It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the death of our beloved son, Neil Robert Ward. Neil died peacefully at the Royal Alexandra Hospital at the age of 34, with mom and his brother Kevin at his side.
Neil is survived by and will be forever loved and remembered by his parents Philippa (Pip) and John, his cherished older brother Jeremy (Carrie) and their children Jack and Gwen and younger brother Kevin. Neil is also survived by his Uncle Bob (aka “Body”) who brought him great joy and laughter as well as Aunts Mary Jane, Jane and Sylvia and numerous cousins.
While Neil faced many challenges, beginning at birth, he faced them head-on and always did his best to overcome them supported by family, friends, his support staff with McMan Youth, Family and Community Services as well as Chrysalis and numerous amazing professionals. He was a real trooper. Neil relished the outdoors; walking, camping, horseback riding and picnicking to name a few. Since last fall, he was thrilled to return to supported swimming at his local YMCA. He also had a tremendous appetite and was a sensible eater – eating Smarties one at a time!
Music was a source of great joy too. Even when he chose to toss his hearing aids you could elicit a big smile by singing in his ear. Often, when he knew the song, he would join in. He would also occasionally bang out his type of music on his electric keyboard.
We will miss Neil so much but will strive to take our lead from him, he was our finest teacher.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Neil July 12, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home, 10011 – 114 Street Edmonton. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Rainbow Society of Alberta would be appreciated.