Ward, Anthony Part I - II

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                                             ANTHONY WARD
                              When a person reaches out for help, do not hesitate
                                            By Anthony Ward


An article appeared in our Sunday newspaper titled The New Freeman. The title concerned the fraternalism of the 4th Degree of the great order, the Knights of Columbus. Now fraternal is a word that`s most important, although it passes the public`s minds with little or no concern whatsoever.

Now the meaning of this word is to have faith and trust and respect our clergy, and not only that, but to hold respect of our elders and people who are poor in spirit, not to mention the ones that are lonely, and not to forget the terminally ill.

The article stipulates of our Bishop Joseph Faber MacDonald blessing the beautifully carved statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which the council of No. 6770 commissioned on behalf of our Lady of Assumption Church. Grand Knight, EudoreTheriault, praised highly of the artist, Darren Byers, and strongly emphasized that, `We will be all encouraged by this statue of our Blessed Mother for many years to come.`

Father Gerry white, formerly the pastor of Chatham Head praised the knights for their work of dedication of their church and community and was very pleased to be their chaplain.

Fourth Degree Master, Alvin McKinney, congratulated council No. 6770 for their tireless efforts that they achieved in the past years, and congratulated their 26th anniversary of their council, and emphasized the many great tasks that they accomplished in the past number of years.

K of C response for much charity work

N.B. State Deputy for N.B. traced the order of the Knights from its beginning and emphasized strongly on its activities in charitable and fraternal matters. He strongly stated that the Knights were based on none other than volunteerism, that I must say, is very charitable. The main objective of their work is in full force in battling abortion, which is nothing short of murder; drug addiction, helping refugees, the frail and the elderly, also working with the church in all aspects, promoting vocations and above all, serving the sick as priority.

If at any time, when anyone, anywhere reaches out for help, do not hesitate to extend the hand of charity to them, for it`s in life`s meaning in regard to priority!

I have been in the Knights of Columbus since 1979, and served in almost every office in its structure, including a chartered Grand Knight, also a Faithful Navigator, and I study the program almost daily.

Starting from 1882, by the founder, Michael j. McGivviney, the parish priest at New Haven, Connecticut to the present day, the young priest started the Knights of Columbus for the benefit of the widows and orphans of members of that era of time, for in those days, times were stressful and difficult in New Haven, Connecticut.

Every parish and every church should have a council of the Knights of Columbus, and in any of this due respect we could have a more meaningful and charitable establishment.

We should always try to help the less fortunate, for our maker says, the poor will always have. Others are around daily!

Tribute to my wife, so men will appreciate their wives

On April 8th, at approximately 5 p.m., my wife passed away at the Palliative Care Unit, not quite one hour after she was transferred from the second floor.

I`m referring to the Region No. 7 Hospital, at Chatham Head, the place she had brought thousands of patients from Red Bank to the place where she herself passed away. She was a patient for only one month plus one day. We all were caught off-guard and very disappointed of losing such a great wife, mother and grandmother.

I have witnessed and underwent many difficulties in life, but nothing, and I mean nothing, I can`t imagine could be this hard. It is most stressing and extremely difficult. I thank my god for letting me live with such a humble and a gentle woman for 37 years plus two months.

For all husbands who are still with their wives, I say this to you all, please respect your wife, for if she leaves, you will be left in somewhat the similar situation that I am in at this present time. Believe you, me, it isn`t easy.

Salvation lies in prayer

I am a man of prayer, and that`s the only salvation I know that is pulling me through this turmoil. I pray quite a lot, and I ask my heavenly Father that nothing will ever happen that He and I cannot handle.

I`m forwarding what I call The Married Bliss Advice, hoping it will help the married personnel out there in the public in general. Following is some more advice. Sure hope it is heeded as such.

Always be aware that this life is all you have. Once a minute is gone, there is no way to get it back, no matter how much apologizing or atoning you do.

There will come a time when one of you will lay down for the last time. Only then will you wish you had back those hours, when in anger you didn`t speak to each other.

Only then will you remember all the times you spent with friends, while your partner waited for you alone.

Only then will you remember when your partner wanted to talk, but you ignored her.

Only then, when you hold her hand for the final time, will you pray for a little more time: ”Please, God – just one more minute, please.”

In conclusion, I hope my tribute to my wife will start some men to appreciate their wives and not take them for granted, for as the scriptures say, The Lord giveth, and he also taketh away.

So, don`t forget to pray, and don`t say that you can`t because that is not true.

Many thanks, Higher Power.


Source: Miramichi Leader May 14, 2002

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PART II

                                         ANTHONY WARD
                                        By Gerrit Bosma

MIRAMICHI – A void is left in the Red Bank First Nation of Metepenagiag and the greater Miramichi community. Prominent local aboriginal elder and form Red Bank First Nation chief Anthony Ward died after his car left the road Monday morning.

His daughter said her father was on his way to one of his regular visits to the Miramichi Hospital to comfort the sick. He is described as acting with a large heart from churches and community halls to local hospitals.

The 69-year-old Red Bank man died after his car left highway 425 and went into a culvert in the Boom Road area, undamaged.

Ward would drop everything to help anyone in Miramichi

RCMP reported the accident at 8 a.m. on May 13. Cause of the accident and Ward’s death still aren’t certain, but a heart-attack is believed to be a possibility. An autopsy will be performed.

