February 1, 1936 - November 14, 2015
Service Date: November 18, 2015
Funeral Home Ottawa - Westboro Chapel
Beloved Jane Ward passed away early Saturday morning, November 14, 2015 at the Ottawa Heart Institute after surgery failed to stem the bleeding inside her chest. She was a cheerful, compassionate Christian woman who made life marvellous for her husband of 58 years, Peter. She was 79 years old. Jane was a marvellous listener, which made her a legion of friends. When a friend had a problem, Jane didn’t try and solve it. She listened with caring interest. Jane was born in Sudbury to Frank Perkins and Jean Shannon. She grew up in Barrie where her father managed the Woolworth’s store. She played trumpet in the Barrie Collegiate Band, and at Western University she broke the sex barrier as the first woman in the Western Mustang Band. She graduated in the class of ’57 from the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and married Peter Ward, a man whose life she made immensely happy. When Peter was sent from Toronto to the Parliamentary Press Gallery in Ottawa, in 1969, Jane expanded her piano studies and won the silver medal for the highest mark in the province. She then became a much loved music teacher, converting several hundred youngsters into music lovers. She was a former very active member of Westboro United Church, after many years joining her husband Peter at All Saints Anglican Church, Westboro. Jane and Peter’s much loved three children, Tim of Washington DC (Teresa Erickson), Wendy, of Welland, Ont. (Paul Grenier), and Mark, of Orlando, Fla. (Regina), came rushing home, with grandchildren Josh Holober-Ward, the Greniers, Luc, and Claire of Welland, Ont. Jane wondered aloud sometimes: “Have I made a meaningful difference with my life?” Anyone who knew her knows that answer to that question. Visitation will be from 2 – 3 pm Nov. 18th at All Saints Anglican Church, Westboro, followed by a celebration of Jane’s life in the church at 3 pm and a reception. Memorial donations can be made to the Ottawa Heart Institute.