Ward Lloyd Bishop passed away peacefully in his home at Agassiz, on Friday, May 16, 2003 at the age of 60, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born on July 18, 1942 at Kamloops, the oldest of two children born to Arthur and Pearl Bishop.
He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Martha; sister Grace Bishop; daughters, Marcia (Darryl) Anderson, and Michelle (Kevin) Shearer; sons, Raymond Bishop, and James (Rosie) Bishop; and grandchildren, Lark Anderson, Timothy and Robert Shearer, Nicholas Fletcher, and Noah Bishop; nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his parents; and in 1972, his daughter Megan Grace.
Ward lived on his parents ranch near Clinton, B.C. until their death, when he went to live with his second family, Bill and Muriel Taylor in Saanichton, B.C. He is also survived by his brother Joseph (Jeanette) Taylor; sisters, Clara (Glenn) Knight, and Margaret (Paul) Anderson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ward obtained a degree in Education at the University of Victoria and became a teacher, counsellor, and administrator in school systems in B.C. and Alberta for 33 years. He served as mayor in Ashcroft for 10 years. He devoted his life to serving God through active participation in churches wherever he resided.
During his life, Ward followed hockey, especially the Vancouver Canucks, and baseball. He loved discussing politics and documenting life around him through photography. He enjoyed flowers and gardening, and delighted in his grandchildren.
The family would like to extend its deepest gratitude to Dave and Marilyn Kroeker and family for their friendship and support through many years. Our appreciation is extended to Dr. Shenkier and staff at the B.C. Cancer Clinic, Dr. Smith and staff at the Agassiz Medical Clinic, and the Palliative Care nurses and home care staff from Chilliwack.
A memorial service was held on Thursday, May 22, 2003 at 2 p.m. at Central Church Community at 46100 Chilliwack Central Rd., Chilliwack.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Ward’s memory may be made to the B.C. Cancer Agency, Care and Research, or to The Giddeons International.
McLean’s Funeral Services in care of arrangements.