In July 1996, George Ward celebrated his 85th birthday at his home in Coombs; George lived on the same property for 80 of those 85 years – how many people can say that? George was born in Vancouver and moved to the Island travelling by train to their new home. George worked in construction with Alex Fraser and later Don Beaton. George was one of the builders of the Qualicum Theatre. Busy at work and busy in the off hours serving on committees such as the Qualicum School Board, Arrowsmith Agricultural Association and the Coombs-Hilliers Fire Department. In 1967, George Ward was Coombs Citizen of the Year.
For more stories, see p. 148 Parksville & then some by Marjorie Leffler
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