George Ward Jr,, “affectionately” of Sag Harbor, died on January 8. Born at Southampton Hospital, he was the son of Julia and George Ward.
Mr. Ward had a love and knack for mechanics and worked at the family garage until it sold in 1980. He then relocated his talents to the Southampton Town garage. His work ethic, trustworthy nature and reliability secured him employment for Sag Harbor Village and as a Sag Harbor Village police officer. When Mr. Ward and his wife Carol relocated to Florida, his passion for mechanics and industriousness did not permit him to put his feet up in the sunny state, and he went to work at the Volusia County Bus Garage until he retired.
Mr. Ward was a dedicated son, husband, father and brother through kinship as well as through many friendships. He was an honorary member and brother of Sag Harbor Fire Department and served for 29 years. He had a love for classic cars and was involved in many car shows in Florida. He shared his love with friends and family who hold special memories of spiriting around in his ever-evolving collection. He will be remembered always for his big heart and gentle soul.
“George had a short, simple and priceless bucket list: to be surrounded by his four sisters, his children, grandchildren and of course his friends for his last days,” said the family. “His list was fulfilled by those who reciprocated the love that he always unconditionally demonstrated. The last moment memories that were carried with George in his passing live on in the hearts of his firemen brothers who enjoyed his visits to the department and were by his final resting bed. In the hearts of his family will always remain his great humor and deep love for them until his last breath that came upon his peace with a life well lived and allowed him to move on. That day came on January 8, 2017 at 75 years old.”
Mr. Ward is survived by his sisters Eileen Iacono of East Hampton, Miriam Guildi of Southampton, Kathleen Spalding of West Islip and Judith Lattanzio of North Sea. He is also survived by his children George and daughter in law Patricia of Corbin, Kentucky; his daughter Cindy; son in law Christopher and their children Christopher and Haley of Sag Harbor. Mr. Ward is predeceased by both parents and his beloved brother Donald. He is also predeceased by the love of his life, Carol Ward. They shared 39 married years together before her passing. Although he is deeply missed, Mr. Ward’s family rejoices in their faith of his reunion with his dearly loved ones.
The viewing for George Ward Jr. was held at Yardley and Pino Funeral Home on January 11. Funeral services were held on January 12, at Saint Andrews R.C. Church in Sag Harbor. His family was deeply moved and forever grateful for the Sag Harbor Fire Department’s Honor Guard walk through at the viewing.
“George yearned to be home his final hours,” said the family. “His firefighter brothers sealed his last public moment with the same love and respect that he had for his beloved town.”
In lieu of flowers please send memorial donations in Mr. Ward’s name to Sag Harbor Benevolent Association, Sag Harbor Fire Department or East End Hospice.