after his birthday.

[BCBW 2015] "Local History"