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Joan Ward

Joan Ward

Friday, February 14th, 2020
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WARD, Mary Joan
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Joan Ward (nee Lawlor) on February 14th at the Ottawa Hospital in her 89th year. Born December 21st, 1931 in Saint John NB, Joan was predeceased by her parents Helen Gillis and William Lawlor. For 57 years the beloved wife of the late Colonel Ozzie Ward, and loving mother of John (Diana Chang) of Vancouver, and Michael (Patricia Maloney), Anne (Robert Miller) and Beth (Alain Denis) all of Ottawa. Predeceased by sisters Catherine Nugent and Maureen O’Neil; and brothers William; Laurence; Gregory; Gerald; and Peter Lawlor. Cherished grandmother of Christopher (Sierra); Alexa; David; Adam; Ryan; and Michael Maloney; and great grandmother of Jack. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. A dedicated military wife, Joan left Saint John in search of adventure and made many lifelong friends on our nomadic journey and many postings to such exotic locales as Soest Germany, Petawawa, Shrivenham England, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Chaffey’s Lock in support of her family. She was the cornerstone of our tight-knit, resilient family and was always there to help us adapt to those frequent disruptions. Joan lived stoically and courageously with Rheumatoid Arthritis for over 40 years, and never let it diminish her faith, nor get in the way of a fulfilling life, and a passion for golf and CFL Football. A devoted nurse, who graduated from St Joseph’s Hospital, Saint John NB in 1953 she was a pillar of strength and compassion for her patients, friends and family, and to numerous underprivileged children throughout the developing world in whom she took an active interest and sponsorship. We are especially grateful to the staff of the Ottawa Hospital for their kindness and unwavering support throughout Joan’s brief illness. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 1758 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa on Friday 21 February at 11:00 a.m. Visitation from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Rite of Committal at Beechwood National Military Cemetery, Ottawa at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations made to the Ottawa Hospital or the Arthritis Society would be appreciated by the family. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Scotland Funeral Home, 27 Main Street, Elgin Ontario K0G 1E0 613-359-5555 or at www.scotlandfuneralhome.com
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  • Visitation

    Friday February 21st, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Friday February 21st, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
    1758 Alta Vista Dr.
    OTTAWA, ON K1G 0G6
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday February 21st, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday February 21st, 2020 11:00am
    Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
    1758 Alta Vista Dr.
    OTTAWA, ON K1G 0G6
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Posted at 11:19am
To John, Mike,Beth and Ann: Hilda and I send our deepest condolences to you and your families on Joan's passing. We know she will be greatly missed by all of you. I have so many fond memories of your Mom, especially the early days growing up in Saint John. We were together so much that I thought of her as my older "sister". May you be comforted by all the memories you will carry forward in your generation. now that the Lawlor family of my generation has now been re-united. A memorial donation will be made to The Ottawa Hospital in Joan's name. God Bless you and provide a measure of comfort. The Lewis Family

Anne Marie Ahearn

Posted at 05:32pm
We are very sorry to read of Joans passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you, at this difficult time.

The Leahy family in Saint John NB

Gloria Comeau

Posted at 11:08am
Gloria Comeau , President St Joseph's Nurses Alumni

On behalf of St Joseph's Nurses Alumni I want to extend our sympathy on the passing of Joan. A donation has been made to St Joseph's Hospital Foundation in her memory. She will be remembered at our annual mass in May.

Margie Fisher Nugent

Posted at 07:44am
So sorry to hear of the passing of Joan. She was an amazing friend to me and always made me feel like a part of the family. I know she will live on through all of you. My thoughts and prayers are for John, Mike, Anne and Beth today.

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