ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Howard Oddy. We will remember him forever.

His life was devoted to the NHS. He was kind, considerate, compassionate and professional.

Words are not enough at this very sad time.
Posted by Neil Savage on September 6, 2021
So very sad to hear of Howard's passing. Worked with Howard in Gloucestershire and while 2gether NHSFT provided MH/LD services in Herefordshire too. What a truly professional, personable and capable Finance Director he was. Lovely guy too, with a great sense of music. Deep condolences to friends and family.
Posted by Sophie Coster on August 18, 2021
Returning from maternity leave to this awful, awful news is just heart-breaking.

Such a lovely man, so friendly and supportive. There are just no words.

Sending much love to Howard's family, friends and colleagues.
Posted by Anne-Marie Scott on August 6, 2021
Just heard the news. Very sad to hear that a man dedicated to helping the lives of others and supporting his NHS colleagues has gone. Sending condolences to family and friends. Rest in peace Howard
Posted by Bernard Crotty on July 23, 2021
So sad to hear this news. I knew Howard from our Industrial Relations tutorial group at Leeds Uni in 1983. Paths crossed frequently in the NHS plus plenty of football discussions. His commitment to the NHS shone through.
Posted by Jude Leavens on July 21, 2021
Howard was a very kind hearted person and he was always up for a chat at any point of his jam packed day and even if he was stressed he would always have a smile and was up for a laugh, he will be hugely missed through out and my thoughts go out to his family in these hard times.

Rest in Peace 
Posted by Ruth FitzJohn on July 19, 2021
Howard was a funny, calm, kind, clever man who loved his family and had profound respect for his colleagues and the people he served. I have posted some memories in the Stories section so here I will just say we were lucky to know him.


Rest in peace Howard
Posted by Lucy Flanagan on July 19, 2021
I can't seem to find the right words, I am devastated to be writing this. Howard was such a kind and gentle man. He was so much more than a finance director and I miss his smiling face, our daily chats and having someone I could go to, to ask the numpty question - I am still waiting for you to answer my economics question Howard !!

It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Howard, I am sorry we didn't get chance to give you the farewell you deserved. Sending love to your wife and children.

Rest in peace dear colleague and friend x
Posted by Simone Pennie on July 17, 2021
Howard was a complete professional who led his team and collaborated with colleagues with empathy, humour, technical expertise, courtesy, resilience and patience.  I was very fortunate to work with him in my first NED role at Wye Valley as he guided me through the complexities of NHS Finance. My thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at such a sad and unexpected time.
Posted by Dee Walker on July 17, 2021
As with so many I am one of the privileged who got to work with this wonderful man.
What a loss - there are not enough words to honour this kind, funny, endearing man. Good Bless you Howard.
Posted by Peter Saunders on July 16, 2021
Just heard this sad news. I knew Howard for over 20 years working alongside him in Gloucester and Hereford. One of the nicest people I have ever met. Gentle and supportive and with a great sense of humour. Will never forget the banter we had as Liverpool and Everton fans. A true gent who I will sorely miss. Taken before his time.
Posted by Steve Snead on July 16, 2021
I'm totally stunned to hear this dreadful news; I sit here shocked and unable to quite believe it.  I had the pleasure of working alongside him for several years and found him to be a true gentleman and I know that he will be sorely missed.

RIP.
Posted by Natasha Owen on July 15, 2021
I am truly gutted to be writing this message.

It was a privilege to work with Howard. I will miss catching up on the occasions we were both in the office. Howard always had time for even the most trivial of queries. He had patience and respect for all his colleagues. He took time to get to know me and always asked about family and how my little boy was doing. I will miss the wise words of parenting advice.

Howard thank you for your support and guidance and the laughs along the way. We were all so lucky you had touched our lives.

