It is with the greatest sorrow, and a very heavy heart and the deepest sadness that we have to let you all know that FIVA’s Vice President Memberships Howard Danino peacefully passed away yesterday at his home in Gibraltar, surrounded by his family. Howard Danino succumbed to a short but devastating cancer.
Howard was a stalwart of the Gibraltar Classic Car Club and he leaves behind a legacy of a thriving historic vehicle movement in Gibraltar. Not satisfied with his achievements in the local classic vehicle scene, Howard, in 2013 spearheaded the move to get the GCVA (Gibraltar Classic Vehicle Association) accepted as a full member of FIVA. At the 2014 General Assembly of FIVA the GCVA was accepted as a full member.
Howard was not one to rest on his laurels and he was soon lobbying to join FIVA’s General Committee. He was soon elected Vice President (Membership) with characteristic modesty. However, he was still not satisfied and lobbied within FIVA and the government in Gibraltar to host the annual FIVA General Assembly for the benefit of FIVA and Gibraltar. In November 2018 the General Assembly was held at the Sunborn Hotel. This event, as we all know, was a resounding success, attracting hundreds of delegates and spouses to Gibraltar.
Howard was also a member of the Gibraltar Commonwealth Games Committee and a leading light as a producer and thespian of the Gibraltar Amateur Dramatic Association. In short, Howard was a quiet leader whom FIVA will sorely miss. The massive hole he leaves for Betty, his widow, and his lovely daughters Elizabeth and Stephanie will be impossible to fill. A friend, husband, father, grandfather has left us but his leadership, stoicism, modesty, and commitment to his causes leave us a shining example of humanity.
We will surely miss him and his good work and we at FIVA have conveyed to his family our condolences.
His funeral took take place in the afternoon of the 2nd of April in Gibraltar.