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JOHNSTON, Ward Bennett

April 11, 1929 – Regina, Saskatchewan
April 3, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Ward Bennett Johnston passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at the age of 88 years.

Ward was born in Regina, April 11, 1929 to Victor and Dolly Johnston. He graduated high school in Regina before going on to post secondary education at University of British Columbia and then joining the family business which he ran successfully for thirty years. Ward also served on numerous boards and held various directorships before retiring to Katepwa Lake and then on to Calgary to be closer to his children and grandchildren. Ward was a fine musician, playing the saxophone, coronet, and piano in his band that played in Regina and surrounding areas during the 40’s and 50’s. It was a common sight to see Ward walking the neighbourhood with his faithful dogs. Ward had many interests and loved to fish and hunt in northern Saskatchewan, fly his Bonanza aircraft, drive his beloved automobiles, golf, snowmobile and take friends and families on boat rides around Katepwa Lake. Most will remember him as an avid reader, never far from a book and a comfortable chair. Ward will be remembered as a devoted and gentle man, husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle.

Ward is survived by his wife Patricia of 62 years; children, Daphne (Bill) of Santa Ynez, California, Deborah (Ed) of Calgary, D’Arcy (Wayne) of Calgary, and David of Calgary; and by his five grandchildren, Ward, Jill, Stephanie (Steve), Helen-May, and Grace.

He was predeceased by his sister Audrey.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Ward Johnston, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Lois and Hugh MacKenzie

    Dear Pat and Family.
    Eddie Gareau called and told us of Ward’s passing. Felt sad though we haven’t touched base for a long time. There’s a lot of memories of years past to remember.
    You will certainly miss him. Please accept our sincere condolences. Lois and Hugh MacKenzie

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  2. Dear Pat and Family. Our sympathy to you on the passing of your dear Ward. We was a very remarkable person. My mom, Dot Kelly, was very fond of both of you and you were very kind to her.
    Frank and Maureen (Kelly) Ottenbreit.

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  3. So sorry to hear of Ward’s passing. I always remember the drive I took with him from Regina out to Katepwa to stay with Daph for a week. He took great pains to try to find topics of conversation of interest to a 14 year old. My prayers are with all of you. May your memories keep him alive in your hearts.

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  4. To the Johnston Family
    Please accept our condolences on the death of your husband, father and grandfather. Ward will continue to live on through all of you. Thank goodness for memories.
    With love,
    Blaise, Joanne and Joanna

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  5. Elaine Frankum

    I would like to express my deepest condolence to the entire Ward Johnston family. I started my working life at Ward Johnston Electric Ltd. in 1975, at age 17. Ward was a kind and gentle man, it was an honor to work for an individual of such high integrity. A man of means who always treated his staff as true equals. Everyone who worked at the main branch in Regina thought of Ward as a friend. I worked along side his daughter Daphne, who, was so much like her Dad and a wonderful person. I think often of Ward and the wonderful staff that I worked with. He will be sadly missed.

    Elaine Frankum (Nee:) Coomber

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  6. My heartfelt condolences to all of you: Pat, Daphne, Deborah, D’arcy, David, and family. I have so many fond memories of Ward over the years: he was always in great spirits, and loved to laugh with/at us as we typically got up to all sorts of naughty or silly things! I always enjoyed visiting with Ward, and can see him in my mind’s eye with his hat on, walking the dogs around Lakeview. He loved those walks, and was so wonderfully dedicated to the dogs. There are more great memories from the lake, at the Boat Club, or at the Johnston cottage. He was an awesome guy and will be forever missed. Big hugs and love to all of you. xxx

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  7. Doreen Chappell Arnott

    Dear Pat and family,my condolence and love to you all.
    Surprised and saddened to read that Ward has passed .
    He was a fine gentle man, always a good friend to me.
    May he find peace and solace walking his fabulous dogs and a grand new library to browse in the great beyond.
    Fond memories of our Regina days.

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  8. Dear Pat and family, I just heard of Ward’s passing, today, and send my deepest condolences to you all.
    It’s so hard to loose one’s life partner and parent, but you have a treasure load of great memories to keep you smiling, knowing he is at rest!
    My thoughts are with you.

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  9. To a wonderful family, wishing you all peace in this time of mourning. XO Mieka

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  10. Dear Pat, Daphne, Deborah, D’arcy and David. Our deepest sympathy is extended to each of you on the passing of your dear husband and dad. It was such a fine picture of him with his warm smile and happy face that I remember. I have such fond memories at the Johnston cottage our families especially over the Xmas holidays in the cold that did not seem to deter us from snowmobiling with the toboggans behind. It has been awhile since I have seen any of you but I do think of you often and the memories of our times together growing up are still very fresh in my mind. Love to you all.
    Sandra (Leach) and Rob Rendall

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  11. Dear Pat, Daphne, Debra, Darcy and David,
    Thinking of you at this sad time. Ward hosted many great family get togethers at the cottage and in Regina. I have strong memories of the times we shared and what a fun and generous man he was.
    Love, Sharon Leach and family

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  12. Dear Pat, Daphne, Deborah, D’Arcy, David and families:
    I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Ward. I worked for Ward for 8 years and he was a great person to work for. I have many fond memories of working on Dewdney Ave. One of my dearest friends, Lynda Froeschel, also worked there at that time and our friendship is still strong. There was Jerry Vollet, Ray, Fred, Tom Ball, Bud Heckman, Fred in the back office. In the front was Lori Forbister, Dale Yeo, Verna Travis, Helen Jakoboski, Elaine Coomber, Diane Murray, and Charlene Dzubas. And of course Daphne who wore the neatest fur coat in the winter. The computer system was coming in at the time and boy oh boy that was not like they are now. I bought a Quasar video camera from there which I used my pension to buy. Probably not the wisest of decisions but women could take their pension out at the time. That video camera was HOT. No places to even rent a video as it was the leading edge technology. Fun times.
    Ward drove the nicest cars and we all were so envious. The summer of 1982 we celebrated my oldest daughters birthday out at the cottage that Pat and Ward graciously offered to us for the staff party. It was a great event and I remember my one year old daughter loving the pool.
    Please know we are thinking of you all at this sad time and hope that the happy memories of your times together strengthen and guide you through this sad time. Valerie and Steven Biden

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