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Born: Feb 11, 1964

Date of Passing: Nov 06, 2019

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February 11, 1964 - November 6, 2019

It is with tremendous disbelief and great honour that we announce the sudden passing of our father, husband, son, brother, uncle and friend, Andrew George Ward, on November 6, 2019. Andy was a brilliant light in the lives of many people. He lived everyday with great purpose - always leaving people better than he found them.
Andy is survived by his loving wife, Michele (nee Bendeler), of 31 years; his children, Foster, Samantha (Andrew) and Sara (Daniel); his mother, Margaret Ward; his brothers and sisters, Leota, Darryl (Laureen), Mary (Al), Dean (Jeannie), and Jeff (Marianne); and many nieces and nephews.
Andy was predeceased by his father, Bruce Ward.
Andy was born in Winnipeg and was the youngest of six children. Andy's family grew up on Kingston Crescent and made many memories at the cottage on Royal Lake with his family.
Andy's charismatic personality allowed him to excel in all aspects of his life. In 1999, he began his work with Quintex Services at an entry level position. The determination to provide a solid foundation for his family fueled his advancement within the company. He treasured the relationships he established with the many colleagues and customers that he encountered.
A true pleasure of Andy's life were the cottage days in Matlock, Manitoba. His handy-man skills were put to use as he renovated an old, beat-up cabin into a treasured place where his family spent every summer. His attraction to the quieter life along Lake Winnipeg is what lead the family to permanently move to the surrounding area.
Andy lived fast. His favourite pastimes include anything with a motor. He found his freedom on his motorcycle along the open road, whether that be with his wife, Michele, or fellow speedsters, the "Born to be Mild" group.
Family meant everything to Andy. He was Michele's rock, especially during the last few years when she needed him the most. His kids meant the world to him. Andy always made it known to the world how proud he was to be their dad.
When you asked Andy how he was doing, he often responded with either "Living the dream!" or just "Just another day in paradise!" - which truly encompassed his outlook on life. Andy encountered his share of many highs and lows, but his resiliency always propelled him.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Andrew's memory to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Winnipeg or the Autism Society Manitoba.
Andy's Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the Masonic Memorial Centre at 420 Corydon Avenue at 1:30 p.m.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 13, 2019

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • I have only met Andy a few times in person....he was the perfect representative for us at the Keystone Centre. Always checked in to make sure everything was good...and it always was! He took pride in his job and was amazing at it. He will be missed dearly - Posted by: Julie Shiloff (Client at the Keystone Centre) on: Nov 15, 2019

  • Such hard news! Andy was such a great friend. We grew up together for 8 years on the Crescent attending Windsor and usually finding mischief aplenty. Our snow forts were amazing and jumping off the roof of their garage into massive snow piles is a vivid memory. The family was always welcoming and it was a great place to visit. - Posted by: Chris Dyck (Childhood friend) on: Nov 15, 2019

  • Our sincere condolences and prayers to you Michele and Family, Dean & Jeannie. We will always have our fond memories of all of you and our times at Matlock. The Lord has one of his Angels with him. - Posted by: Ghis & Mary Carriere (Lake friend & neighbour) on: Nov 13, 2019

  • Andy was the straw that stirred the drink, he will be missed. Andy, myself and the rest of the "born to be mild" guys covered many miles and Andy was the greatest guy to ride with. We will do a memorial ride nest summer in his honor.. Rest in peace good friend.. - Posted by: Grant Warren (friend and riding partner) on: Nov 13, 2019

  • I heard of Andy’s passing last week and couldn’t believe it. The few times I met Andy he always had a big smile on his face and made me laugh.My condolences go out to Michelle and the family.It always seems like the good ones are taken from us and it’s not fair.But I’m sure Andy is up there in heaven right now making everyone laugh and smile. - Posted by: Kerry Hallett (Former co-worker of Michelle ) on: Nov 13, 2019

  • My condolences to Mrs Ward and family, Andy was a really nice guy and gentleman. I remember him well. Sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Pat Bowman (Friend of Andy’s sister Mary) on: Nov 13, 2019

  • Our deepest condolences to Margaret and the rest of the family on the sudden passing of Andrew. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Gail and Wally Sherry (friends of Andrew's father) on: Nov 13, 2019

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