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John H. Ward Jr.

Born: Thu., Aug. 1, 1957
Died: Wed., Mar. 4, 2020


Visitation

11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Sat., Mar. 07, 2020
Location: LaRobardiere Funeral Home, Inc.


Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sat., Mar. 07, 2020
Location: LaRobardiere Funeral Home, Inc.


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John H. ‘Jr.’ Ward, Jr., 62, of North Bay, NY passed away March 4, 2020 at Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY after a brief illness. John was born August 1, 1957 in Little Falls, NY, a son of John H. & Mary Lucille Finley Ward, Sr., and was a 1975 graduate of Camden High School. He then enlisted in the U.S.M.C. and served his country for 24 years before his discharge in 1999. On August 9, 1975, he married the former Christine Matthews on the Matthews Homestead in North Bay, NY.
‘Junior’ served as corporate officer, current treasurer and long-time member of the North Bay Fire Department, and was a diehard Green Bay Packers fan. He enjoyed fishing, playing poker, yard sales and ‘hoarding’.

     Surviving are his wife, Christine, two daughters, Shannon & James Janes, North Bay, NY, ‘adopted daughter’ Meredith Adams Bonifas, two sons, JD Ward, West Virginia, Jerry Ward, North Bay, NY, eight grandchildren; Alex, Christian, Jake, Patrick, Daniel, Savanna, Regann and Lucas, a sister, Tammy Galbreath, Hopkinsville, KY, four brothers, Kelly & Louise Ward, Bernhards Bay, NY, Billy & Darla Ward, Syracuse, NY, Marvin, David & Wendy Ward, Virginia and many beloved nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Mike.

     Funeral services will be held 2:00pm Saturday from LaRobardiere Funeral Home, Inc., Camden, NY. Calling hours will be held from 11:00am until services at the funeral home, 109 Main Street. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to North Bay Fire Department, State Route 49, North Bay, NY, 13123. You may view obituary and send a message of condolence online at www.larobardierefuneralhome.com

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Debbie Cox
   Posted Wed March 04, 2020
My deepest sympathy at this difficult time. Praying for your family. Love, Debbie

Cheryl McCune
   Posted Thu March 05, 2020
Dear Christine and Family, I'm so sorry to hear of John's passing! Worked with him for a long time at RECC, and he was always so friendly to everyone. Loved the kids and always gave his best! My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

Wilfred Howe
   Posted Thu March 05, 2020
Chris and family;
So surprised and saddened to hear of John's passing, he was just at the time in life where he should kick back and enjoy retirement; life isn't always fair, I guess. John, you lived a hell of a life, one that anyone would be proud to have on their resume. Rest easy Marine, your honorable tour is done. Semper Fi !! Wilfred Howe

Darrell Van Pelt
   Posted Thu March 05, 2020
I grew up on Mill St. and remember Jr. coming home on leave back in the late 70s and taking Mike,David, my brother Don and me to Westdale dam to swim. It was the first time I was ever there and thought that rope was the greatest thing I’d ever seen. Grew up with the Wards on Mill St and played a lot of football and baseball games in their yard. Condolences to the Ward siblings and their families. Rest easy Jr.

Julie
   Posted Fri March 06, 2020
So sorry to hear of Mr. John's passing. My daughter, who attends RECC, spoke of him fondly and often. He will be missed!

Shane and Mona Shampine
   Posted Fri March 06, 2020
Dear Chris and family,
We are very sorry to hear of John's passing. We always looked forward to our visits whenever he would stop in at our garage sales.

Bobby and Kathy Howe
   Posted Fri March 06, 2020
Chris and family,

Such a loss. What memories!

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Andy Cesarini
   Posted Sat March 07, 2020
My sincerest sympathy and prayers to Christine and the family. John was a great customer and FRIEND of mine for almost 20 years. I was John's Sysco sales rep at RECC. I looked forward to seeing and talking to John every Monday morning around 10am. We both loved to share stories and catch up on our favorite NFL teams: mine the Steelers and his of course, the Packers! John gave me a few vintage Steeler football cards he found at an auction, which i will cherish. I always enjoyed also our conversations about fishing and Yankee baseball. I was very proud to introduce my son Nick to him after U.S.M.C. boot camp! i will never forget the time I asked John if he "was" a Marine... and he corrected me and said "still" a "always" a Marine! He had two sayings for me every Monday morning... I would always ask how his weekend was, and his answer was one word... "over"! And as I was leaving, I would always say "see you next week", and he would answer: "thanks for the warning!" ... with a smile of course! I really enjoyed John's company and friendship for those many years and I already miss him! When John left RECC, we made plans to meet for breakfast after the holidays, and sadly we never got the chance. I pray for the family. I am a believer in God, and know he is merciful and answers prayers. My hope is that John's passing will bring your family closer and bring your family to a firm belief in God and the saving grace that Jesus Christ has to offer!
God desires that ALL of us spend eternity with HIM through faith in HIS son Jesus.
May you blessed and comforted,
Andy

Missy Locke
   Posted Sun March 08, 2020
Chris, I’m so sorry for your loss. Missy Locke

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