In memory of
Jerrold Mowat (Jerry) Ward
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In memory of
Jerrold Mowat (Jerry) Ward
Jerrold (Jerry) Mowat Ward, aged 87 years passed peacefully in a beautiful celebration of life at his residence, surrounded by family on Thursday January 12, 2017 in Thunder Bay, ONT. Jerry was born in Fort William, Ontario on August 21, 1929 to parents A'leita and Benjamin Ward. He was predeceased by his parents A'leita and Benjamin Ward; brother, James (Jim) Orman Ward; his son, Bradley Jerrold and his wife Susan Ward and great grandson, Jaron Robert Cooney. In 1953, Jerry married Alice Marie Potvin. In 63 years of marriage, they had eleven children; Vickie (Ivars) Argals, Sandra (John) Guthrie, Maureen (Peter) McCart, Jerry (Sheryl), Phillip (Lorna), MaryAnn (Gord) Kempe, Stephen (Mary), Rebecca (Andrew), Ruth (Jakub) Sisak, and Laura (Kelly) Campbell and were delighted in her 8th grade when Elizabeth nee Peters (Arthur) Moore joined our family. He is also survived by 30 grandchildren, and 23 great grandchildren. His children and his grandchildren were his highest achievement and they brought him his greatest joy. At 16 years of age, Jerry started full-time work with the CNR railway working as a switch tender. He retired as the Chief Clerk of the Neebing rail yard and entered the insurance field at age 33. He was highly regarded by his peers and achieved his Canadian Life Underwriters Designation (CLU). For 25 years, he worked for London Life and transitioned to Great West Life and then AON. With AON, he accepted the position of the regional manager and later sold his business and retired at age 71. He was a respected professional within the insurance industry, particularly with the Ashnishnawbe-Aski Nation and Police Service. He was an educator within the northern indigenous communities regarding the need for insurance for life and wellness. He left his professional career being recognized for his dedication, wisdom and service with several retirement and life time achievement awards. Throughout his early life he was an active member in the sport community of Thunder Bay. He assumed many positions including bat boy and coach in minor baseball and hockey leagues in Thunder Bay. Jerry also had a fulsome and active volunteer life in the community. He served as Chair of the Kairos Halfway House and the Northern Linkage Board. He also volunteered within his local parish, St. Patrick's Cathedral in a number of capacities. He was very involved with and passionate about helping those with addiction, in particular The 3'c Reintroduction Centre located at 226 Dog Lake Road, Thunder Bay ONT. The family would like to thank everyone involved in his care at St. Joseph's Care Group that helped make his wish of dying at home a reality. Thank you to Aaron Medd, NP and Christine RN, Trevor RN and Tyler RN from Paramed. A very special thank you to Superior Elder Care for the amazing team of women that made his final days a blessing; Sharmila, Barb, Debbie, Amanda, June and Jean. Words are not enough to show our gratitude. Jerry was a pillar of the community and always helped those in need. He was a devoted family man that loved life to the fullest, always with a joke and smile. He will be missed. A funeral mass will be held in his honour on Monday, January 16, 2017 at 11:00 am at St. Patrick's Cathedral (211 S. Archibald St) celebrated by Rev. Msgr. P.M. Stilla V.G. officiating. A private interment will be held a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Catholic Action Centre St. Vincent De Paul, 129 Miles St. E, Thunder Bay, ON would be greatly appreciated. Jerrold Ward will be remembered in the Blake Funeral Chapel Memorial Grove. Annual dedication service Sunday, June 10, 2018. On-line Condolences may be sent to www.blakefuneralchapel.com
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