Bishop Howard was born in Croydon on 3rd July 1927 and attended the John Fisher School in Purley. Following formation at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, Bishop Howard was ordained priest on 31st May 1953 at St Gertrude’s Church, Croydon by Archbishop Cowderoy.
Bishop Howard’s first appointment was at Blackheath, followed by a curacy at Our Lady Queen of Peace, East Sheen from 1956-1962 before becoming parish priest there from 1965-1971. Aged 38, he was the youngest parish priest in the Southwark Diocese. During his time at East Sheen, Bishop Howard was appointed Diocesan Covenant Organiser (1958) and Assistant Diocesan Financial Secretary (1962). He held both posts until 1968. From 1971-1980, Bishop Howard served as the Director of the Southwark Children’s Society.
On 30th January 1980, Bishop Howard was ordained Bishop of the titular see of Newport and Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark by Archbishop Michael Bowen, with responsibility for the South-West Pastoral Area. He served in this position until his retirement on 7th January 2004.
In more recent years, Bishop Howard was cared for by the Little Sisters of the Poor, where he was a much-loved member of the community. Bishop Tripp completed his earthly pilgrimage on Monday 3rd October 2022.
We entrust his soul to the intercession of our Blessed Mother. We pray that she will welcome him into a heavenly inheritance, where he will enjoy the fullness of peace forever.