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George Frederick Ward

May 14, 1932 - October 4, 2020


It is with great sadness the family of George Fredrick Ward announces his passing on Sunday, Oct 4 at the age of 88. Dad was pre-deceased by his loving wife Ila In July 2019, and leaves great memories with his daughters Terrie Genz, Gerrie-Lynn Ward (Marty), Vickie Henke (Doug), his precious grandchildren, Wally Genz (Jenny), Christopher Chrupalo (Steff), T.J. Chrupalo (Rachel), Jessie Van Dam (Ryley), Jayme Henke (Brandon), Eric Henke, and his only great grandchild Bailey Genz. Dad started out driving the Baldur Transit, then moved onto driving bus in Winnipeg until he moved the family back to farm in Baldur Manitoba. After moving to Penticton in 1970 dad did a variety of jobs from roofing, masonry, maintenance at Peach Tree Mall to his final job at Wise Guys Car Wash when he retired at 82 years old. Anyone who knew dad knows “you can take the man off of the farm but not the farm out of the man”. Dad was a teaser and joker to many, who would do anything for someone that needed a helping hand. Thank you to the staff at Haven Hill for the exceptional care given to dad over the past year. He is with the angels now, making everyone laugh. May you rest in peace dad, we love you and you will be in our hearts forever. Due to Covid, there will be no service.


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From: Mary-Anne Clark

Rest In Peace Uncle George. I’m sure you already have them laughing up there

From: Gail and Ron Kehler

To each and everyone of the family our deepest sympathy. Uncle George you well always hold a special place in everyone’s heart. Your eyes where always as bright as stars and a smile to go with it.Well miss you forever. Big hugs for both you and auntie. Love you. 

From: Rita Schori

So sorry to hear about George’s passing. I remember him well from when he worked for several years with my husband in the masonry business. His sense of humor and his dedication were always very much appreciated. And he was always so proud of his daughters

From: Haven Hill Staff

George was known as Casanova on the unit he was so loving and kind to everyone. He was so busy and active. His humour was well known, many here loved caring for him very much. We will miss him very much and no one will ever forget him here. Residents still miss him and often reminisce of their memories with him.

From: Linda Davies

Your Dad always played tricks on me even as a little girl and he was living at home with his Mom. He was always fun to be with, and it seemed like people were drawn to him. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. So now he will be laughing and playing tricks on his family again. I can see him dancing with your Mom and her saying “oh George”. Hugs to all of you❤️

From: Gina Hansinger (Wigg)

My sincere condolences to the family❤️.  George worked with my Dad (Don Wigg) at both of the car washes in Penticton but they both ended their working career at Wise Guys Car Wash at the age of 82.  I will always remember the jokes that those two played on each other.  I am not sure who was worse lol but I know they both enjoyed joking with each other.  I will always remember when I went for a car wash that George was always there to tease & joke with me.  I loved it.  He made me laugh & I just gave it right back to him which made him laugh.  When my Dad passed 5 years ago George was devastated as we all were but I knew by the tears in his eyes that he had lost a good friend. George was a jokester but he had a huge heart❤️.  Mom & I were saddened to see his obituary but now know that he is at peace with Illa & raising hell with my Dad again lol.  RIP George you will be missed & thanks for the laughs 💜.  Hugs to the family

From: David Perry and Family

Our condolences to Gerrie Lynn and Family for their loss.

From: Darlene Sheehan

Condolence goes out to all the family of George. I worked at Wise Guys car wash as a secretary for 5 years and during that time I had the pleasure of knowing George. I found him to be a very quiet and honest person and he also was very good at joking around. Every time we spoke on phone he would start off the call with a joke. When he wanted something he would come into the office with some kind of a chocolate and hand it over to me with a smile on his face and I would what can I do for you George and he would reply back what makes you think I want something and then he would laugh. When we attended the Christmas parties your dad and mom would always sit beside me and my husband and we had many of a variety of conversations and we always enjoyed that get together. He was a great person to know. I am also from Winnipeg and moved to Penticton a year just before George. I know in your minds and heart he will never be forgotten and always remember the good times as this will help you get through this time. 

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