It is with great regret that I pass on the sad news that John Ward ex (WOAVN) aircraft handler passed away on the morning of 30th May 2017.John had been ill for several years and his fight was long and showed great courage.

He was a great supporter of the ex-handler group and with his wife attended many of our reunions and I for one will miss his help and comradeship.

To his wife Denice and family goes our deepest sympathy.

He was a member of class 81,31-8-59 official number R55406. He served from 1959 to 1984.

An article on the life and times of John is attached below.  A moving tribute to him can be viewed here.

John’s funeral was held at 12:30 on Thursday 8th June 2017 at “Our Lady of Lourdes” Church, 121 Main Road, Sunnybank, followed by internment at the Mt Gravatt Cemetery.  The subsequent wake was at the Sunnybank RSL. 

Glen Hartig