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Peter Ward

WARD, Peter - January 30, 1920 - March 24, 2012 Perhaps one could say he died of a broken heart, for that is the situation Dad found himself in after being evacuated from his beloved Delta Marsh home last May, during an unprecedented flood of the entire hamlet. Perhaps you could say he was ready to rejoin our mother Joyce, to whom he felt closer than ever at Delta since her passing. However it happened, he is gone from us, and we were not ready. Unfinished painting on the easel; his memoirs written over the past year or so, waiting to be published, precious memories of the growing-up years at Delta, his time in the Air Force, first as a pilot instructor in Davidson, SK, and then as a Squadron leader stationed in York, England; memories of his part in the development of Delta Waterfowl and Wetlands Research station and the study programmes conducted there for thousands of students; talk of fishing with his brother Russel and Bob, when the weather warmed up a bit more; another book yet to read to keep him informed of the world events around him. This sensitive and insightful 92 year old man had many plans for the future but this was not meant to be. Dad moved at the age of 6 with his parents Ed and Nellie Kate, who were coming across the frozen Lake Manitoba from Loch Monar, Manitoba, near Erinview, to work for the Bell family from Minneapolis. He lived the rest of his life surrounded by the marsh, and his life's work of paintings attest to how much he loved, understood and appreciated this life. His contributions to the world of wildlife, waterfowl, and art will not be forgotten. Predeceased by our mother Joyce (nee Mair) in 2007, his sister Eileen Edmonds, his brother Torry, brothers-in-law Hans Albert Hochbaum, Claire Cook and Art Edmonds, and nephew George Hochbaum and his wife Valerie, he leaves behind his daughter Jill Cross of Stillwater, MN and her children Peter Cross and his wife Lisa and daughter Anna, Miles Cross and wife Julie with children Max, Graham and Nina, and Betsy Cross and daughter Genevieve; son Peter Maxwell and wife Cheryl of Okotoks, AB and her daughters Keelee and Zoie, daughter Laurel Ward Black of Delta and her sons Scott and Jennie, and Alex and wife Andrea; Kevin of Delta and his wife Cindy Bluhm and son Chris; Miles of Delta and his children Julian of Alberta, and twins Mitch and Rachel of Winnipeg; and Jocelyn Ward of Winnipeg and her husband Grant Mader and son Benjamin. He is survived by sister Joan Hochbaum of Portage, brother Russel of Portage and his wife Wilna, sister Sheila Cook of Portage, sister Beulah Follett and her husband Jack of Edmonton, AB, and sister-in-law Joan Ward of Portage, as well as many nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place, with RON MOFFIT FUNERAL SERVICES in charge of arrangements. After a private family interment at St. Mary's Cemetery, a "Come and Go Tea" in celebration of Dad's life will be held April 14th at 2:00 p.m. in the Crocus Room, Herman Prior Centre. Because of the generosity of a benefactor, Dad was able to attend Art School in New York. He would be honoured if in his memory you would make a donation to the Portage and District Arts Centre in his name for a bursary to be set up to help a struggling artist in the future. "I have no quarrel with the life I've led, longer and freer than most. A better person I might have been, if a roadmap for such existed." -An excerpt from the Memoirs of Peter Ward, unpublished. 11186691
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So grateful to have Pete's memory
Posted by Deede and Oliver Dominick (Friends) On Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Can one ask for more than evenings spent with Pete in a duck blind at Delta waiting, watching, but mostly listening to his way of appreciating it all? We treasure the all-too-brief times shared with him. He certainly helped one have a clearer sense of many things. Being around Pete felt like truth the way a marsh wind does. Thanks for being an example for some of us to try for. Our hearts reach for all of you Wards in fathoming Pete's return to the marsh spirit.
Condolences to Pete's family
Posted by Ray Alisauskas (friends) On Monday, April 2, 2012
Pete Ward's life was rich with many family, friends and colleagues and he left a legacy that will remain in the hearts and minds of all who knew him. His passion and sincere love for the natural world was always evident whether through dialogue with him, his paintings, research and papers written. Sincere condolences go out to Peter's family for this great loss. Sincerely and with much respect,

Ray, Penny, Justin, Joseph and Andrea Alisauskas

Sorry to hear
Posted by Jay Michael Strangis (admirer--American Waterfowler magazine) On Sunday, April 1, 2012
I did not know Peter but knew of him and am sorry to hear of his passing. My regards to his family. A piece of North American waterfowl history goes with him and that is a loss to all. I had read with great interest the Winnipeg paper's story of the 2011 flooding and Peter's uprooting. The article, in terms of Peter's relationship to the marsh, seemed tremendously understated.
A great guy
Posted by Jim Brands (friend) On Friday, March 30, 2012
This a big loss to alot of us.In the last few years I have had the chance to get to know him. It has been an honour to be his friend. I will miss our fishing trip we talked about taking this year.
2:40 p.m.
Posted by Dr. Wesley Chen (friend) On Friday, March 30, 2012
Mrs. Joan Hochbaum

Sorry to hear the passing of your brother.Thanks for your assistance with the Portage Senior Citizens Choir. Currently I am really enjoying the life in this northern town.

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