Captain Howard Mansell
Sadly Howard passed away on 3rd August 2019 after a long brave battle with cancer. My sincere condolences to his family, friends and former colleagues. Howard was a popular member of the BCAL fleet and served on BAC 1-11, B707, DC-10 & B747 aircraft, eventually becoming part of the training fleet.

Howard Remembered

From John Fairclough
Howard left the R.A.F. to join BCAL in 1975 and was a respected figure to all who knew him. He married Pella, whom he had met as a cabin attendant and they had two beautiful children, Amy and Matt.

When British Airways merged with BCal in 1988, Howard took the decision to leave the company and furthered his career in Oman, Anchorage, Amsterdam and Singapore. He continued to exercise his training skills up until the end in simulator work.

He will be especially missed by me as a true friend and I saw him up until the end and greatly admired his courage and resolve, refusing to give up until the very end. Pella tells me that last Friday and Saturday (2nd / 3rd Aug) were happy days and Howard passed away peacefully.

From Angelica Malins: So sad to hear this -Howard was an absolute Gem - condolences to his family xx

From Brian Clarke: How very sad to read this news. RIP Howard.

From Terry G Saward:  RIP Howard.

From Caron Phillips: RIP my condolences to his family and friends

From Valerie Armstrong: RIP

From Anne Marie Dunn:  How very sad. Thoughts and condolences to Pella and family xxx

From Linda Boyle: How sad, I am so sorry. My condolences to his friends and family.

From Coreen Wilcox
So sorry to hear this. I did a lot of trips with Howard...always fun, the life and soul of crew parties. My condolences to Pella, his family and friends. RIP Howard

From Barrie Rawlins
: Howard was a great guy and always good company, my thoughts and condolences to Pella.

From Brenda Mills: Oh no..... Sincere sympathy to Pella and family. Howard was great fun to fly and ski with xx

From Doug Anderson
I'm so sad to read this and to be honest I wish it was "Fake news". My sincere condolences to Pella and family..... xxxx

From Tony Cutting
Lovely chap always fun to be with and a fine pilot and captain our condolences to his family and many friends in aviation

From Beryl Mason: So sad to hear this, my condolences to Pella and the family.

From Jan Brincat: Such sad news. RIP Howard. Condolences to all family & friends

From Amanda Pugh: Sad to hear this news rip Howard.

From Patricia Nightingale: Very sad too young to die.

From Joanna Dyckes
: RIP in the great crew room beyond condolences to his family

From George Banks: So sorry to hear this news my condolences to his family

From Reed Purvis: Oh we had so many fun times

From Ann Roberts: I’m so sorry to hear this he was a true gent & a real play to fly with my condolences to his family x fly high Howard

From Rosie Stockwell: Sad news.... Such a decent chap.

From Jeanette Clark:
Shocked to hear this sad news had many a great trip with Howard my thoughts are with his friends and family at this sad time .., fly high Howard you enjoy your crew parties with our other Angels

From Christine Jegu:  I remember him well! How terribly sad! RIP.

From Iona McKay
So sad to hear this news, he was a very special person, always had the crew’s best interests at heart and was an exceptional member of the flight crew. Condolences to Pella.

From Frances Firmin Very sad news, a lovely lovely man, such fun to fly with. Condolences to his family and friends.

From Frank Brejcha
Oh my Goodness, that is shocking news. I feel stunned .....I knew Howard through a mutual friend when he was still in the Air Force and then later our paths crossed in BCAL. Such a great guy and I'm so sorry to hear such sad news, taken far too early. My sincere condolences to all his family and friends, they too must be feeling even more devastated. RIP Howard.

From Tricia Riley: So sad to hear this news. He was a real gentleman

From Carol Morgan: So sad he was such a lovely man

From Joy Old
This is really sad news. He was such a good laugh on the few trips I did with him. My condolences to his family and friends. He was one of the good ones. RIP Howard.

From Deborah Rowlands: Such sad news......deep condolences to his family

From Nikki Mitchell
How very sad, such a great guy and always such fun to go away with. Sincere condolences to Pella and all his family and friends.

From Alan Reeves: Sad news indeed, RIP Howard

From Joy Twigg: How sad, what a shock. All our thoughts go out to Pella and family.

From Claire Vickers: Ivan and I are both very sad to hear this news!! Sincere condolences to all his friends and family !!

From Denny Gaskell
:  I, too, am very very sad to read about Howard. A truly great guy. RIP.

From Rosemary David Whitten: Sorry to hear this. Condolences to his family.

From Julia Perry: Sincere condolences to Howard’s family.

From Marianne Vermeer
I am so sorry to hear this sad news. I knew Howard well. Used to bump into him in Tesco. My condolences to Pella and family.

