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First Memorial Funeral Services - Riverview Chapel

11090 86 Ave, Fort Saskatchewan, AB

OBITUARY

Hector Ward CLARK

October 18, 1928March 20, 2020

Our beloved Ward died peacefully of natural causes in St. Albert, Alberta on March 20, at the age of 91 years after a long and happy life.

Ward was born in Horse Hill, Alberta - the third son of Hector and Harriett Clark. His pioneering family has farmed this area northeast of Edmonton since his grandfather arrived as a homesteader in 1892.

Farm life and a strict upbringing during the Great Depression and Second World War taught Ward to be a hard-working, self-reliant, honest citizen – the kind of man you can rely on.

As a young learner, he excelled at math in a one-room schoolhouse where a single teacher taught nine grades. A stubborn Shetland named “Old Peggy” would carry him from home to school each day.

His problem-solving ability, entrepreneurial spirit, and heavy dose of determination and resourcefulness helped Ward succeed at many jobs throughout his career. He worked on the installation of the very first telephone lines in Alberta. He was a farmer, a plumber, an oilfield worker – he even had a job hauling dynamite – but Ward is best known for his time at Fiberglass Canada where he was a supervisor for 32-years. Find a job you love, he would say, and you’ll never work a day in your life.

At the age of 62, Ward returned to his passion of fulltime work on the farm. He managed a cow-calf operation with his son Darrell. Work with cattle did not reduce the joy Ward experienced eating a well-cooked steak. Alberta beef, of course.

Ward was devoted to his wife Sharon of 38-years. They enjoyed winters in the desert, spring in the mountains, and cruises to exotic locations. They were champions for each other through all of life’s triumphs and challenges.

Although he worked more than he played, he looked forward to fly-in fishing trips to BC with his brother Lloyd, once landing a 41-pound salmon.

Ward’s greatest lifetime achievement is raising six children, each shaped in a unique way by his life lessons. He has influenced many, and his spirit and wisdom lives on in those who love him.

Ward is survived by his wife Sharon; six children, Dale, Debbie, Darrell (Susan), Deanna, Jay (Kelland) and Eric (Kimberley); and his brother Kent (Joan). He had a special place in his heart for six grandchildren, Krista (Greg), Levi (Chantelle), Siobhan, Hannah, Adrianne, and Tyson, three great grandchildren, Vincent, Lincoln, and Elijah. He will be missed by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Ward is predeceased by three brothers, Bill (Vel), Doug (Fay), and Lloyd (Gerry), and his son-in-laws Louis and Jim.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date, due to global circumstances. In honour of Ward, donations may be made to a charity of your choice, or through a simple act of kindness toward a neighbour.

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Lydia Froio

March 28, 2020

Dear Susan and all the members of Ward's family
I send my sincere sympathies to all of you and recognize the many virtues and qualities Ward shared with his family and friends. Susan shared with me the many Sunday brunches you shared together - keeping contact with loved ones. Reading the heartfelt messages in this memory book has added to my knowing Ward and the gap he leaves behind. I believe he's watching over all of you still.
Susan and I met at university in Montreal where I still live, and, although we are miles away, have remained connected and close.
I join you in prayers during this sad and difficult time
Lydia

Evelyn Durrant

March 26, 2020


Both Chris and myself are so very sorry for your loss. Ward was such a wonderful man, and we have many great memories of him. Our sincere condolences to all of you at this very sad time.🌹

Kelland Sundahl

March 26, 2020

Ward's kindness, wisdom & family bond will be carried forward by all who loved him.

Will remember the twinkle in his eye and laughter we shared.

Grateful for his lively spirit and welcoming ways. Love you forever.

Sending love to Sharon & his entire family.

Herb and Dorothy Fuernkranz

March 25, 2020


Ward had a wonderful sense of humor; a kind, caring, gentlemanly manner and a ready smile.
We have fond memories of him.
Our condolences to Sharon and all the family.

Allan Clark

March 25, 2020

Uncle Ward was a good uncle to me, and all of us.

I have fond memories of him now.

RIP

Siobhan Witherbee

March 25, 2020

One of my favourite photos of us gained additional meaning on Friday. You guide me and I’ll guide you.
Love always from your Siobhanie <3

pat cooper

March 25, 2020

Sharon & Family so sorry to hear of Wards passing hopefully is is out fishing with Doug & Lloyd in the Haida Gwaii those boys had some good memories from those trips.

Brenda Clairo

March 25, 2020

We are sorry to hear of Uncle Ward’s passing and appreciate your tribute to him in the tenderly written obituary.
We send our sympathy in your sorrow,
from Bill’s family on the coast:
Velma, Allan, Brenda, Roger and Clark.

Ed & Darlene Poznansky

March 25, 2020

Very sorry to hear this news. Sincere condolences to Sharon and family. We greatly admired Ward during our years together living at MacLeod Ridge. He was a true gentleman.

Eric Clark

March 25, 2020

Summers song playing on insect wings,
Trumpeting the joy that each day brings,
Birds play a game of endless chase,
But it seems all too far,
And out of place.

A wind blows an echo of days gone by,
A symphony of memories from all our time,
Wisdom sewn into each and every word,
Seems lost somehow,
Inside all I ever heard.

The sun shines your shadow on all I see,
Touching all the lines you made me be,
The hand of time is trying to steal you away,
I can’t let go,
Not today.

I want to say I love you just one more time,
I want to hear your voice say it will be all fine,
My heart holds a place you will always be,
That’s where you’ll always live,
Inside of me.

The burning day fades into softer night
My life is now guided by a different light,
And when I need to see you I lift my head high
And see you shining there,
As a new star in the sky.

~Eric Clark

FROM THE FAMILY