Edward Ward

Obituary of Edward John Ward



March 18, 1930 – May 13, 2022


Ted, dearly loved by his wife, Carol, and family


Ted grew up in the Beach district of Toronto.   He was the proud son of British parents, Alfred and Alice Ward, and blessed by siblings, Dudley (Alice), Hazel and Dorreen (Joe), all predeceased, together with first wife Jura (nee MacLean), mother of his treasured children Pamela (Mark), Barbara, Peter (Marianne), Elizabeth and the late Catherine. Survived also by his beloved wife of 32 years, Carol, and step-daughter Monique (Ken);  Grandad to Anna (Greg), David (Natalia), Miranda, Alexandra and Nicholas;   Grandpa to Connor, Matthew and Benjamin;  Great-grandad to Gabe & Alastair.  Ted loved each one dearly, each one a special gift of our heavenly Father.


Ted, part of the great generation, born during the great depression, lived through WWII to be led by a vision.  He was a graduate of Malvern Collegiate, University of Toronto (Forestry) and Wycliffe College. He enjoyed a great career in the Dominion Forest Service, travelled the world in the Federal Trade Department first as Commercial Counsellor in London, successfully promoting wood frame construction, and later as Director General, Resource Industries; after retirement he then went into industrial real estate. 


 In 1996 Ted led the launch of Alpha Canada with Nicky Gumbel, followed by several other Alpha conferences and ‘Leaders’ Days’ in various parts of Canada.   Together with his wife Carol they initiated and led the ‘School of Healing Prayer’ in Toronto for 12 years.   He sought to emphasize thinking and practice of Jesus’s model for ministry to the whole person (Luke 10:1-11).  He was passionate about choral, classical and contemporary worship music.  Together with Carol, they enjoyed camping and canoeing especially on Lake Temagami, and travels to England, Greece, Israel, Malta and the French Riviera.


Our Ted was a man whose passion was to lead people to Jesus; he was a visionary, and often a burr under the saddle!


A visitation will be held at St. Paul’s Church, 227 Bloor St. East, Toronto, from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. on June 7, 2022.   A funeral service to celebrate Ted’s life will follow at 11 o’clock. 


Please, no flowers.  Ted would rather you gave a donation to Covenant House (covenanthousetoronto.ca).  Thank you.   Condolences may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com.