David Oran Ward, March 30, 1951 – December 11, 2017.
David passed away quietly with his wife, stepbrother and sister by his side on December 11, 2017, 1:45pm. He knew his time was short and he was amazed at the love that was poured out to him in a constant stream of hospital visitors during the last two weeks of his life. Dave had a servant’s heart and was constantly looking after others right to the end, neglecting his own health and well-being in the process. He was tired. He fought the good fight, and it was time to go Home. Dave knew his Lord and he was at peace with leaving. His only concern right to the end was that Sue would be looked after.
Dave was born the oldest of seven children in Eugene Oregon on March 30, 1951 to Lorraine and Kenneth Ward. He was predeceased by his mother Lorraine, father Kenneth, stepfather Ralph, and two brothers Steven and Kenny. He is survived by his wife of twenty-six years Sue, as well as his children Kenny (Sarah) and Angela Ward and sisters Jody, Rebecca, Karen and Connie, as well as various aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family too numerous to mention. Both he and Sue have a special place in the Truscott family; having lived with Pat and Sue and watched Chris, Nate, Jeff, Ben and Mandy and now the grandchildren grow up. Dave loved the Truscott grandchildren as though they were his own, and wants Nori to know he is still looking down on her from heaven.
Dave was in the American Navy and often talked fondly of those days. He had made Canada his home, and he & Sue and Pat & Sue loved camping, fishing, hiking and the great outdoors, and loved to attend together various functions like the PNE, Flight Fest, Bluegrass & Gospel Blues festivals, Party in the Park, Chilliwack Car Shows, and the like. Birthdays, Christmases, Thanksgivings…Dave and Sue were always an integral part of the Truscott celebrations. One of the last functions he attended was Sue Truscott’s birthday party, for which he got a special pass out of the hospital.
There was a special magic about Dave. He knew EVERYONE and everyone was his friend. There was no such thing as “just” a cashier or a Walmart greeter or a Salvation Army volunteer or a Burger King or McDonald’s employee…he got to know them all by name and was always stopping to chat with them in the street.
Dave and Sue did everything together. Be it Walmart, or visiting in the park with friends, or even Sue just sitting and patiently waiting for hours while he worked at his grave-digging job, they were never apart. That’s how they liked it. They shared so many mutual interests, especially their dogs, who were their babies. So much so that when Dave passed away, his beloved Shasta pined away for him, refusing to eat until she starved herself to death. We honour her memory too. Sue is comforted by their rottweiler/blue heeler Harley David’s Son and their miracle birth kitty Miracle.
Dave will be honoured by a potluck Come and Stay with open mic on Saturday February 10 at 1:00pm at the Chilliwack Vineyard Community Church, 45892 Wellington Avenue in downtown Chilliwack. Any and all are welcome to attend, as Dave touched so many hearts. Please feel free (but not obligated) to bring some sandwiches, goodies, and/or a story to share in Dave’s honour.