James Alexander Ward was born to Wilf and Jean (Clarke) on January 25, 1958 in Melfort, Saskatchewan.
He grew up helping his father on their mixed farm. After graduating, Jim worked at the Sask Ply Mill in Hudson Bay where he met the love of his life, Shelly. They were married in 1980 in Kelvington, SK. They moved to Big River, SK where Jim completed his Motor vehicle mechanic apprenticeship. They then moved to Turtleford and in 1984 they welcomed son, Ashley James and 1986 their daughter Crystal Mary Jane was born. They then moved as a family to Preeceville in 1987. Since then, Jim has made Preeceville home.
Jim loved being at the farm and outdoors. He was passionate about everything he did and did it with his whole heart. He loved to fish, hunt and tinker with do it yourself projects. There was nothing that Jim could not fix. Jim found huge joy in spending time with his children and his grand girls.
Jim was very involved in all aspects of the community. He worked at Preeceville John Deere for 30 years where he made many connections with many people. He was also active in the Preeceville Volunteer Fire Department and received the Governor General Protective Services medal for 25 years of service. He was also involved in many organizations throughout the years including the Mushers Rendezvous committee, Town Counsel, Church Committee and Hospital Building Committee. Jim was community proud, and would be willing to help with anything that was going on.
Jim is predeceased by his father Wilf and niece Laura.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 38 years, Shelly, son Ashley (Andrea), daughter Crystal (Justin) and special grandchildren, Adley, Sage and Avery. Also left to cherish his memory, mother Jean, brother Jim (Sharon), sisters, Vicki (Leonard) and Thelma (Barry). In-laws John and Ida Onyskiw.