Jonathan Howe

Jonathan Howe

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JONES COUNTY: On March 3rd, 2020, Jonathan Howe passed away in his home surrounded by his family in Gray, Georgia. Funeral services will be held at 10:00am, March 6, 2020, at Christ Episcopal Church in Macon with Rev. Cynthia Knapp officiating. A reception will follow at the church from 10:30am-11:30am and interment will be private at Riverside Cemetery.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Elizabeth (Bitsy), daughters - Eugenia Holliday (Mark), Poulsbo, Washington and Jennifer Schnarre (Fred), Springfield, Virginia; and granddaughters: Kate Wold (Alex), Seattle Washington, and Elizabeth Gregory, Poulsbo, Washington; Jonathan was born in New Haven, Connecticut to Walter and Jane Howe and grew up in Litchfield with his brothers Peter (Charlottesville, VA), Robin (Landrum, SC) and Timothy (preceded in death).

He attended St. George's School and Yale University, where he received his law degree. He was a member of the Society of the Cincinnati and the Metropolitan Club in Washington, DC. Jonathan spent his career combining his love of aviation with the law. He spent 20 years at the FAA, with his final assignment as the Director of the Southern Region in Atlanta. After the FAA, Jonathan moved back to Washington, DC to lead the National Business Aircraft Association before moving to Zuckert, Scoutt, Rasenberger, LLP. He and Bitsy enjoyed four years in Geneva, Switzerland, where he was Director General of Airports Council International. In 2008, Jonathan retired from the law firm and moved to Gray, Georgia. In retirement, he continued to enjoy many of his favorite activities -- ham radios, computers and gadgets, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Gray Memorial Chapel is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements for Jonathan Howe. Please visit our online memorial at
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  • Service

    Friday, March 6th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Friday, March 6th, 2020 10:00am
    Christ Episcopal Church
    582 Walnut Street
    Macon, Georgia 31201
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    Rev. Cynthia Knapp
  • Reception

    Friday, March 6th, 2020 | 10:30am - 11:30am
    Friday, March 6th, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am
    Christ Episcopal Church
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Posted at 03:33pm
Dear Bitsy, Jennifer, Genie, Kate and Elizabeth, I am thinking of each of you with love in this time of deep loss. I know you are all supporting one another, and I add my wishes for strength and faith in the days ahead. I will be ever thankful for the memories created over the years with all of you and Jay. Melanie

David Gamper

Posted at 07:38pm
I remember with affection working under Jonathan's direction while he was Director General at Airports Council International in Geneva, Switzerland from 1997 to 2002. I recall his constant enthusiasm for all things related to aviation and the role of the airport - especially the aircraft movement part of it. He always encouraged the staff to work with ACI's members and with ICAO, aircraft manufacturers and other aviation organizations, and there were many positive results from this engagement during his time as DG. On a personal note, I remember that he was a keen amateur radio enthusiast and his radio call-sign did double duty as his private e-mail address, too, which I thought was clever. I am sad that he is no longer with us, and send my condoleances to Bitsy and the rest of his family. David Gamper

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Posted at 12:21pm
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Posted at 12:16pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Posted at 11:00am
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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