Al Howard, who founded Howard Tire in Belmont, Calif., in 1962, died on May 3 at the age of 82. Under his leadership, Howard Tire grew to seven locations in the San Francisco, Calif., area, and also included one of the largest wholesale tire operations in northern California during the 1980's and early 1990's.
A native of Alameda, Calif., Howard opened his first store with the help of a $10,000 loan given by his maternal grandfather, which was repaid in 60 days. He eventually sold Howard Tire to Wheel Works in 1995.
According to his obituary, “Al lived a rich and diverse life that included traveling the country on railroad boxcars and hitchhiking, leaving home early at the age of 16 with only a $50 bill in his shoe."
He was "an ‘uncle’ and mentor to so many individuals in business and the local community. He was an amazing storyteller with an incredible memory for details. He was dedicated to his family and demonstrated an intense loyalty to friends over the years. He had a passion for his country and was active in the community.”
A U.S. military veteran, Howard served on the USS Segundo submarine for more than three years.
"As a mentor and patriarch of our fourth-generation tire family, you will forever be remembered for your honorable and highest principles," says Richard Howard. "Our entire family is forever grateful for building the foundation for our success."
Al is survived by his wife, Jane; two daughters, Jennifer and Allyson; two sons-in-law; four grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law; and nieces and nephews. A celebration of his life is planned for July 2020.