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WARD, Ronald William Passed away peacefully on March 17, 2011. Born May 24th, 1938 in Bedford, England. Ronald trained as an audio engineering technician. At the age of 18 he emigrated to Canada. Independent, creative and enthusiastic about the opportunities the country offered in his field, he soon founded the firm of Ward-Beck Systems, makers of the highest quality audio consuls, sold to TV and radio networks around the world. Ronald insisted on the best in anything he undertook, but unlike many perfectionists he was also a man of exceptionally warm and generous nature. He could make friends with almost anyone of any age or calling and his entertaining and helpfulness were as remarkable as his consuls. Ronald sold his business in 1995 and moved to Victoria where he started a new exciting venture "Ronald W. Ward Antiques & Fine Art " on Broad St. He pursued his passion for fine wines and his homes were like small bistros in which, almost nightly, Ronald worked meticulously at the stove to a background of jazz and friends at the table. Ron was a good jazz drummer, a fine photographer and enthralling story teller but his greatest talent remained his ability to connect warmly with people. He is survived by his family in Australia, his daughter Karin, son-in-law Aaron and his 2 grandsons Zac & Dylan. His family and friends extend heartfelt thanks to the staff who provided such wonderful care to him at the Royal Jubilee Hospital and Selkirk Place. A memorial will be held for him at a later date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Greater Victoria Eldercare Foundation, 1454 Hillside Avenue, Victoria BC, V8T 2B7. Online guest book at 621052

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Published in The Times Colonist from Mar. 25 to Mar. 26, 2011.
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May 24, 2011
Today I nurtured my garden and planted flowers. I thought of Ronald. He loved flowers.

Later in the afternoon, I watched and listened to Aretha Franklin on the Oprah farewell show. I thought of Ronald. He loved music and took me to my first Aretha Franklin concert at Massey Hall. It was amazing.

And once again, I thought of Ronald and realized today was the 24th of May. Ronald's birthday and I could not call and say Happy Birthday Sweetie.

Your old friend, Pamela
April 17, 2011

Oh Sweet Memories of Ronald Ward, a.k.a. Panda Baby.

Ronald loved playing country of origin whether it be dinner at Ron’s Famous Bistro or at our home on Chestnut Park. A bottle of vino would grace the table, all wrapped up in foil and Ronald would ask: “Country of origin please?” Oh sweet memories.

Ronald, wearing his famous white bathrobe & black leather slippers heading down Chestnut Park to enjoy Jorn’s delicious Sunday morning crepes out on the patio. Oh sweet memories.

Birthday parties, too numerous to mention, his on the 24th and mine on the 26th and others, always celebrated in such style, such grace. Oh sweet memories.

Our trips to Dalhousie to feast on lobster and clam chowder. Excursions to vineyards in Niagara, to sample unique wines and photograph everything. Oh sweet memories.

Oh, so many sweet memories. Yes, Ronald loved life, loved people, enjoyed exquisite food, fine wines, photography, antiques and great jazz! More important … we loved Ronald and will treasure the sweet memories.

Sincere condolences, with love and sympathy to Karin and her family,

Pamela, Jorn, Kirsten and Danielle Iversen [formerly of Chestnut Park in Toronto].
April 9, 2011

A Tribute to a Remarkable Gentleman
The Measure of a Man
Not, “How did he die?” but “how did he live?”
Not, “What did he gain?” but “What did he give?”
These are the units to measure the worth
Of a man as a man, regardless of birth
Not, “What was his station?” but “Had he a heart?”
And “How did he play his God-given part?”
Was he ever ready with a word of good cheer,
To bring a smile, to banish a tear?
Not, “What was his church?’ nor “What was his creed?”
But “had he befriended those really in need?”
Not, “What did the sketch in the newspaper say?”
But “How many were sorry, when he passed away?"
With love from “Your Fan Club”
Victoria & Toronto
Christel Neumann
April 9, 2011
"Ron, "Your 1st Prized Rose, Victoria 2010"...

Ron's 1st Prized Rose! 2010

Adieu, my special friend!
Ron, you told me not to cry, but I do.
“My Victoria” has changed forever without your
“cheery smile” to greet me!" We have enjoyed an amazing friendship for over 30 years in Toronto and Victoria and I feel deeply consoled that I was there for you during your last difficult months on this earth.
The value of our friendship cannot be measured and will remain in my heart forever...
Rest in peace, my trusted friend...
I will do what you have asked me to do.
You have touched so many lives with ever-lasting memories...
I thank you for mine.
I will miss you!
Christel Neumann
April 6, 2011
Memories of Ron and our fun times together will always put a smile on my face. He was a kind man with many special gifts and talents. His love for all things beautiful was shared with everyone he came in contact with. I'll miss you, Ron!
Angela Neumann
April 6, 2011
"uncle ron" taught me gratitude and beauty. His appreciation for both is a lesson I will remember always. A generous spirit that maybe gone but not forgotten.
paul neumann
April 5, 2011
Dearest Ron..
Twinkly eyes, rosy cheeks, loved to laugh, gourmet chef, loved all things beautiful, amazing photographer,lovely friend. I will always remember Ron's kindness in bringing me "homemade soup" from his kitchen Spring of 2010 just before he left for Australia. Kind, caring, generous; someone who knew the value of being a friend. Ron loved his family & friends. My most heartfelt wishes to Karin & family in Australia. Your Dad was a gem. He will be missed..
Love & blessings always, Lee-Ann
Lee-Ann Erickson
April 4, 2011
A friend is someone who walks in the room when everyone else walks out...That was Ronald to will be missed my friend!

Paul Large
Paul Large
March 29, 2011
Hi Karin:
I was sad to hear of your dad's passing. It has been many years since we enjoyed his company and hospitality when you lived across the road on Sonata, but he made a lasting impression. He was a kind, intelligent and feisty person. I often think of you (Muffin) and your Mom (Pat) and hope you and your family are well. Please send your mom our special regards.
Anne Isenberg
Anne Isenberg
March 28, 2011
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
Christel Acton
March 28, 2011
The best Dad in the world, you will be always in my heart, I will always remember the amazing times we spent together travelling. Such a wonderful, loving, generous person. Your friends and family will never forget you. your spirit will always live on in everyone who was lucky enough to know you.
Karin Kelly
March 27, 2011
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
Victor MacLeod
March 26, 2011
To awonderful person who is keeping the heavens alive with hie drums and laughter
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