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Ward, John-Peter, 1944-2022

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  • 1944-2022

John-Peter Ward was born on October 27, 1944 in Sherbrooke. The second living child of a family of seven, his life was marked by his wish to excel in the fields that interested him. Audio, cycling, cross-country skiing, construction tools and photography were his passions at different times in his life. Having taken a course in technical drawing, then a bachelor's degree in philosophy at the University of Sherbrooke, he devoted a good part of his life to supporting his father, Albert Ward, suffering from lung cancer (1915-1987), then his mother, Marcelle Salois, suffering from Alzheimer's disease (1919-2013). Single and reserved, he lived with his parents all his life before acquiring the family home after his mother's death in 2013.

Between 1958 and 1968, the family lived in a house in the country on Route 143 between Bromptonville and Windsor. In 1968, the family moved to Greenlay, to a house built in the 19th century. People knew John-Peter by his long walks. This was an opportunity for him to photograph various events, including the demolition of the Domtar Mill in Windsor, floods in Greenlay and fires. Photography for him was a technical tool of precision before being an art. He was especially interested in the quality of the image in different contexts.

John-Peter Ward died in 2022.