Remember Stephen again and praying for his family as again their loss is remembered. May you have peace and comfort that only God can give with such a great loss. Pat Karnig, Wallkill, NY
You will never be forgotten.
In remembrance. Thinking of you and your family.
Please accept my Deepest Sympathies
Today in Phoenix I climbed to the top of the tower I work in for a 9/11 commemorative event. There was a box of little pieces of paper with names of people who lost their lives. I picked Stephen and carried him to the top with me.
I can't believe it's been 12 years, but Steve you are not forgotten! I am thinking of you & your family today.
steve, i will never forget you throwing me off the dock in the ocean at our family reunion. and how you told all the other kids and family we were going to return cans and actually went go cart racing. you were awesome man! a great cousin that i could look up to and i love ya and will always miss you.
I received a bracelet with Stephen's name on it at the Waterfires display in Providence. RI. I have had it since 2005 and I have been praying for your family. I did not find this site until today. Stephen's name is on a card in front of my computer, so I see it every day and think about how your family might be each day. You are honoring his memory so beautifully. He sounds like a very special man!
To the family of Stephan Gordon Ward, I saw his name when I went to NY around 8 years ago. I never forgot. My name is Ward also, I just knew I had to find out who this Ward was.
Remembering Steve today. God Bless.
today I recieved a flag from a colorado firehouse to remember those fallen today I was given the chance to say sorry for the loss and thank you for protecting us. I am 8 years old and we hold all of you in our hearts
steve was a dear college friend of mine who will be missed by all. his contagious laugh and
fun loving spirt got me through my freshman year. we laughed , partied but most of all shared good times together. i want u & ur family
to know that my son nickolas
was born on 9-11-2001 . i often tell him about u and our brief friendship. anyway u will be missed & god bless u & ur family.
To Steve's family,
After 9-11 I received a sterling silver bracelet with Steven's name on it. For many months I prayed for his family. Every year as 9-11 drew near I would pray again. This year I have taken out the bracelet to pray for all of his family and friends.
Remembering Steve with sorrow and with smiles, nine years later.
Remembering fond memories of a great friend today. Miss you Steve.
In celebration today of Steve and his life and his laughter.
I worked with Steve in Boston and my thoughts and prayers are with him family today and always.
Also thinking of Steve and his family often in these last few days. Steve is greatly missed.
I'm thinking of Steve and his family on this eve of the 11th. I think of him often and still miss him.
Happy belated Birthday!!!
It is difficult to believe that it has been 7 years. Where does time go? My thoughts are with Stephen's family on this anniversary! Never forgotten!
Happy belated Birthday!!!
This is my first year teaching after changing careers and I talked long and hard to my students today about what happened 6 years ago. It was a day that we will always remember.
Steve was taken much too young from all of us. I miss you Steve.
God bless you Steve. I think of you often and recall many memories of you when I would hang out at your moms house with Katie. You will forever be missed by all who knew you.
To the Ward family:
My thoughts and prayers are with you as it is had to believe it has been 5 years since we lost Steve.
I will always consider Steve to be a great friend and still think of him often.
I can't bellieve it's been 5 years today that a tragedy ended your life on this earth. You will not be forgotten Steve. I think of you often. I also think of Susan how hard it must be for her, the two of you were close, I remember in High school. I still remember the day that I heard that you were in the Trade Center and was killed I was shocked that I knew someone.
Your birthday is coming up again. It's hard to believe that it's been 4 1/2 years since you left us. We're coming up on our 20 year reunion and, like the last one in 2001, it won't be the same without your smile and your antics! I'm sure you're playing ball up there and grinning ear to ear as you did here on Earth. I don't think I ever saw you not smiling; and it wasn't just a smile; it was an "I'm-up-to-something" smile. Happy Birthday, Steve. Trish xoxo
As September starts I have a heavy heart that is full of memories of you and all the other September 11th victims. I will burn my candle on the evening of September 11th and reflect on my blessings! Gorham will never forget you ... none of us will! My thoughts and prayers to your friends and family as the 4 year anniversary approaches. American remembers!
To the Ward Family.
As we approach the 4th anniversary of 9/11 I wanted to let you know my thoughts and prayers are with you.
I loved Steve like a brother and he and you all will be in my thoughts as I light his candle on 9/11 and remember how special he was to us all. He is missed.
Stephen is not forgotten. This is an update of an earlier entry - I am in the Air Force and I carry his picture and tribute with me. I am now serving 'in theater', and Stephen's memory came with me. It does inspire me and keep me hanging tough. God bless.
Technical Sergeant Alison
you will always be remembered by your family here in NY..we all love and miss you, I hope you're watching over us now and help us get through our troubled time...every year on 9/11 I think of you. Love you always
your Cousin Brittany
Stephen, you died a hero's death. your family and friends should be truly proud of you. Rest in peace. God bless america
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You are in the thoughts of more people than you would ever believe.
