Philip R. WARD
August 13, 1926 - March 31, 2019
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Born at Barnet, England, died peacefully on Salt Spring Island, BC.

Survived by his beloved wife, Denise of 54 years & his daughters: Carol Kelly (Phil Kelly) & Nancy Ward (Lawrence Warriner) and Grandchildren: Greg, Michelle, Alyssa, Doug & Avery Kelly.

Philip's passion for the arts framed his career as the foremost museum conservator in Canada. After military service in WWII, Phil trained as an art teacher beginning his career at the British Museum in London. He moved to Canada in 1966 with his Canadian wife, Denise. There he founded the Conservation Program at the British Columbia Provincial Museum, (Royal British Columbia Museum) overseeing some of the early work preserving First Nation's totem poles. Phil also developed & taught the first university Museum Conservation course in Canada at the University of Victoria. Phil then took the position of Director of Conservation Services at the Canadian Conservation Institute in Ottawa. He wrote nationally & internationally on topics related to artifact and cultural preservation and their importance to the world at large. In his own words "miraculous experiences when the ancient past almost literally speaks to us. ... Magic!"

In retirement, Phil returned to British Columbia to enjoy time with family, his extensive garden, beloved pets as well as painting. He will be remembered as a warm & generous man; always with a story to tell and a pipe in hand.

Thanks to the Greenwoods Complex Care Facility

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Published in The Times Colonist from Apr. 20 to Apr. 22, 2019.
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April 24, 2019
It was good to have known Phil for most of his career at the Royal B.C. Museum. We had many interesting discussions on areas of common interest. I have been here at the Museum for 48 years now, so I am one of the few people left that remember Phil.
Grant Keddie
April 22, 2019
Sincerest condolences to Nancy, Carol (and families), and to Mrs. Ward. We're thinking of you, and hope that your memories of such an exceptional man will offer you great comfort in these difficult times.

With sympathy,
David & Kirsten
Kirsten Ross
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