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Ward; Richard Guy

Posted By Obits On February 17, 2020 @ 5:48 pm In Obituaries | 52 Comments

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WARD – Richard Guy, 75, of Blandford, passed away suddenly in South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater, on Thursday, February 13, 2020.
Born in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, he was the son of the late Richard R. and Philippa (Johnson) Ward.
Richard was one of the owners of Ward’s Flower Shop in Liverpool for many years and then went on to do flowers and wedding cakes from home. Richard worked as a print operator at Langille’s Print in Bridgewater for many years, retiring from there in the late 1980’s.
Richard was an active member of both the Liverpool and Greenfield areas while living in Greenfield. Being a member of the church choirs in both areas, a barbershop group in Liverpool and one of the founding members of the Greenfield Four singing group in Greenfield. He was also an honorary member of the Greenfield Fire Department.
He then settled in Blandford for many of the last years of his life, where he was an active and well loved member of the community and volunteered in both Blandford and Chester. He was a member of the choir at the Chester United Baptist Church, a founding member of the singing group The Carpenter’s Brothers and the President of the Sea Siders Seniors Group in Chester.
Richard is survived by his daughter, June LeBlanc (Ken Wyatt), of Port Medway; his granddaughter, Brooke Lawson (Austin Selig), of Caledonia; and sisters, Sylvia (Michael) Langille and Theresa “Terry” Dorey.
Besides his parents, Richard was predeceased by his partner, Robert “Rob” Jones.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers’ Funeral Home, Liverpool. A celebration of Richard’s life will be held at the Chester United Baptist Church, 84 King Street, Chester, NS on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. followed by a gathering of family and friends from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Blandford Community Centre. Burial will be held at a later date. Donations in Richard’s memory may be made to Chester United Baptist Church, the Blandford Community Centre or to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made to www.chandlersfuneral.com

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Condolence from Sue Conrad on February 17th, 2020 6:01 pm

June and family,
So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing.
From Sue and Moyal and the members of the Greenfield and District Fire Department

Condolence from Cathie Pearl–Wentzell on February 17th, 2020 6:02 pm

Please accept our sincerest condolescences.

Condolence from Charlotte and Bobby Kelley on February 17th, 2020 6:06 pm

June, Sylvia, Terry and families. We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Richard. May you keep the wonderful memories of him close as you deal with the difficult days ahead. Sending our love and prayers to all.

Condolence from Crystal Conrad on February 17th, 2020 6:21 pm

Very sorry to hear the news of Richards passing, my sincere heartfelt condolences going out to you all.

Condolence from Barbara Brooks on February 17th, 2020 6:42 pm

My Sincere Condolences to Terry, Sylvia and Richard’s Family.
There are so many wonderful memories over the years for the family to remember and cherish.
Richard will be missed, his singing voice was amazing, enjoyed by all who heard it.
He was a quiet and fun seeking man, we enjoyed our friendship over the years.
Rest In Peace, Richard.❤️Barbara Brooks

Condolence from Glenna and Victor on February 17th, 2020 7:18 pm

June and family…. we are so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all …. our memories are our greatest treasures ❤️

Condolence from SYLVIA FOREBS on February 17th, 2020 8:01 pm


Condolence from Heather & Ross Whynot on February 17th, 2020 8:05 pm

June & Family ,so sorry to hear of your Dads passing .

Condolence from Murray & Myrna Wigglesworth on February 17th, 2020 9:05 pm

Sylvia and families – We were very sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. I remember him as one of my sisters Sherri friends from school. Please accept our sincere condolences.

Condolence from Ann Smith on February 17th, 2020 9:07 pm

Dear Sylvia,
So sorry to hear about your brother. Please accept my condolences.

Ann Smith

Condolence from Denise Peterson-Rafuse on February 17th, 2020 11:11 pm

I am in shock to lose my dear friend Richard. Please know June that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I was blessed to know your kind, caring and special father. When your Dad sang in the Chester United Baptist Church Choir and he saw me in church he would always make eye contact with me, nod his head and smile. In return I would give him a wink or blow him a little kiss. When church concluded he would come down from the choir loft and give me a hug and we would have a quick catch up on what we had been doing. I will continue to honor my friend when I am in our church by looking at his seat in the choir and I will discreetly blow him a little kiss.

Condolence from Millie Clements on February 18th, 2020 12:33 am

I was so sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. I have many good memories of growing up together in the Pre-Fabs. Terry and Sylvia, please accept my condolences and know I will be thinking of you on the weekend. Mildred Clements

Condolence from Reta Kuhn on February 18th, 2020 5:21 am

So sorry to hear about his passing! He always had a time to chat!He was a lovely man!Hugs!

Condolence from David F. Large on February 18th, 2020 6:56 am

June, Sylvia, Terry, and family,

The memories of close four part harmonies in sacred and barbershop will always be with those who had the experience of creating same with Richard’s fine, true tenor voice. Music was his life and he generously contributed his talents widely. We will remember his time with us with a smile and kind thoughts. Our thoughts are with his family at this time of sadness and loss.


