The roofing industry is saddened by the loss of Commercial Roofers Inc. Owner William "Scott" Howard, who passed away on Dec. 24, 2020 at the age of 63.

Howard was a third generation roofing contractor whose family business, Howard Roofing, started in the Las Vegas valley in 1959. The family sold the company in 1986, and Howard stayed on with successor Universal Roofing/Bryant Universal, where he was a project manager, a unit manager for Las Vegas, a regional manager and eventually general manager. On Nov. 1, 1996, he and Dennis Conway bought the assets of NRC Universal and renamed it Commercial Roofers Inc. 

"Scott's legacy will continue at Commercial Roofers," the company stated in a Facebook post. "Indeed he was a man of great faith and tremendous love of family, and he will be profoundly missed by everyone whose lives he touched."

Howard's life was marked by a service for others that was paired with endless generosity. Howard was a trustee with the Oral Roberts University, in Tulsa, Okla. where he received his bachelor’s degree in business, where he was later acknowledged as 2014 Alumnus of the Year. Howard was board treasurer for Convoy of Hope, and was so inspired and touched by its work that he committed his time and energy to traveling worldwide, impacting countless lives through his service with the organization. 

Among his industry involvement throughout his lifetime, Howard was an active member of Reflective Roof Coatings Institute, National Roofing Contractors Association, Western States Roofing Contractors Association, Vegas Chamber of Commerce, Nevada Roofing Contractors Association and Nevada Contractors Association. He was a graduate of the Chamber of Commerce’s “Leadership Las Vegas” program, chairman of the Las Vegas City Impact Foundation, treasurer of the Las Vegas Ferrari Club and has served in the past as a trustee, chairman and treasurer for the Desert Southwest chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and a trustee of the Las Vegas Metro Police Neighborhood Watch.

Howard loved the adventure of traveling with his family, had a passion for fast cars, loved being active — cycling, basketball, boating and scuba diving were his favorite activities. Howard's greatest life accomplishment was his family, marrying his wife, Janet, in 1982 and going on to have three children: Angela Hutchins, Lindsay Howard, William Sean Howard, and “adopted” daughter Kapka Prunty; and five grandchildren: Cassidy, Dylan, Parker, Christian and Lincoln.

If you would like to make a contribution in honor of Howard, the following charities were most dear to him: City Impact Center and Convoy of Hope