Staff. Sgt. Dave Brown of the Blackville RCM|P detachment said Ward was transported by ambulance to hospital where he was pronounced dead. Brown also said speed was not a factor in Ward’s accident.

Ward was extremely active in the Knights of Columbus, the organization known as Right Arm of the Catholic Church. Grand Knight for the Miramichi region, Roy Matheson says he lost a good friend and superb knight in Ward’s passing. “He took his mission and role as a Knight very seriously,” said Matheson. “He was the number one Knight as far as I’m concerned. He was a good friend.”

For the many years Matheson knew him, he says Ward had a big heart and would drop anything to help anyone. “He was very well liked wherever he went,” Matheson said. “He visited the sick in the hospital all the time. He visited everybody, no matter who you were.” Such dedication Matheson says were the reason why he stayed with the Knights of Columbus and earned the highest honor of fourth degree knight.

“He was very active and an excellent knight. I wish we had more like him,” he added. “He will be deeply missed by all. Others will be there to honour him like he honoured those who feel before him.” Matheson said Ward rarely missed an Honour Guard to pay respects for those knights who died.

Ward will be buried at St. Thomas Cemetery in Red Bank.

Ward was also a common contributor of letters to the Miramichi Leader/Weekend editorial pages. Recently he wrote a heart-felt letter about his wife who died in April of this year. It can be read (in a separate article).

He is survived by six sons and four daughters and predeceased by one son and his wife, Teresa, who died less than two months ago.

Anthony Ward is being waked at his home at 5 p.m. today, May 14, for family members and Wednesday, May 15 at 5 p.m. for friends and the public. The funeral will be held on Friday, May 17 at St. Thomas Church in Red Bank.


Source: Miramichi Leader – May 14, 2002


Mourners to pour in for elder’s funeral

Anthony Ward was usually the person who rang the funeral bell at St. Thomas Catholic church in Red Bank. Today the bell tolls for Ward’s funeral, expected to draw a mass of mourners from around the Miramichi area.

Ward died suddenly in hospital on Monday, May 13, after his car left the highway in Boom road that same morning. He was on his way to visit the sick at the hospital. A heart-attack is believed to be the cause of death.

An active man of faith, charity and community, few in this region wouldn’t recognize Ward.

Honour guards from both the Knights of Columbus and the Aboriginal Chiefs of New Brunswick will pay their respects to the former Metepenagiag First Nation chief.

Current Red Bank Chief Michael Augustine had only nice words for Ward, his uncle. “I don’t expect we have a facility large enough to house all the people who want to come to his funeral,” Augustine said. “He would drop everything if you needed him. ‘No’ was not in Anthony’s vocabulary.”

Death of wife difficult on Ward

Ward lost his wife Theresa Ward on April 8, and Augustine says being apart from her was difficult for him. “He loved her very much and I think wanted to be with her again.” They were not apart very long.

Augustine said Ward served as a worthy role model and source of inspiration to the entire community. He says it’s still difficult to measure the impact of Ward’s death to Red Bank, but the initial response is shock. “He was a leader for all, an elder you went to for advice,” Augustine said.

Augustine also praised Ward’s efforts with Alcoholics Anonymous and attempts to clean up alcohol abuse in Red Bank, especially when he was chief. “It was special what he did as chief.”

Ward also took elders form his community to Saint Ann de Beaupre every year as it is a special spiritual pilgrimage for aboriginals all over Atlantic Canada.

“He was a knowledgeable man with a big heart,” Augustine said. “He loved his family and loved helping people no matter what their skin color was.”

Grumpy, as Ward was known to a majority of his community, was somewhat of a medical marvel. He survived two brain tumors in his lifetime.

Susan Butler felt moved to call the newspaper to reflect on a man she remembers fondly, both as an activity director at Mount St. Joseph and director of the Miramichi Folksong Festival. “He would come almost every Sunday to visit the residents and bring them fruit,” Butler said. “He came totally on his own initiative. When I told the residents of his passing, many had tears in their eyes. He was a special guy and we are going to miss him.”

Ward was also a regular at the Miramichi Folk Song Festival for about 30 years. He was known for singing How Great Thou Art in the Mi’kmaq language. “When he did sing though he had a nice voice and could carry a tune.” Even when Ward was sick Butler said his wife would wheel him in so he could take in the festival.

George Paul of Metepenagiag Mother Earth Lodge said Ward cared deeply for his community. “A lot of people are definitely going to see a void left in the community with his passing,” Paul said.

Ward, a war veteran, worked in medical services and was involved in numerous volunteer organizations in Metepenagiag and throughout the Miramichi region. At St. Thomas Church in Red Bank he served on Parish Council, sang with the church choir and was a lecturer. Ward also served as band councillor and band chief in the 1970s. He was also president of the NB Indian Arts and Crafts, a charted Grand Knight of Monsignor Ryan Council 8959 as well as other positions on the Knights of Columbus and served as a pilot overseas from 1952 – 1955 with the North Shore Regiment. In his late 60s Ward also went to St. Thomas University, where he took theology courses.

Anthony is survived by six sons four daughters. As for siblings, he is survived by four brothers and three sisters. Anthony is predeceased by one son, Robert J. Ward and a brother Andrian Ward.

He was the son of the late William and Mary (Caplin) Ward.


Source: Miramichi Leader Weekend – May 17, 2002

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