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Born: May 10, 1951

Date of Passing: Feb 27, 2021

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Murray Roland Ward, aged 69 years passed on Saturday, February 27, 2021 after a ten year war with Parkinson's Disease. He was a resident of The Middlechurch Home where the staff took wonderful care of him as Parkinson's won battle after battle over him.
Our thanks go out to the staff of Ward 2B for their care.
Murray was born in Toronto on May 10, 1951. His parents were Macrina and Roland (Bus) Ward both veterans of the Second World War. They decided to move back to Winnipeg when he was four years old. He went to school at Faraday and Sisler High. He continued his education at the University of Manitoba (B.A.) and at Red River Community College (Library Tech). Murray joined the staff of the Dafoe Library at the University of Manitoba and spent 25 years there. Murray had to take early retirement because of early Parkinson's onset.
In 1986, Murray married the love of his life, Laura Webb. He was devoted to Laura and they did a lot of travelling around Canada and the United States. Murray became an expert on comics. People would email him from around the world for his opinion and advice. He wrote many indexes on comics that were very successful.
Murray had three sisters, Brenda and children, Tara, Tricia and Sean; Gloria Meyer, husband Brian and children, James and Jodie; Ellie and sons, Matthew and Ryan. Murray was predeceased by his parents, and sisters, Brenda and Ellie.
Murray will be missed by his wife Laura; his special friends, Ian and Cherrlyn Thomson, Walt and Diana Sterdan, Tony Hazzard, Ann Nichols, his pen pal in Arizona, and many other dear friends.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a private Funeral Mass has been celebrated at St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church with Father Greg Mulligan OFM Cap. presiding. Interment followed in Brookside Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Murray's memory to Parkinson Canada in Manitoba, 7 - 414 Westmount Dr., Winnipeg, MB R2J 1P2.

475 Provencher Blvd.,
In care of arrangements, 204-775-2220

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 06, 2021

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • Uncle Murray was a decent human being. A kind and loving soul. His interests and comic book collection was inspirational . Looking back he was a man ahead of his time considering all that has become of Super hero's in popular culture today. Bear Hugs to Laura and his friends. - Posted by: tara fehr (niece) on: May 28, 2021

  • Murray and I were classmates through Grades 4, 5 & 6, at Faraday School. I can't recall him ever making a negative remark about anyone. Although we never crossed paths post-Faraday, I'm saddened by his passing. I extend my condolences to his wife, sister and those close to him. - Posted by: Ken Dzogan (Classmate) on: Mar 08, 2021

  • I remember as a child going to Murray's house to read his comics, there were hundreds of them. My Dad always marveled at Murray's remarkable memory. He was a gentle soul, I am sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Larry Ward (Cousin) on: Mar 07, 2021

  • I was a volunteer at Middlechurch for 6 years. I met Murray while volunteering there. He was such a kind man and we had several chats about the U of M. My deepest condolences to Mrs. Ward and your family. Lisa B. - Posted by: Lisa (Volunteer ) on: Mar 07, 2021

  • My sincerest condolences to Murray's family during these difficult times. Kit Peterson Venice, Florida - Posted by: Kit Peterson (childhood friend) on: Mar 06, 2021

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