WARD, Dr. James 83, passed away peacefully on February 1, 2013 in Victoria, BC. He was born on July 24th, 1929 in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England to Thomas and Norine (James) Ward. Jim married Doreen Watson in 1949 in Rotherham. They were happily married for 63 years and had two sons, Steven James and Andrew Rennie. Jim is survived by his son, Andrew and daughter-in-law Marian; sisters-in-law Kathleen Ward and Jean Jessop; niece Pauline Adams and nephew Martyn Ward. Jim was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Doreen, son Steven and his brother Max. Jim attended Rotherham Grammar School on a scholarship. He attended Sheffield University (Bachelor of Arts), University of Birmingham (Diploma in Child Psychology), London University (Diploma in Psychology) and Manchester University (Doctor of Philosophy). He was a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Jim's work as a teacher and child psychologist took the family to live in many parts of England. In 1971, he brought them to Canada when he came to teach at the University of Victoria. They returned to England in 1973. Jim's appointment as the director of the newly established Special Education Centre at MacQuarie University took Jim and Doreen to Sydney, Australia where they lived until his retirement to Victoria, BC as Emeritus Professor. Jim had many interests: he led a jazz quartet as pianist; as a youth he played billiards well enough to occasionally be sponsored. He enjoyed long walks; collecting antiques (especially clocks); talking to people; was a voracious reader; loved watching films, any sports, and shared his son's passion for the Toronto Blue Jays. Jim also enjoyed wine, dancing, travelling and was a keen member of the Victoria Union Club. As his son, I will remember Dad as the most clever, self-effacing, humanitarian man that I have ever met. I believe that he was a true citizen of the world and that his research and his passion for his field have benefitted the study of child psychology greatly. He was a warm, loving father to me and wonderful husband to my Mum, whose loss he never recovered from.
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Published in Victoria Times-Colonist on Feb. 9, 2013