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Born: Feb 19, 1928

Date of Passing: Apr 04, 2020

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February 19, 1928 - April 4, 2020

With much sorrow and heartbreak his wife Norma lost her beloved husband of 63 years, her soul mate. In 2013 we lost our only daughter Laura to cancer, a tragedy.
Ron was an only child to Janet and John Coward (deceased). He had many nieces and nephews in the USA.
As a young lad, John participated in organized hockey, midgets and juvenile levels but his real interest was in drawing and painting. After high school he enrolled in courses at the Winnipeg School of Fine Art, then trained under guidance of Lemoine Fitzgerald. Later John entered the advertising field working at Rapid – Grip and Battery, Brigdens of Winnipeg, Reid & Eibner and finally with Daly Display. During that time, he took courses at Forum Art Institute, and design management at the University of Manitoba. Later John was offered teaching advertising art courses for adults, night school at Tec – Voc High School, after which he enrolled in a 10 credit teacher training course at Red River College, taking a year to complete. He then was offered to teach art at Tec – Voc High School to grades 10, 11 and 12 students and enjoyed it for 15 years, retiring at age 65.
John and Norma, along with daughter Laura, went to Disney World for two weeks, great fun! They enjoyed travelling many times to the U.S.A. and Mexico.
Ron did a lot of jogging and walking to the library numerous times. He also did many beautiful airbrush paintings, portraits of movie stars and people, sketching, graphic designs, paper mâché, wire sculptures, etc. He was an extremely talented, creative artist, as well a wonderful man.
As John grew older his eyesight weakened and he had many devastating falls, sending him to numerous hospital stays. Finally, the dreaded Parkinson's disease started with him, with which he suffered terribly and eventually it took his life.
My love, the years we had together were precious and life will never be the same without you. Till we meet again, God Bless. Love Forever, Norma.

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Publish Date: Apr 11, 2020


With a broken heart, wife Norma is saddened to say that on Saturday, April 4, 2020, her beloved husband John passed away at Seven Oaks Hospital at the age of 92 years.
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Publish Date: Apr 7, 2020

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 07, 2020, Apr 11, 2020

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • I was fortunate enough to be taught by Mr. Coward in 1985 at Tec-Voc's advertising art program and he helped me tremendously. I learned many useful skills. So much so I now work as a creative director in Manhattan thanks, in part, to him. He was kind and supportive every time and I am grateful to have known him. "Education is not the filling of a pot but the lighting of a fire." - Posted by: Kevin Barclay (Student of Mr. Coward's. ) on: Dec 11, 2020

  • I grew up right across the street from Ron and Norma. I would always see Ron going for walks and would always stop to chat if we passed each other on the street. He will definitely be missed around the neighborhood. Our deepest condolences to Norma, you are always in our thoughts. From, The entire Yip family. - Posted by: Sarah Yip (Neighbor ) on: May 05, 2020

  • I knew Mr Coward through Tec Voc's Commercial Art in the late 70s. He was a great teacher and I was glad to have known him. My condolences to the family. - Posted by: Sandy (Student) on: Apr 12, 2020

  • Mr.Coward was one of my favourite art teachers at Tec Voc High School. He was very talented. We had some good conversations together and alot of laughs. He was a great person. - Posted by: Andrea (Student) on: Apr 11, 2020

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