It is with great sadness that the family of John David Ward announces his passing on Thursday, July 22, 2021, at the LaVerendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances with his wife by his side.
He was born on July 24, 1943, in Quebec City. His father was in the Air Force and his family moved frequently, spending time all over Canada and overseas. His favourite childhood memories revolved around his time spent with his Grandmother in Beamsville, Ontario on the family farm. He loved his time there and would often talk about picking peaches in the orchards. He was united in marriage to Jean Edith Steeves in 1965 and went to university in Ottawa to become a teacher. In 1976 he was ordained into the ministry of the United Pentecostal Church. He pastored his first church in Beaverton, Ontario, and later moved to Picton, Ontario to teach in a Bible College. Their travels brought them to Fort Frances in 1982 where they settled for good. He taught French in several schools for many years as well as Pastored. He enjoyed reading, taking correspondence courses, preaching and wrote curriculum for the United Pentecostal Church. He was passionate about Boy Scouts and was a Boy Scout leader when his boys were young for several years.
David will be greatly missed by his wife Jean; children Wendy Wiebe (Brian), Sean Ward (Rosanne), and Jeremy Ward; David is also survived by 14 grandchildren Brianna, Bethany, Benjamin, Dimitri, Shaylynn, Dontae, Demera, Joshua, Rachel, John, Emily, Josiah, Levi and Gabriel; great-granddaughter Briella; his mother Arleen Ward and brothers Doug Ward (Sue) and Stephen Ward (Marion); as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father John Hobbs Ward.
A public visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 28, 2021, from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, Ontario.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions a private service will be held on Thursday, July 29, 2021.
The pallbearers will be grandsons Benjamin Wiebe, Josiah, Levi and Gabriel Ward, son-in-law Brian Wiebe and honorary grandson Mike Dubois.
If friends so desire, donations in memoriam may be made to United Pentecostal Church North American Missions at give.upci.org.
The funeral service will be live-streamed at https://www.facebook.com/summerside.upc/
Online condolences may be made in care of www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com.