Charles “Peter” James Ward
was born on January 10th, 1926 in Vernon, B.C. and died very peacefully on December 1st, 2014 in the Vernon Jubilee Hospital, one month and one day after Betty’s death, his wife to whom he was married for 68 years.
Peter is survived by his six children, BettyAnne (Les), Marie, Patty (Jim), Michael (Susan), Susie and Diana (Mike); twelve grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and so many friends. Besides his wife Betty, he was also preceded in death by his siblings, Wallace, Yvonne, Larry, Steve and Pearl and one great-grandson, Cameron Davis.
Peter was a teacher and activist for his entire life. He enjoyed skiing, travel and especially water activities. He taught thousands of students in Springbend, Grindrod, Enderby and Armstrong. As an activist, he got on the radio to ask that people not dump their garbage in the rivers. This was in the 1950s, before it was a popular notion. He organized school bands and sought instruments from wherever he could find one, cleaned it up and then gave it to a child who would otherwise not have learned the joy of playing music. After retirement, he took up writing and has had several stories published.
A Prayer Vigil Service will take place at St. James Catholic Church on Thursday, December 11th, 2014 at 6:30 P.M. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the Church on Friday, December 12th, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Father Dale Normandeau celebrant. A Reception will follow in the St. James Parish Centre.
As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Peter to the North Okanagan Hospice Society, 3506-27th Avenue, Vernon, B.C. V1T 1S4 or the Drs. McMurtry & Baerg Cancer Centre, 2101-32nd Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 5L2.
Funeral arrangements have been made with
BETHEL FUNERAL CHAPEL LTD.,
5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5