Condolence from Bucky and Donna Norman on February 18th, 2020 10:15 am

Sincere condolences to all Richards family. May your memories help you through this hard time and keep him in your hearts forever.

Condolence from Dawn Saulnier on February 18th, 2020 11:12 am

I use to sing in the Baptist church choir Chester NS so heartbroken I am I just can’t believe this I will truly miss him

Condolence from Marjorie Speed Powell on February 18th, 2020 12:43 pm

Dear Terry, Sylvia and Richard’s Family,

I was very sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. I knew him through his musical talents and it was always a special Sunday service at Zion when he was our guest soloist. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


Condolence from David Sheppard on February 18th, 2020 12:44 pm

My condolences to the family. Richard was a wonderful man with agreat sense of humor. He will
Surely be missed. RIP Richard

Condolence from Emily Woodworth on February 18th, 2020 1:54 pm

So sorry to hear this, condolences to the family. Worked with Richard at many Blandford Community Centre events. He will be missed.

Condolence from Shirley and Paul Shot on February 18th, 2020 1:59 pm

To Richards family:  All things must pass, but not all are missed. Richard will be! In a world of motley characters, he was one of the ‘good’ guys, positive and friendly, generous in spirit and acts, and always ready and willing to chat. No doubt he is having a good gab right now with the Big Guy upstairs and getting his seat in the choir. Our condolences to his family, in the knowledge that he has no doubt left you a great many positive memories.
You will carry his Love in your hearts always!

Condolence from Paul and Edna Norris on February 18th, 2020 2:11 pm

R I P my friend.You will be missed had so many good times with you.

Condolence from Sara Dorey on February 18th, 2020 2:14 pm

So very sorry to hear about Richard’s passing. He was a well loved member of my Dad’s choir at the Chester United Baptist Church. I will forever remember him as kind and quick to laugh.

Condolence from Cathy Wentzell on February 18th, 2020 2:19 pm

Sylvia, Terry, and Family
I am very sorry for your loss.
Please know you are being thought of
and included in my prayers.
Cathy Wentzell

Condolence from Jennifer Willoughby on February 18th, 2020 2:38 pm

Richard was one of the first people I met when I moved here from Ontario in 2006 and he introduced me to many people that first New Years Eve dance that I went to. I always enjoyed kidding around with him at the many events we worked at or attended. He will be greatly missed.

Condolence from John W. Chandler Q.C. on February 18th, 2020 2:38 pm

The suddenness of Richard’s passing shocked us. My wife, Susan thoroughly enjoyed the spirit and camaraderie of singing in the CUBC choir with Richard. While we will be unable to attend services,we offer our sympathy to the family. It was our joy and privilege to walk part way with him along the King’s highway.

John W. Chandler Q.C.

Condolence from Gerald Cavanaugh on February 18th, 2020 2:38 pm

My sincere condolences to Richard’s family and friends.

Condolence from Charlie Greer on February 18th, 2020 3:23 pm

Charlie and Bon Greer
June and family we are so very sorry to hear the passing of Richard. He was a great friend, I remember the trips that we made to different Churches as the Quartet.His singing voice will be greatly missed. Our sincere condolences go out to you and your family June

Condolence from Bev and Curtis McDonald on February 18th, 2020 4:29 pm

Richard the “tea and coffee guy” at breakfasts and suppers in the Blandford Community Centre. He was so good at meeting the diners and making small talk. We shall also miss his voice at special choir services and concerts in Bayswater.

Condolence from Carol Smith on February 18th, 2020 4:46 pm

Dear Terry and family,
So sorry you have lost your brother Richard.
May God bring you all comfort at this sad time. Wayne and I send our love and prayers.
Carol and Wayne Smith.

Condolence from Rose Mooers on February 18th, 2020 5:23 pm

My deepest sympathy to Terry, Sylvia & June.
I’ve known Richard most of my life and recently ran into him at Wal-Mart and had a nice conversation.
He sure will be missed.
God bless you all.

Condolence from Diane Smith on February 18th, 2020 5:48 pm

Sylvia and Terry and family,
I was so very sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May your great memories help you through this sad time.
Diane Smith

Condolence from The Rev. Randy and Debbie Townsend on February 18th, 2020 7:00 pm

We express our sympathy and offer our condolences on the loss of your loved one, our friend, Richard.

We hold fond memories of Richard and Bob from our days in Blandford – they were great neighbours. We kept in touch regularly after our move. Richard was a God-send to the Anglican Parish of Blandford during our tenure in the community – his gift of voice and friendship was much appreciated.

May he rest in peace and rise in glory

Condolence from Diane and Donald White on February 18th, 2020 7:04 pm

Terry , Sylvia and June and families our thoughts are with you all at this heartbreaking time.

Sincere condolences,
Diane and Donald White

Condolence from cheryl schnare on February 18th, 2020 7:27 pm

My condolences to Richard’s family. He was a friend and a wonderful community member, always willing to help in any way. He will certainly be missed in our community.

