From the January 2012 edition of the 'UK Log'
Tribute to David Ward
St George’s Church, Tolworth was packed to capacity on Tuesday 16th August for the Thanksgiving Service for the Reverend David Ward, Founder-Chairman of PISG (UK).
Thanks to David’s initiative, a steering group was formed twenty-three years ago which saw the creation of the U.K. Group. It is doubtful whether our society would ever have been formed had it not been for David’s enterprise and leadership at the time.
Fitting tributes were made to David during the Thanksgiving Service and it quickly became apparent how much he had achieved during his lifetime. Born in 1933, he saw service in the RAF on leaving school. Later he entered the Civil Service and became Under Secretary at the Department of Health and Social Security.
David had a strong interest in people and for a while served as a youth leader in his local community. Later he developed a calling for the Church, first becoming a Lay Reader before being ordained in his late forties. At the age of 50 he was appointed Vicar of Streatham Common and then in 1987 he became Vicar of Hook. It was during his ministry there that he resolved to set-up PISG (UK), resulting from a fascination for Pitcairn stamps inspired by the first definitive issue of 1940, and in particular the ½d value of that set, featuring a cluster of oranges.
After retirement, David and his wife Pat moved to Tolworth, but it was not long before he became involved in a number of activities. He was a Liberal Democrat councillor for some four years and, for a while, Deputy Mayor of Kingston-upon-Thames. Also in retirement, he did much to assist his local church in Tolworth, helping them through two interregnums, acting as a non-stipendiary priest.
David is going to be greatly missed, not just in P.I.S.G. where he forged many friendships through his charismatic character, but in many other walks of life - the Church, Rotary, local politics to mention just three. Above all, David will be missed by Pat his wife and their family, to whom we send our sincere condolences.
It is with very great sadness that I learned of the passing of our much-loved Founder, David Ward, on 29th July. He died very peacefully in hospital, with his family there. I had a letter from Pat, informing me of this, - we all knew he was very poorly but it has still come as a great shock. He was such a true inspiration in his enthusiasm for the Group, and most of us would remember the inaugural meeting we had at his Vicarage, back in the '80's.