John Alward QC
After a brief struggle with pancreatic cancer, John died peacefully at Hospice House in Fredericton, New Brunswick, on September 1, 2019, at the age of 89. The youngest child of Dorothy Alma Alward (née Blizard) and W. Wallace Alward, he was born on March 5, 1930, and grew up in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood of Saint John, attending Winter Street School and Saint John High before earning his BA at the University of New Brunswick in 1951. He studied law at Dalhousie University and, in 1956, joined the Halifax law firm Daley, Ritchie, Black & Moreira. He practiced for 50 years, mentoring many younger lawyers who recall him with respect and affection, and in 2004-2005, he was named Honorary President of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. A long-time reservist, he held various positions in the Canadian Armed Forces (Militia), including Commanding Officer of the 1st (Halifax-Dartmouth) Field Artillery Regiment, President of the Royal Canadian Artillery Association, Chair of the Conference of Defense Associations, President of the Royal United Services Institute of Nova Scotia, Honorary ADC to the Lt. Governor of Nova Scotia and, most recently, Honorary Colonel of the 1st (Halifax-Dartmouth) Field Artillery Regiment. He was also actively involved with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (chairing the Maritime Division and National Library Board) and King’s College (serving on the Board of Governors). John was an avid golfer, playing as a young boy with his father at Westfield and Riverside in Saint John and for many years as a member of Ashburn in Halifax. In 2015, he moved home to New Brunswick, taking up residence at Farraline Place in Fredericton, where he embraced his late eighties with his usual good humour and grace.
He is predeceased by his parents; his brother, Peter, and sister, Prudence; and his ex-wife, Judith. He is survived by his three children, Lisa Alward (John Ball) of Fredericton, Peter Alward of Saskatoon, and Gavin Alward (Mary) of Halifax, as well as his six cherished grandchildren, Hilary, Jack, and Peter Ball, Theo Crane-Alward, and Olivia and Emily Alward, and his great-grandson, Caleb Alward. Also by his six nephews and nieces, Marc and Dominique, and John, Dawn, Melinda, and Julia. He will be remembered for his sunny disposition, his quick wit, his love of family and his integrity.
A celebration of John’s life will take place in Fredericton on March 2020. His name will be added to the Alward family stone in Fernhill Cemetery, Saint John. We are very grateful for the care he received from his nurses in his final days. In lieu of flowers, donations to Farraline Place or Hospice House would be much appreciated.