Rest in Peace x
Posted by Jayne Clarke on July 14, 2021
I am so sad to hear this awful news. Howard was the kindest and most compassionate gentleman. His dedication to the NHS and WVT was inspirational. I learnt a great deal from him and I wish he had longer with us. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones.
Jayne x
Posted by savita kale on July 13, 2021
Very sad to hear the news. Howard was very helpful and supportive with ideas to improve ENT services. He was always polite and a true Gentleman.
He will be missed.
my sincere condolences to his wife and his family.
Posted by Emma Jackson on July 13, 2021
Rest in peace Howard.

My thoughts are with your family at this sad time.
Posted by VAL JONES on July 13, 2021
Howard was always a gentleman and took time to speak to everyone. He would often pop into the office for a catch up to see how we were regardless of how busy he was. He will be sadly missed by us all.
Posted by helen pryce on July 12, 2021
Howard was a lovely, considerate gentleman, thoughtful and kind. He was very helpful and supportive with all the finance queries from the postgraduate medical centre and he will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to his wife and children at this very sad time.
Posted by Christine Short on July 12, 2021
Howard a lovely gentle man who always had time for everyone.
Thoughts are with your family at this very sad time
Posted by Carol Orchard on July 9, 2021
I'm reading all these tributes and Howard bet you would be shocked how much you had been loved and admired so much. You were an absolute star. You and Gillian were an absolute dream team. Best couple I have ever met. xxx
Posted by Bernadette Wood on July 9, 2021
What a lovely, caring and decent man you were. My life has been better for knowing you. I think of all the support over the years you gave to me and others. I hope you are somewhere peaceful and magical
Posted by Natalie Kenney on July 9, 2021
Rest in Peace Howard. Trust Headquarters is not the same without him, he brought happiness and laughter to all of us. My thoughts are with his family at this deeply saddening time.
Posted by Dan Corfield on July 9, 2021
I saw Howard for the first time in years last Autumn, in a masked queue outside a supermarket. We caught up only briefly but promised we would do so properly over a few drinks as soon as possible. I am devastated that we'll never be able to do that.

Howard recruited me into Cheltenham and Tewkesbury PCT in 2004, and was the best role model anyone could want. No matter what was going on he always had time, and kindness, to spare. He was a coach, a mentor, and set a standard as a compassionate gentleman who had a wonderful dry humour.

Howard always spoke of his family with love and affection, and my thoughts and prayers are with you all. He will always be a person I hold in the highest esteem, and will remember fondly for the rest of my life.

Rest In Peace, Howard.
Posted by Kate Hunt on July 9, 2021
I feel very privileged to have worked with Howard. Always professional but with a kindness, fairness and passion that it was always a pleasure. His brilliant sense of humour never failed to make me smile. A great loss. Thank you for all you support Howard and rest in peace.
Posted by Jo Clutterbuck on July 9, 2021
Can't quite believe I'm writing this. Howard was a such a lovely man to work with. Always kind and generous and a real gentleman even when he was delivering news you didn't want to hear!

Think of your family in these difficult times. Hopefully all these fantastic tributes will help.
Posted by Graham Hawkins on July 8, 2021
So sad to hear of his passing. I worked under Howard since he started in Hereford. Always had time to give even when he was 'up to his eyes' with meetings, deadlines, etc. He had a great sense of humor with a ready smile. He gave a fantastic retirement speech when I finished full time working. so kind and generous with compliments. Howard I'm so sorry you didn't get to enjoy your well earned retirement. Sending best wishes to his family.
Posted by Neeraj Prasad on July 8, 2021
Deeply saddened by this news. Howard was a gentle man who I knew through work, he always did all he could to help our hospital and all our patients.
God bless you Howard.
Posted by Sue Moody on July 8, 2021
I am so sorry to hear the news of your passing Howard

After your many years dedication to the NHS you deserved a long and happy retirement.
We all have many memories of you, mine mainly revolve around finance and football. Thanks for being so generous when Liverpool won again!

