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Obituary - John Wardman

John Wardman

1936 - 2020

Cook Southland Funeral Chapel - Wardman(2020)

John Paul Wardman, beloved husband of the late Darlene Wardman, passed away in Medicine Hat on Friday, March 20, 2020, at the age of 84 years. He leaves to cherish his memory his children, Vicky (Paul) Proffitt, Wendy (Albert) Bosch, Richard Wardman and Cheryl (Leroy) Yanke; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sisters, Linda Hirsekorn and Joan (David) Lawrence; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins as well as special friends, Tom (Melanie) Chaffee. John was predeceased by his beloved wife, Darlene; parents, Tom (Emma) Wardman; sister, Lorraine (Sam) Booth; parents-in-law, Edward (Lorena) Byers and brother-in-law, Melvin Hirsekorn. John was born on January 19, 1936, in Chapple Township, Rainy Rivers District, Ontario and lived in Emo and the Fort Francis area. He married Darlene Byers in Winnipeg in 1961 and then moved to Medicine Hat. John delivered bread in Rural Ontario, was an autobody painter and a parts delivery driver. He was interested in history, loved to tell stories and was a proficient musician. John loving playing guitar and sang in numerous bands throughout the years. He was involved in the Live Music Club and his other hobbies included camping and visiting with friends and family. The service and details will be announced at a future date.


  1. Debra Lutz:
    Mar 28, 2020 at 11:52 AM

    Dear Cheryl and Leroy,

    Sorry to hear your of your Dad's passing. We think of you often. Take care. Lots of Love Deb and Al Lutz

  2. Jim & Cindy Stroh:
    Mar 29, 2020 at 12:50 PM

    Our sincere condolences to family;
    We have wonderful memories of John out camping, his job was to make toast, he made the best toast. He also played his guitar, sang and told stories. He will be sadly missed. I also went for coffee with him every Friday at the mall, he will be missed, we will keep you all in our hearts and prayers. Jim and Cindy Stroh

  3. Elaine (Yanke) Brice:
    Mar 31, 2020 at 01:36 AM

    To Cheryl, Leroy & family,
    So sorry to hear the passing of your father. Please accept our deepest condolences. Our thoughts are with you all.
    Love Elaine & Harley Brice

  4. Connie Curtis:
    Apr 01, 2020 at 12:39 AM

    Sincere condolences are in my thoughts

  5. Wayne/Marlene Bodin:
    Apr 01, 2020 at 01:22 PM

    Our deepest sympathy goes to you and your families. As the president of the live music club our condolences go out to you . I enjoyed playing music with your dad he was always encouraging and helping me with music. Now he is at peace and with your mom who we also miss dearly. My you find comfort in the days that follow and give you peace. Wayne and Marlene

  6. Jocelyn & Darryl Hodel:
    Apr 01, 2020 at 07:00 PM

    Dear John....
    So sorry you had to leave us!
    Thank you for the years we were together, playing our music, and enjoying a few laughs. You and Bill and I , the Boys and I as we were called then, spent many hours together learning new songs and tweaking the old ones.
    We met at a LMC jam night and you volunteered to help me with my newly written song. You gave me the courage to keep going John, and for that I will always be great full!
    Now you and Bill will be busy entertaining Darlene, as she so loved hearing you play. Our condolences to your Children and Grandchildren, as you will be forever missed. Until we meet again my friend! Love Jos & Darryl

  7. Jeannette Boutkan & Ed TenHove:
    Apr 02, 2020 at 03:46 PM

    Sorry to hear about the loss of your father, you will hold the memories in your heart forever ! Thinking of you at this difficult time.

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