Condolence from Myrna Crouse on February 18th, 2020 7:43 pm

June, Brooke, Sylvia & Terry:
Was shocked to read of Richard’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during these difficult days. The last time I saw him was just before Christmas when Juna & I were in Wal-Mart and he had hugs for both of us. He did have a beautiful tenor voice and I’ll always remember it. Take care and love to all.

Condolence from Lorna McKay on February 18th, 2020 7:54 pm

Claudia and myself Lorn, June we are so very sorry to hear about your dad’s. Passing . Richard was our buddy. We were involved in many events and very happy to be there.we will miss him dearly

Condolence from Jim and Lynda adams on February 18th, 2020 10:31 pm

Jim and I are heart broken to learn we have lost a dear friend. Rich and I loved singing together. And
Of course Jim and I worked together with Rich for many years at jymline. He was indispensable to us for a very long time. He created the floral arrangements at our daughters wedding. We loved both him and Rob. He will be greatly missed.

Condolence from Ken Mosher on February 19th, 2020 9:26 am

Terry and Family

Sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. Sincere condolences to the family.

Ken Mosher and Shirley Frank

Condolence from Robert & Sally Fader on February 19th, 2020 9:29 am

Terry, Sylvia & family:
So very sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. Sending our condolences at this very sad and difficult time.

Condolence from Cecil g.Publicover on February 19th, 2020 9:44 am

I was saddened by the passing of Richard,
I haven’t seen him for 4 years when he
was @ my 80th birthday party.He was a kind
kind,gentle and cheerful man.
He will be missed by all his friends&family.
and daughter June&family.
Rest in peace.
Cecil&Ronald Publicover

Condolence from Joan McInnis on February 19th, 2020 2:01 pm

To Richard’s family and friends, I am so sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. He was such a nice gentleman and will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him I’m sure. I don’t know any of you but I send my sincere sympathy and condolences. Richard used to come to the Hubbards Area Lions Club where I’m a member to our Fish Fry and seniors lunches and was a very well liked person and friend. He will be missed.

Condolence from Lewis & Darlene Bowmaster on February 19th, 2020 2:34 pm

June & family,
So sorry to hear about your father, everytime I saw him he always had time to have a chat
& always gave me a big hug! He will be missed.

Condolence from Brenda and Bob Lohnes on February 19th, 2020 2:45 pm

Terry, June and families: Our condolences on the loss of your loved one. May he be welcomed to sing in the heavenly choir forever.

Condolence from Wayne Lovett on February 19th, 2020 9:19 pm

Sorry to hear of Richard;s passing.. I knew Richard for many years and always enjoyed a laugh or two.
when we would see each other. I will miss ,those times. Rest in peace my friend

Condolence from Willis & Corina on February 20th, 2020 9:24 am

Sending heartfelt condolences to all…Keep his memories close to the heart and they will bring you comfort in the days ahead…Rest Easy

Condolence from Marlene Robart on February 20th, 2020 11:09 am

Sincere condolences June, to you and your family in the loss of your father. Many happy times were shared with Richard when travelling with the Greenfield Four and attending Barbershop competitions. He loved his music and volunteering his time to community efforts. He will be greatly missed. God bless..

Condolence from Ruth Anne Zwicker & Kevin Cole on February 20th, 2020 12:14 pm

Sylvia, Terry and all Richard’s family,

So sorry for your loss. Sending sincere condolences. Take care.

Condolence from Pam miller on February 21st, 2020 12:13 pm

June it is with great sadness to be writing this condolence reg and myself are so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad .He was a wonderful man with so much love for you all. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him .

Condolence from Richard &Lynne Wolfe on February 21st, 2020 4:15 pm

when in Greenfield Richard was a good friend game for anything we all had a lot of laughs sure did miss him when he left and often thought of him so sorry that he is gone Sending sincere condolences. and God Bless
Richard &Lynne Wolfe

Condolence from Darlene (Roy) Connolly, on February 24th, 2020 1:43 am

June, Terry, Sylvia and families –

So sorry to read that Richard had passed. Had known Richard since he made
the floral arrangements for my wedding (1971). Being a guest at the wedding,
he took a few very nice pictures which he gave to Bill and I. Got to see him
again a few years ago at the Milton Hall. Had a nice chat. We never forgot
one another. He was a fine, kind gentleman. Remember you always have memories!

Condolence from Melina Fougere on August 10th, 2020 11:24 am

I am heartbroken to read this today months after your passing. I love you so much. Give Rob a big hug from me. xoxo

Please accept our deep condolences.

Melina, John and Shelby

Condolence from Paul & MaryLou Smith on December 12th, 2020 4:08 pm

Sylvia, Terry and Richards extended family

We are sorry to have just learned of Richards passing months after it happenned. I always remember the times and dinners at Grammy and Grammy Dexter’s. Our deepest sympathy and condolences to you all. May the blessings be.

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