Robert Ward

Obituary of Robert Ward

Ward, Robert David – Bob, age 75, died peacefully on July 12, 2017 at 10:24 p.m. in the ICU at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. His loving family spent the day with him listening to his favourite music, sharing stories and playing cards. He is survived by his wife Diana, son James and granddaughter Kelly, and daughter Kathy (Jeff Turner) and granddaughter Miya. He will be remembered by his sister Elaine (Bill) Cessford and their daughters Laurie (Gord) and Christy (Ari) and families (Caleigh, Lucas and Evan). He will also be remembered by sister-in-law Susan Vance (pre-deceased by brother-in-law Earl) and nieces Cheryl (Matt) Brough and daughter Juliet, and Liza (Matt) Hamm.

Bob was born on April 30, 1942 in Winnipeg to Charles and Rose Ward and grew up in Weston on Gallagher Avenue. Bob and Diana married on October 15, 1966 and then moved to Fort Frances when Bob was transferred with Canada Packers as a sales rep. In 1968 he moved back to Winnipeg and changed jobs to work for Price Wilson. He was transferred to Calgary in 1973, then to Edmonton in 1975 and finally to the Toronto Head Office in 1981 as Merchandiser, National Accounts, settling in Milton.

A big sports fan, Bob grew up playing football, basketball, hockey and curling and loved attending pro football and hockey games. He also coached his son in soccer and was a hockey referee. He loved to cook, especially Asian cuisine and his famous ‘shish-ka-BOBs’. Bob was a great dancer, especially with Diana as his partner to their beloved 50s and 60s rock & roll.

Battling incurable leg ulcers, Bob had a double amputation in 1995, but that did not slow him down. He would often be seen around Milton on his scooter. He may have been disabled with many ongoing health challenges over the years, but he always faced it with dignity, courage and humour.

Bob was Diana’s best friend – they recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary – and a wonderful husband, father and granddad. He was instrumental in helping to form Faith United Milton, a supportive and loving church family.

Bob is loved and fondly remembered by his family and all who knew him. His family sincerely thanks the many doctors and nurses at Sunnybrook, Milton and Oakville hospitals who cared for Bob.

The family will receive visitors at J. Scott Early Funeral Home on Friday, July 21 between 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., followed by a celebration of his life on Saturday, July 22 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Milton District Hospital Foundation.