Edward James Ard
23 March, 1927 – 13 September, 2021
Edward James (Ed) Ard, 94
RCMP Superintendent (retired) Edward James Ard passed away at his residence at Missionwood Retirement Home in Kelowna, BC, on September 13, 2021. Ed was born on March 23, 1927 at Alsask, Saskatchewan. He grew up in Flaxcombe and later in Plenty, Sask. He attended high school in Mitchell, Ontario where he met the love of his life, Helen Jean Rice. Ed was an excellent athlete and played high school hockey, basketball, and baseball. After high school graduation Ed applied to the RCMP and in 1947 he was accepted into training as a Recruit Special Constable, number 9629. He trained at Depot (Regina) and N Division (Ottawa). On his 21st birthday he was promoted to Constable Third Class and issued RCMP Regimental Number 15059. After training he was posted to Alberta and in 1949, he was transferred to Aklavik, NWT. In 1950 Ed was transferred to Tuktoyaktuk, NWT as the first permanent RCMP Constable in “Tuk”. During his 3 years in the north, Ed and Helen kept up their relationship by letter. In 1952 after having served in the RCMP for 5 years, Ed was permitted to marry Helen. Over the next 33 years, Helen and Ed moved 11 times including 11 years in the Yukon and NWT. In 1969, Ed was commissioned as a Sub Inspector (Officer number O.670) and in 1970 he was posted to Depot Division (RCMP Training academy) at Regina, Sask where he served as the staffing officer. In 1973 Ed was posted to North Battleford, Saskatchewan as the Officer Commanding North Battleford, Sub Division. Ed’s last posting in the RCMP was in 1978 to Thompson, Manitoba as the Officer Commanding Thompson, Sub Division. In July 1980 after 33 years of service in the RCMP, Ed and Helen retired to Kelowna, BC. Ed learned to curl at an early age and filled his home with curling trophies including representing the Yukon at the Dominion Police Curling Championships in 1961. Ed loved to golf and was able to pursue this passion until his late 80’s. In 2017 Ed and Helen moved to the Missionwood Retirement home in Kelowna where they met many new and old friends. At the time of his death, Ed Ard is believed to have been the oldest retired RCMP member who served in Canada’s north. Ed and Helen have 5 children – Bill (Liz) born 1953, Rob (Bernie) born 1955, Brian (Ann) born 1959, Nancy Ferguson (John) born 1961, and Barry (Clare) born 1964. They have 13 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. The family will hold a memorial service at a later date.
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Edward James Ard
19 October 2021
Helen and all the family - my deepest sympathies on the loss of who I know as my "Uncle Ed". While mom's cousin, she always described him more as her brother. I have many memories including my first trip to Ottawa when you lived there as well as spending Christmas Eve at your home when you lived on Depot in Regina. I also remember golfing with Uncle Ed at the Ponderosa course in Peachland in 2003 when my family and I were holidaying in Penticton, and I will certainly remember his laugh. Again, I am so very sorry for your loss!
3 October 2021
My husband and I knew Ed and Helen when we were stationed in the Yukon 62 years ago. We also were stationed in Regina when they were there in the early 1970s. We've attended the Northern Reunions over several years and enjoyed meeting up in several places in Western Canada. I am sorry to hear about your loss Helen, and sincere condolences to you and your family. My dear husband Lloyd passed away earlier this year as well.
27 September 2021
My husband and I first met Ed in Aklavik and we became instant friends. We played bridge against he and Jack Maidens and spent many happy hours together. We were also stationed in Ottawa at the same time and were neighbours in Blossom Park. Of course by that time he had married Helen and we fell in love with her too. We visited them in Kelowna and after Ivan died in 2004, Marg Maidens, Helen and Ed and I got together for a few weekends of bridge. Ed more than went out of his for us as did Helen. My sincere sympathy to Helen and all their family. Love and best wishes. Jean
21 September 2021
Mr Ard was a very fine gentleman befitting of his title as Commanding Officer of the North Battleford RCMP. He was an outstanding citizen and a highly regarded member of the community. I came to know him as my best friend’s father. He was always kind and welcoming to me in their family home. His presence will be greatly missed in the Ard family and I wish to send heartfelt condolences to the entire family.
21 September 2021
Not only was Edward a curler, golfer, and gardener extraordinaire, he was also a very good card player and supplemented his wages with his poker winnings while in the north, which is where he learned to play Bridge. He and Helen played duplicate Bridge together for decades and taught all 5 kids and their spouses how to play. It was a special treat for me to play Bridge with Dad at the clubs when I visited Kelowna, and I cherish those memories. I love you Dad.
18 September 2021
I have always enjoyed playing duplicate bridge with Ed and Helen. Ed was always calm, cool and collected and a gentle man. I found him to be soft spoken and friendly and courteous. Ed and Helen also knew good friends of mine, Esther and Glenn Clements, who spoke highly of him. Ed will be missed at the bridge table.