A Tribute to Howard Paster
Howard Paster (1944-2011)
When Howard Paster died in August of last year, his army of friends and colleagues shared two dominant emotions: a huge sense of loss; and infinite gratitude for having known him.
Bill and Hillary Clinton were among them. He’d worked closely with both. “We will remember Howard for his passion and candor and his dedication to public service,” they wrote.
Howard Paster had been part of WPP since 1989 – for the last decade with responsibility for all the Group’s public relations and public affairs interests, and for much of that time as a member of the WPP board of Directors. Extensive though that responsibility was, Howard’s influence was greater still. The multitude of tributes that followed his death painted a remarkably consistent picture of the qualities with which he was blessed and which he so liberally shared.
Here is just a fraction of those tributes.
“A good man.” “One of the finest men I’ve ever met.” “His integrity, compassion and deep love of his family were inspirations to all of us.” “Always the person to turn to for advice.” “We will all miss Howard’s knowledge, great wisdom and kindness” “A compassionate man.” “He was as insightful a business guy and generous a human being as I have known.” “Wise, kind, expert, polite and always helpful.” “A wonderful man.” “A great guy and a wise counsellor.” “We’ve truly lost a remarkable man, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism and perseverance will live in our hearts forever.”
“Howard has been our colleague, friend and trusted advisor for almost a quarter of a century”, said Martin Sorrell at that time. “He really is irreplaceable.”
As we extend our sympathy to Howard Paster’s family, we thank them profoundly for having shared him with us.