Best wishes to your family in these sad times
Sue
Posted by Suzanne Stephens on July 8, 2021
Howard was a truly gentle man. I had the enormous pleasure of working with him at Gloucester Royal Hospital. He had a quiet humour and a great sense of fun. 
The loveliest and the best of men. R.I.P. Howard.
Posted by Becs Gratton on July 7, 2021
I am so very sorry for the loss of such a genuinely good man. I wasn't lucky enough to have known Howard as well as those who write here, I met him when I joined the board of WVT as an ANED. I was always equally impressed by his kindness, his calming nature and his wry wit.
My sincerest condolences to his family and all those who loved him.
Posted by Nicki Millin on July 7, 2021
As with so many others I was shocked to hear of Howard’s passing. I worked with him in Gloucestershire in a number of different roles and organisations.
He really was a true gentleman, his smile and sense of humour appreciated on so many occasions. One of life’s greats, what a loss. RIP Howard.
Posted by Anna Pryce-Jones on July 7, 2021
Totally shocked and saddened to be writing a tribute to Howard who I worked with at Cheltenham and Tewksbury PCT. He recruited me and I remember laughing alot at the interview and subsequently! He had a wicked sense of humour and made work fun. My thoughts are with Gillian, James and Harriet . Howard talked about you all with such pride. He was a very humble and kind man and an inspirational manager. I feel lucky to have known him. 
Posted by Glen Burley on July 7, 2021
I have worked in the NHS for nearly 38 years and I don't think that I have ever come across anyone as kind, polite and professional as Howard. He always remained calm (on the surface anyway) despite all of the pressures of managing the finances of such a complex organisation. He always had a kind word, a sensible and measured contribution and could always deliver a killer punchline with the sincerest of expressions.
I am very lucky to have known him and to have benefitted from all of his qualities. My thoughts go out to his family who hopefully know how much he was loved and respected by us all.
Posted by Sarah Ingram on July 7, 2021
Howard always came across as gentle, calm and thoughtful, but with an inner core of integrity - someone you could completely trust, and a model leader. 

My thoughts are with his family and friends and hope they might draw some comfort by knowing how widely he was liked and respected
Posted by Rachel Webster on July 7, 2021
Not, how did they die, but how did they live
Not, what did they gain, but what did they give
These are the units to measure the worth
Of a person, regardless of birth.

Not, what was their church, nor what was their creed
But had they befriended those really in need
Were they ever ready, with a word of good cheer,
To bring back a smile, to banish a tear.

Not, what did the sketch in the newspaper say
But how many were sorry when they passed away

One of so many truly sorry Rachel x
Posted by fiona gurney on July 7, 2021
Howard, we all miss you so much. You are the kindest, most patient person I have met and worked with. You always had time and made time for people, putting them first before yourself. Sending big hugs to you, rest in peace. My thoughts are with your family at this very difficult time xxx
Posted by Ali Bolton on July 7, 2021
Howard once said to me that he wasn't good with numbers, I had tears running down my face because I was laughing so hard. His sense of humour was legendary, dry and quite unexpected.

I can find no words to express the loss of this truly lovely man. In my mind Howard is a gentle, kind, funny and forgiving guy, always ready with a smile....the sweetest of residing memories.

Rest easy, Howard x
Posted by Danish Jafri on July 7, 2021
I have learnt so much from Howard and like everyone have the utter most respect for him.

A few things which I will have always remember about Howard are;

a) The lovely smile
b) Being told off in meetings by him yet don't know you have been told off :)
c) The calamines in him (never seen by me in any DoF)

My prayers to his family and love ones.... a great loss indeed.
Posted by Tracy Hill on July 7, 2021
Howard mainstay of WVT …..

Always calm, caring and able to say so much through a twinkle of the eye....

Supportive, human, gentle and unflappable through the ups and downs of managing the WVT financial landscape .....

I cannot quite believe he has gone.....taken far too soon and I know many of us will shed tears of sadness xxx
Posted by Sarah Pahal on July 6, 2021
It is extremely hard to pay tribute to someone you had so much respect for in a few short sentences.

Whenever we spoke, the first thing you would always say was ‘how are you?’ - which completely sums you up.

I will be forever grateful for the encouragement, opportunities, support and friendship over the 13+ years I reported to you, I’m just so sorry it ended all too soon.

