Joseph Ward Donahue
With sadness, the family of Ward Donahue announce his peaceful passing on Friday, March 8, 2019 at Bobby’s Hospice in Saint John. Ward was born in a small town outside of the city of Miramichi called Newcastle, on October 22, 1939 to the late Melvin and Frances (Casey) Donahue. Ward was predeceased by his wife Marcia Gail (Dykeman), by their daughter Tanya and his brother-in-law Angus. He is survived by his two sisters: Mary Ann MacMillan and Sarah (Jack) Higgins, his two nephews: Andrew MacMillan and Mark (Rachael) Higgins, his two great nephews: Alexander Victoria and Matthew Higgins and great niece Olivia Higgins.
Wards family moved to Glen Falls, Saint John when he was a young boy where his father owned and operated a trucking company which was probably the inspiration for Ward’s career. He worked within his family business for a while before working at Crosby’s Molasses in Saint John as a long haul truck driver, delivering molasses throughout eastern Canada and USA from which he retired after nearly 40 years.
Ward lived with his family until meeting and marrying his wife Marcia of nearly 49 years. He and Marcia resided in Quispamsis with their daughter and light of their lives, Tanya. They enjoyed spending summers camping with family and friends. Ward took great pride and care in all he did with his family, friendships, home and property in Quispamsis. During his retirement, Ward enjoyed bowling, attending church services (for which he was always a half hour early), Sunday dinners with his sister, monthly Saturday breakfasts at the local Lions Club and family visits, sharing lots of laughter and stories of new and old. He was a friend to all who met him and will be best remembered for his strength of character, constant faith, resilience in life, his warmth and generosity, along with wonderful sense of humour.
In keeping with Ward’s wishes, no public viewing or funeral services will be observed and a private interment will be held at a later date. Thank you to Brenan’s Paradise Row Funeral Home in Saint John for arrangements and services. The family wishes to extend many thanks and gratitude to the nursing staff, doctors, kitchen staff, cleaning staff and many volunteers, for the exceptional care extended to Ward during his last few months of life. He spoke of you all with great affection; the friendships made with all and loved being a part of your home and special family. A special thank you to Joan and Doug for your visits, Ward spoke of you both often and with affection. Donations in Ward’s memory can be made to the wonderfully caring facility of Bobby’s Hospice or the Canadian Cancer Society.