From Mike Jeffs: Sad news, RIP Howard

From Hazel Austin
That really is tragic news. I am so so sorry to hear this. Howard was one of the kindest funniest gentlest and sincere people I have been lucky enough to know well. Pella and he made such a beautiful couple she must be devastated. God bless you Howard. May you rest in peace

From Chris Yardley
We were friends and colleagues in BCal and, like a few others, we both left B.A. shortly after the takeover, for pastures new. Our paths converged again about six years ago at Boeing LGW where we have worked from time to time as instructors on the 787. Howard was a fine airman, a good friend and a thoroughly good bloke. It was a pleasure and a privilege to have been his friend.

From Lesley Peacock: Such sad news. Condolences to Pella, family and friends. Howard was a very special man.

From Dolorsmaria Vila-mills:  Very sad!! My condolences to his family...May you R.I.P Howard

From Kim Widdup:  Oh how very sad, he was such a lovely man - will be missed so much. Condolences to all his family

From Sarah Norman and Andrew
We were so very sorry to hear the sad news. Howard was a true gentleman, one of the nicest guys I have had the pleasure to know.  He was a true professional on and off the aircraft. Truly a lovely man. Our thoughts are with Pella, Amy and Matthew.  RIP Howard

From Angelica Malins: RIP Howard - such a gentleman

From Ian Corby:  So very sorry to hear about Howard!! Good friend! RIP

From Diana Evans: Very sad to hear, RIP Howard. It was a pleasure flying with and knowing you

From Avril Milne: Totally shocked at hearing the sad news of Howard. My condolences to dear Pella and to all his family and friends.

From Loz Allan
I’m so very sorry to learn of Howard’s passing away. As with many others in BCAL, I have fond memories of Howard. We both joined the training team on the 1-11 at the same time and I really enjoyed working with him and respected his talent and ability. I’ll also value the memories of the laughs we had - which were many. My sincere condolences to Pella and God bless. RIP Howard.

From Martyn Gurton: Howard was a gentleman and a friend. Very sad news.

From Jim Stott: Great chap, had a few beers with him over the years. Condolences to his family and friends

From Jane Gorely (Siegel)
I am so sad to have heard about Howard.  Such a wonderful and kind gentleman.  My sincere condolences to Pella and family.

From Penny Brentnall
I’m so sorry to hear about Howard, he was such a pleasure to fly with and my sincere condolences go to Pella and the family.

From Ian Newton and Phil Holt
How sad we were to hear about Howard, a great Captain both on and off the aircraft. Thoughts going to Pella and family.

From Jacqui Radley: Such very sad news....Howard was a very special guy! Thinking of you Pella and Family.....stay strong!

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Condolences also extended by:

Dave Thaxter, Jim Williams, Kris Massie, Richard Church, Caron Phillips, Dave Phillips, Graham Lambert, Jenny Thomas, Ian Cue-Holland, Fran Cox, Marjorie Anglesea Jackson, Trevor Warburton, Riaz Butt, Richard Friend, Michela Pasta, Roger Moore, Liz Rogers, Austin Wynn-Hayes, Trevor Tommy Gunn, Paul Richards, Coreen Wilcox, Jim McWeeney, Laurie Evans, Cherry Perkins, Elizabeth Figueiredo, Doug Ledingham, Malcolm McCluskey, Mandy Mayne, Alan Flower, Christine Jegu, Pauline Chemney Facey, Reed Purvis, Joy Old, Martin Haines, Jo Hewitt, Mandy Lenanton, Peter Barry, Judith Oliemans, Fee Flea,

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Service details

Howard's service was held on 21st August 2019 at St Andrew and Mary the Virgin Parish Church in Fletching, East Sussex.

The family kindly invited Howard's friends and colleagues to join them in celebrating his life

The Captain's Playground from Pella Mansell

Myself, Amy and Matt would firstly like to say thank you all so much for coming to Howard’s memorial service last August. It was a hugely emotional day for us and it was so lovely to see so many familiar faces there and afterwards enjoying a drink or two at the Griffin, which Howard would have so loved.

The donations that were given towards the charity FRANCO, that helps disadvantaged people in South Africa and was close to Howard's heart, surpassed all our expectations. We asked FRANCO to keep their eye out for a cause that helped young vulnerable children, and as fate would have it they were approached by a school in the township whose playground was deemed unsafe and needed upgrading. I am very proud to say that we were able to support the school and the playground has been upgraded with part of the funds from Howard's memorial. The children are now happily playing in a safe and happy environment, which is now lovingly referred to as the ‘Captain's Playground’. Attached are some images that Amy took when she visited the school and children in South Africa last month. We are currently having a plaque and a sign commissioned in loving memory of Howard.

I would like to thank you all once again for all your generosity to the charity and to thank you all for your lovely tributes to Howard - an amazing husband, father, pilot and friend.

Best wishes, Pella
British Caledonian - A Tribute