A true gentleman in every sense of the word.

Gillian, James and Harriet are in my thoughts.
Posted by Sarah Hammond on July 6, 2021
I am so sorry to hear the news of Howard’s passing. I worked with Howard in Cheltenham and always found him to be a true gentleman. A knowledgeable and kind soul.

My thoughts are with his family. RIP x
Posted by Andrew Cottom on July 6, 2021
It was such a privilege to get to know Howard and to work with him as a NED at Wye Valley. He was always generous with his time, wisdom and patience; always genuine in his professionalism and relationships. My deepest condolences to his family.
Posted by Heather Roden on July 6, 2021
Howard will be truly missed. I've had the pleasure of working with him over the past 12 years - in that time he has supported and encouraged my professional development and for that I will always be grateful. He would always make time for you and was genuinely interested in his team.

I will remember his humor, calmness, knowledge and integrity. He was a real gentleman and had a kind heart.

Howard was taken far too soon.

My thoughts are with his family. Rest in peace.
Posted by Mandy Newbould on July 6, 2021
Deeply saddened to hear of Howard’s passing. We worked together at GHNHSFT for several years. Howard was without question one of the nicest, most professional delightful gentlemen that I ever had the pleasure of working with.
A very great loss.
Rest peacefully Howard, my thoughts are with your family at this most sad time.
Posted by Lynda Taylor on July 6, 2021
I worked with Howard for a number of years at GRH and he was a wonderful boss. So calm and thoughtful and a real gentleman. So sad to hear this news and my thoughts go to Gillian, Harriet and James.

Lynda x
Posted by Frank Myers on July 6, 2021
Tall in stature, even taller in his professionalism, kindness and devotion to his teams. A really special man who will be sorely missed...but we can all be assured that the fond memories we all have will help ease the pain of losing him.
My thoughts to his dear family who will hopefully gain much comfort from these tributes.
Posted by Stuart Bailey on July 6, 2021
My thoughts and prayers, go out to Howards family and friends, at this very difficult time.
Howard was a real gentleman, consummate professional and well respected and liked colleague. I have fond memories, of Howard, over many years working with him on committees and work groups and he will be sadly missed.
God bless and rest in peace!
Posted by Mark Waller on July 6, 2021
I was privileged to have worked with Howard for 8 years during my time at WVT as a Non Executive member of the Board. It was a real pleasure to work with such a consummate professional. He would always ease the tension of difficult Board discussions with good grace and pithy insights, patiently explaining the joys of finance to those of us with a non-financial disposition. 

Howard was a good man. It was a pleasure to have known him, always big-hearted, gracious, generous with his time, patient, good humoured, wise and unflappable. My thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time.
Posted by Robert Cunes on July 6, 2021
Howard was a lovely chap. I was very sorry to hear of his illness, and not being able to enjoy a well-earned retirement. He was always good to work for and with.
Posted by Sarah Caldicott on July 6, 2021
Howard was the most gentle of gentleman
He was one of the most 'human' Finance Directors I have ever met
He always wanted to know about how things were for patients and clinically at WVT
He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered
Posted by Carol Orchard on July 6, 2021
I really don't know where to begin, this is not a tribute I was expecting to have to do and it breaks my heart; there are way too many words to write. Howard, I am so proud to have been your PA at Cheltenham & Tewkesbury PCT. It was an absolute privilege to have worked with you and although we worked hard we also laughed a lot. We were a great team and you the best boss I have ever worked with as well as a great friend (apart from when Man Utd beat Everton!). It seems so unfair that you have been taken from us and way too soon. A true friend is never truly gone, their spirit lives on in our memories. Thinking of Gillian, Harriet and James at this very sad time. Rest in peace Howard
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Posted by Neil Savage on September 6, 2021
So very sad to hear of Howard's passing. Worked with Howard in Gloucestershire and while 2gether NHSFT provided MH/LD services in Herefordshire too. What a truly professional, personable and capable Finance Director he was. Lovely guy too, with a great sense of music. Deep condolences to friends and family.
Posted by Sophie Coster on August 18, 2021
Returning from maternity leave to this awful, awful news is just heart-breaking.

