Art Wardle

A photo of Art Wardle



Arthur Earl Wardle of Rondeau Park passed away on Wednesday December 1, 2021 with his family at his side.  He will be missed so much by his wife Patricia, by his children Diane Mazan (John), Lynda Quick and John Wardle, by Patricia’s children Sheri Peltier (Richard) and Rodney Phillips and a long-time friend Cindy Phillips.

Also missing Art are his grandchildren Justin Brideau (Erica), Jeremy Brideau (Vicky), Janine Ferguson (Steve), Richard Reeves (Tonya), Arthur Reeves (Catherine), Victoria Morton (Chris), Johnathan Wardle, Shaylene Greevink (Peter), Curtis Peltier (Malerie), Kayla Micallef (Matt), Ryan Phillips and Alyssa Phillips as well as all of the great-grandchildren.

Being a part of a large family is what Art knew all of his life.  He was one of thirteen children born to the late Ora & Earl Wardle and was given the nickname “Buck”.  He is survived by his sisters Hildred Hillman, Nancy Crow, Brenda Ritchie, Becky Brideau (Romeo) and Wanda Chesney-Travis as well as his brothers Gary (Carolyn) and Harold “Butch” Wardle.  He was predeceased by his siblings Betty DeLeeuw (Bud), Carris Wickwire (Ernie), Marjorie Formosa (Maurice), John “Bo” Wardle and Bob Wardle (survived by Deb).  He will be remembered by Pat’s siblings Frank Pullen (Heather) and Ann Beatty (Ernie).

Art’s working career began at an early age.  After grade 8 and his father’s early passing, he quit school and began working in the cement business to help support his mother and his siblings.  In the late 1950’s when Southwestern Regional Centre was being built, he helped with it’s construction.  When it was finished, he got a job in the dietary department, eventually passing provincial examinations and earning the designation of chef and the nickname “Red”.  He also farmed just outside Ridgetown where he raised his three children and then in the early 90’s purchased his own restaurant, The Family Café in Blenheim.  When retirement at 65 left him discontent, he returned to the Centre as a chef until it closed.  To this day he had one of his cook shirts still hanging in his closet.  He was proud of his accomplishments in life.  The things that made him smile the most were his family, his work, a great view of the lake, the Montreal Canadiens and a cold beer.

Because of the current COVID situation, only Art’s immediate family will remember him privately at a service at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home on Saturday.  Following the service, he will be laid to rest with his Mom and Dad in Evergreen Cemetery.  Friends wishing to remember him with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Alzheimer’s Society, the Cancer Society or by grabbing a cold beer and gazing at the full moon over the lake on a warm summers night.

The family would like to thank Art’s PSW’s Kayla, Lindsay, Jen and Becky for his excellent home care and the staff at Riverview Gardens in Chatham where he spent the last two months for their compassion and care.

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My deepest condolences to all of Red’s family. I have many cherished memories of working with him.

To the Wardle family. We are so sorry for your loss. Got to know Art well when I was doing custom farming for him over the years. He was a good guy and will be missed by all of you and anyone who knew him. Rick & Nancy Shabley

Pat, Diane, Lynda, John & families - Please accept our sincere sympathy in the passing of Art, our thoughts and prayers are with each of you at this difficult time. May the memories of love shared comfort you both now and in the days to come.

Scott and I are very sorry to hear of your father's passing Diane. We are thinking of you and John at this time. I loved reading his obituary and all of his accomplishments. Our thoughts are with you and all of your family at this time. Donna and Scott Makey

We are so very sorry for your loss..memories of Art are cherishing, had lots of laughs working with him @ SRC..condolences to all of the family

Diane, John and family, thinking of you with our deepest condolences. Mike and Laurie Gall

To Pat and Arts family. It has been a pleasure having you as neighbours at Rondeau. Always loved our chats/laughs and your neighborly kindness. When our Dad got ill , Art kept a watchful eye on him when we couldn’t and made sure our place was in good shape. It put our heart at peace snd we are forever grateful. We are so sorry for your loss of Art. May he RIP Kitty, steve Chris and Lorraine

Pat & family! I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you all !

We are so so sorry for your loss. Our brother Buck will be terribly missed.we pray for comfort for you and the family

We are so sorry for your loss. Uncle Buck will be greatly missed especially by dad. We pray for comfort during this difficult time.

Pat and family, so sorry to hear of Art's passing,our heartfelt condolences sent your way ❤ Russel,Linda and family ⚘

Pat, So sorry to learn of Art's passing. Know your in our thoughts and prayers. Mark and Nan

Very Sorry !!

Very Sorry for your loss !!

I am so sorry for your loss Diane & was always a pleasure to chit chat with Art at the Centre...he had a unique and fun sense of humor and his biggest love was his family. Rest in peace Art. Hugs, Lucy

So sorry Pat and family for your loss, I know he brought many smiles to your face and the roll to your eyes as well haha ---fun memories will keep him alive in our hearts, thinking of you xo

Dear Pat, Diane, Lynda and John, Please accept my sincere condolences. Art was a kind and generous neighbour and friend to me. I always appreciated that sparkle in his eye and jokes we shared. He kept a fatherly eye on me and always made sure I had help with my grass or snow when needed. He and Pat have been wonderful neighbours and I know Art will be dearly missed by his family, friends and neighbours. Hugs to all.

so sorry to hear of Bucks passing Patricia and family my prayers are with you he was a great guy I have known all his life

My mom (Angela Wallace) also worked in the dietary at the centre. She often spoke of RED. Often of some of the pranks he'd pull. Always brought a smile to her face. R, I.P. Red

Thoughts and prayers with Pat and family.

So sorry to hear of Bucky's illness and his passing. Haven't seen him for years but never forgotten. He always had a smile or laugh through our earlier years when I lived next door to Carris and Ernie. Blessings to his families.

My sincere condolences to the Wardle family.

My deepest condolences he was one determined man always after life an what it could offer an always chuckling away about something an deffinetly always with a cold brewski in hand well cheers papa hope now your soul is free an you can kick back relax screem at the hockey game an drink those brews till we meet again in my thoughts forever you'll be rest in peace xox.

Deepest condolences to Pat and his family on the passing of Art. He will be missed by all who knew him. He was a happy go lucky go, always greeted everyone with a great smile, and a laugh. May he RIP Blaine & Penny Jones

Sorry to hear of the passing art my thoughts and prayers go out to your family at this time

My sincere condolences to you Pat and all of Art’s family. Hugs

We are very sorry to hear of Art's passing. Pat, we have you in our prayers.

Rest in peace mr wardle sending hugs and prayers to the family

Diane n family sorry for your loss. May you find comfort with family and friends as you mourn the loss of your father.

Sorry to hear about Red passing. Enjoyed working with him.

Sincere condolences. ❤🙏

My heartfelt condolences to Pat and family. Art “Red” was a great person to work with at SRC. Never a day went by and we are weren’t laughing with him around, always a kind word, and he sure knew how to cook. RIP Art.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys the both of us have fond memories of uncle Buck over the years he will be missed

Pat and family My sincerest condolences to you and all his family❤️

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Sending our sincere condolences to Pat and all of Arts extended family. I know you will miss him dearly.

Buck was a great man and will be missed and sending hugs and thoughts to his family as Buck was always there for me and I've always enjoyed his joking and laughs and appreciate how he loved and cared for his family and friends ❤