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JOHN RAYMOND WARD Peacefully at Lakeridge Health, Oshawa, on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 in his 83rd year, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Dearly loved husband of Blanche. Dear father of Julie Daoust (Yves), Robert, Martin, Duncan (Denise), Pamela Van Dyk (Peter) and the late Linda Ward. Step-father of Jeff Thomson (Kim) and the late Jill Thomson. Predeceased by his sister Marion and brother Newton ("Bill"). Grandfather of eleven and great-grandfather of three. Fondly remembered by sister-in-law B.J. Richmond (Bob), nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends. Born in Manchester, England, John was an amateur boxer and mechanic. In 1957 he immigrated to Canada with his first wife Pauline, eventually settling in Markham, Ontario. He managed an Esso service station and later established Ward Bros. Motors and Continental Cars, all with brother Bill. For the past thirty years he worked in commercial real estate sales. He was active in Kiwanis, loved being on the golf course, enjoyed classical music and ballroom dancing and was an animal lover. He will be remembered as an "eternal optimist", also for his friendly and giving nature, love of family, and wonderful sense of humour. Visitation at Barnes Memorial Funeral Home, 5295 Thickson Rd. N., Whitby (905-655-3662), 7-9 p.m. Friday, July 18th and 2-3 p.m. Saturday, July 19th. A service to celebrate a life well lived will be held in the Barnes Chapel on Saturday, July 19th at 3 p.m., with reception to follow. In memory of John, donations may be made to the R. S. McLaughlin Cancer Centre, Oshawa, or Second Chance Wildlife Sanctuary, Pickering. Messages of condolence may be offered at

Published in the Toronto Star on July 12, 2014