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WARD – Arthur Leslie

June 3, 1915 – September 27, 2009

Arthur’s death came suddenly on Sunday, September 27, 2009. He was amazing despite his 94 years; seldom ill, mobile, alert and interested in life and people around him so that old age took him gently.

He was born on June 3, 1915 in Merlin, Ontario, and spent his early years in Tilbury where he received piano and organ training. In 1942, he enlisted in the RCAF and was posted to London, England, serving with the clerical staff. His wartime experiences were a time of cultural enrichment in London where his love of music, art and the theatre flourished. This led to post-war studies in London as an organ student where he received the Fellowship Diploma from the Royal College of Organists. Returning to Canada, he began his musical career at Christ Church Elbow Park where he met Betty Calvert as a choir member, and where they were married in December, 1959. Arthur’s vocation led him to many churches, and his love of teaching took him to Mount Royal Conservatory for a lengthy stay to instruct many students in musical theory. As a mature student he received the degree of Master of Music in Composition from the University of Calgary, and wrote mainly choral and organ and latterly, recorder  music for the Kerby Recorder Group. Arthur and Betty shared a mutual love which included music, art, literature and travel and the companionship of many widely scattered friends.

Funeral Services will be held at Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (corner of 7th Avenue and 1st Street S.E.) on Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Forward condolences through In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to the Mustard Seed Street Ministry (102 – 11 Avenue S.E. Calgary, AB T2G 0X5), Glenbow Museum, (130 – 9 Avenue S.E. Calgary, AB T2G 0P3), Cathedral Church of The Redeemer Maintenance Fund (604 – 1st Street SE, Calgary, AB T2G 5H8) or the charity of your choice. Betty wished to extend thanks to all who knew Arthur: to relatives, friends and colleagues, medical staff, those with church, university, fine arts connections, those generous Scarboro neighbours, and to all who knew and were touched by Arthur.

In living memory of Arthur Ward, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

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  1. Donna, Neil, Alexandra and Mitchell Stephenson :

    We were very sorry to hear of Arthur’s passing. We so enjoyed chatting with him over the fence whenever he went by for his walk. We will miss him. Our deepest sympathies to you.

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  2. Rick Vander Woude :

    My condolences with the passing of Arthur. May you experience the peace of God at this time.

    Rick Vander Woude
    Organist at Highwood Lutheran Church

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  3. Christopher Jackson :

    Dear Betty, I was so sorry to hear of Arthur’s death last week. Among my fondest memories of Calgary are our discussions about art (and proper framing) on Saturdays at Masters over coffee and cookies. Thank for your friendship. It has been a priviledge to know you both. My thoughts are with you… Christopher

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  4. My sincere sympathy Betty. Art will be forever remembered for all his achievements and his gentle personality.
    I’m very glad to have known him.

    Ray O

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  6. David and Darlene Funk :

    We extend to you, Betty, our deepest sympathies on the passing from this life of Arthur. We so much have enjoyed our visits with both of you, getting to know you. We trust that God will be very near you in this time of loss. May you feel His comfort and strength.

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  7. Darrell L. Lindsay :

    I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to you on the passing of Arthur. I have so much enjoyed getting to know you and Arthur and the times we have spent together. May you be strengthened by the Lord during these days of adjustment. God bless you, Betty.

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  8. Susan and Stephen Smillie :


    I was in Arthur’s St. Peter’s Choir in the mid eighties when we lived in Calgary. I remember him fondly as our director and as a friend. Since we returned to Ontario we have exchanged Christmas cards and always enjoyed news of your Scottie dogs. Both Stephen and I send our most sincere condolences to you at this difficult time.

    Susan and Stephen Smillie

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  9. Remembering Arthur and his kindness when we visited you many years ago. My heart felt condolences to you Betty at this sad time. Marie

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  10. Frank McKitrick :


    I was saddened to read of Arthur’s passing in the Herald today. He was a fine musician and an admired colleague. As you know, during the seventies, his studio at Mount Royal was beside mine and we frequently shared a laugh and exchanged musical ideas when not instructing our students. My life, and the lives of many Calgarians, were enriched by him. My sincere sympathy.

    Frank McKitrick

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