Former Paynesville City Mayor and Deputy Head of Microfinance and financial inclusion unit at the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), J. C. N. Howard, Jr. died on Friday, June 1, upon arrival at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital, a family source told the Daily Observer. He was 67.
Mr. Howard was said to be in good health before the incident but was reported to have had heart-related conditions.
John Wesley Howard told the Daily Observer that his late father never complained about any illness that morning. “What I do know about is that my father has a heart problem,” he said.
Howard said his father told him he was going to meet his lawyer, Cllr. Freddie Taylor on 17th Street and after that successful meeting with him he was trying to make his way back home, when a policeman went to his father’s aid, because nobody knew what really had happened to him in his car.
He said that based on his doctor’s advice his father (J.C.N. Howard) was asked to get a pacemaker for his condition but he did not follow up the advice to get one. Pacemaker is implantable electronic device to regulate an individual’s heart beat rate, or the part of the normal heart muscle that initiates the electronic impulse culminating in cardiac contraction.
Mr. Howard said he could not tell whether his father died from heart attack as he awaits his doctor’s report.
Mr. Howard was born on August 10, 1951, and held a BSc. Degree in Economics from University of Liberia. He also graduated from the St. Patrick’s High School.
Howard, Jr. worked with the then Ministry of Planning and later took up an assignment at the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), where he served for 10 years in various capacities. He was retired in December 2016.
He also served as a Former Financial Analyst at the CBL and was a Deacon at the Effort Baptist Church. Howard was the son Representative of Montserrado County and Mrs. J.C.N. Howard, Sr. Mr. Howard, Sr. was for many years Commissioner of the City of Paynesville. He built the modern Paynesville City Hall.
His father was a real estate magnate who built many homes in Paynesville, and at least one apartment and office complex in Central Monrovia.
Adjacent to the Paynesville City Hall was Mr. and Mrs. Howards Senior’s homestead. It is now known as Crown Hotel.
Mrs. Howard, mother of the late J.C.N Howard was the sister of the late prominent Liberian, Allen H. Williams. Mr. Williams served in the Tubman administration as Commissioner in the then Sanniquelle District, Nimba County. He was later named secretary of the Department of Defense and secretary in the Department of Interior.
It was during Mr. Williams’s tenure as Commissioner of Sanniquelle District that the Sanniquelle Conference was held in 1959, hosted by President W.V.S Tubman and attended by Ghana’s Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah and Guinean President Ahmed Sekou Toure.
The other eminent Liberian officials who participated in the historical Sanniquelle conference, fore-runner of the Organization of African Unity, now African Union (AU), was Jackson F. Doe (murdered during the Civil War).
Mr. Doe was then the principal of the Sanniquelle High School, and he delivered the welcoming address at the Sanniquelle conference.