Such a lovely man, so friendly and supportive. There are just no words.

Sending much love to Howard's family, friends and colleagues.
Posted by Anne-Marie Scott on August 6, 2021
Just heard the news. Very sad to hear that a man dedicated to helping the lives of others and supporting his NHS colleagues has gone. Sending condolences to family and friends. Rest in peace Howard
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Shared by Ruth FitzJohn on July 19, 2021
I first came across Howard in 1998 when he and I were on different NHS boards in Gloucestershire. I remember a quiet polite guy, competent with his brief and friendly to a new partner in the health community.
In 2002 Howard was appointed as Director of Finance to the newly created Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Primary Care Trust working with me as Chair and the lovely Caroline Fowles as CE among others. This PCT was one of only 5 in the whole country that were only ever rated as the top 3 star category and this achievement was considerably contributed to by Howard’s financial leadership. I really got to know Howard well during this 4 year period. His wry funny comments, gentle directions plus his profound understanding of financial detail and its implications stay with me to this day. This was a glorious happy ambitious team led by good people and I know Howard enjoyed being such an important part of it.
For a while, Howard had to cover as CE for a period of CE ill health including during the consultation to close Winchcombe Community Hospital. I have vivid memories of sitting alongside Howard besuited at a table on the hottest day of 2005 in a stifling village hall while about 300 men in shorts (every one of whom seemed a senior retired businessman who’d spent their working lives making change happened) argued with Howard and me about why it was essential that no change could be allowed to happen to their services. Howard took question after question after question - patiently and professionally listening, presenting facts, rebutting daft assertions and describing the actual choices that were possible. At the end we looked like someone had thrown a bucket of water at us, and Howard commented that he wished someone would. The CE of the NHS once commented to me that had been the best argued and best supported (in the end) community hospital change he’d ever known.
Howard’s integrity shone out of him. I remember a joint meeting of the three early Gloucestershire PCTs where we were sequentially voting on a series of service changes as we made collective decisions. There were probably 18-20 unanimous votes with only one dessention on one vote. Howard felt he couldn’t agree to one compromise decision to maintain a service because the numbers just didn’t add up. Howard was a good compromiser and a cooperative Director but he was never going to cross that line.
After 2006, Howard worked alongside me in the senior team as interim Director of Finance at Gloucestershire PCT before moving on. His signature style was calm and thorough in quite a tough team, and he made a real difference to establishing a financially sound way forward.
Howard and I next crossed professional paths in 2013 when my FT chair role took me into Herefordshire. It was lovely to see him again and share a few stories of survival over coffee.I was very pleased to see him happy in the Wye Valley role, even though I knew it was professionally challenging. 
I really liked Howard and always found him a pleasure to work with. He didn’t mind difficult questions - in fact I think he enjoyed being able to show his depth of understanding of his work. Howard was also great fun with a truly happy quiet presence in a team. Additionally I now know there is no better person on the planet to have in your quiz team.
Rest in peace Howard.

First Gig

Shared by Wendy Davies on July 13, 2021
Like so many others I have had serious conversations with Howard, and have also shared a few belly laughs.

When not talking work our discussions were mostly Everton or music related.

Howard once told me his first gig was to see the Sex Pistols (circa 1977)

Kudos to the man.

Despite the mismatch in timeline, the image I conjure is of a middle aged Howard in his Finance Director suit, moshing in the mosh pit to ‘God Save The Queen’…..
I’ll just leave that with you.

The only time I heard Howard swear

Shared by Richard Beeken on July 5, 2021
I worked with Howard for three years and never heard him swear.  He was the consummate professional and not in his nature from what I could tell.

I did, however know that the Trust was in trouble and needed to consider a strategic partnership with another organisation when, at our regular Monday morning 1:1 meeting, some time in 2016, Howard sat down, let out a long sigh and said:

"I've been looking at the finances, Richard and in my professional opinion, we are f***ed!"