A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Amigone Funeral Home, 8440 Main St., Clarence, for Ernest F. Howard, 56, a farm owner and horse trainer who operated a program for inner-city children on his land for almost 20 years.
Howard died Saturday (Jan. 20, 1990) in Millard Fillmore Hospital after a brief illness.
Born in East Dixfield Maine, Howard graduated from Winterport High School in Maine and later received his bachelor of science degree in agriculture from the University of Maine.
He came to the Western New York area in 1961, when he began to work as an animal trainer for Acadian Farm in Clarence Center.
In 1976, he founded Liberty Farm in Akron. It became the site of the Fresh Air Kids Program. The program, which operated in addition to a day camp at the farm, allowed inner-city children from New York City to experience rural life.
Howard was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a judge for many area horse shows and a member of the East Aurora Driving Society.
Surviving are his mother, Leona Howard, and a brother, Keith Howard, both of Norridgewock, Maine.