We have one of Stephen's candles. We will light it this evening and every evening on September 11th and say a prayer for him and his family and friends that miss him so very much. To all those that knew and loved Stephen, we offer our prayers for peace and healing in your hearts. He will always be remembered.
To the family and friends of Stephen: I was saddened to hear the news about Stephen a few months ago from my sister Alicia who still resides in Maine. My thoughts and prayers go to his loved ones. I grew up in Gorham as a basketball player and remember looking up to Stephen and the rest of players as they successfully went on to the State Finals up in Augusta. Again I am sorry to hear of your tragic loss.
Matt McFarland -Gorham,ME/Boston,MA.
To the familiy and friends of Steve, I just wanted to let you know he is still in my thoughts, especially today. I grew up with Ken, Steve's younger brother, and whole Ward family and have many great memories - the best of which are hitting wiffle ball home runs when Steve pitched! I hope time is helping to heal the wounds created a year ago today. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Dear Family and/or Friends of Stephen Ward,
Hi, my name is Christina Ruiz, I'm in the ninth grade going to St. Pius the tenth High School. I am terribly sorry about what happened to Mr. Ward. So, in memory of what happened last year, our school wears wrist bands of one person who died on Sept. 11th of last year. I know all of you people who are the friends and family of Stephen miss him a lot, so I will pray for him and keep him in my thoughts during the week of Sept. 11th each year. I will keep the wrist band and keep passing it on to my children and their children. I hope you will recover soon from this tragic event and I wish your family and friends love and happiness.
I will keep Stephen in my prayers,
:) Christina Ruiz :) :) :) :)
Although I moved away from Maine in 1983 Steve and remained close. For several years we called, wrote, and visited each other as much as we could. As we became older and our lives became more complicated we relied on emails to let the other person know we were thinking of them. No matter the distance between us, I still always consider Steve my BEST friend.
I only saw Steve twice in that past 10 years, but it did not matter how much time had passed, we could just connect like no other person I know.
I remember going to visit him in Boston 6 years ago and staying with him. Although officially an adult, Steve was the fun loving kid I grew up with and it was like we never missed a beat.
The last time I saw Steve was at my wedding 5 years ago. I could not imagine that day about my future, without such big part of my past. I treasure that wedding present that I received even more now.
My thoughts and prayers are with Steve's family as the anniversary of September 11th approaches.
With all my love.
Bill and I remember "Stevie" from the early 70's when he was a toddler. He was so active (to put it midly) and his sistetr Susan was always watching over him. We remember a beautiful boy with energy and love. Our hearts are saddened that he is gone.
Bill and I want to extend comfort to Gordon and Vickie. We read Susan's tribute and we could tell that Stephen developed into a good man and never lost the sparkle we saw in him.
Carol & Bill
DEAR GOD SHINE YOUR LIGHT ON THIS BEAUTIFUL MAN..STEPHEN GORDON WARD AND MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE WITH GOD AND HIS ANGELS..GOD BLESS HIS LOVING FAMILY AND MANY FRIENDS..GOD BLESS AMERICA AND NEW YORK..MAY JESUS AND ST.STEPHEN GREET YOU AT THE GATES OF HEAVEN...AMEN
My prayer for Timothy's family is peace and comfort.
A radio station here in Green Bay played a version of Silent Night. These are the words to that version:
You say you will never forget where you were when you heard the news On September 11, 2001. Neither will I.
I was on the 110th floor in a smoke filled room with a man who called his wife to say "Good-Bye." I held his fingers steady as he dialed. I gave him the peace to say, “Honey, I am not going to make it, but it is OK...I am ready to go."
I was with his wife when he called as she fed breakfast to their children. I held her up as she tried to understand his words and as she realized he wasn't coming home that night.
I was in the stairwell of the 23rd floor when a woman cried out to Me for help. "I have been knocking on the door of your heart for 50 years!" I said. "Of course I will show you the way home - only believe in Me now."
I was at the base of the building with the Priest ministering to the injured and devastated souls. I took him home to tend to his Flock in Heaven. He heard my voice and answered.
I was on all four of those planes, in every seat, with every prayer. I was with the crew as they were overtaken. I was in the very hearts of the believers there, comforting and assuring them that their faith has saved them.
I was in Texas, Kansas, London. I was standing next to you when you heard the terrible news. Did you sense Me?
I want you to know that I saw every face. I knew every name - though not all know Me. Some met Me for the first time on the 86th floor.
Some sought Me with their last breath.
Some couldn't hear Me calling to them through the smoke and flames; "Come to Me... this way... take my hand." Some chose, for the final time, to ignore Me. But, I was there.
I did not place you in the Tower that day. You may not know why, but I do. However, if you were there in that explosive moment in time, would you have reached for Me?
September 11, 2001 was not the end of the journey for you. But someday your journey will end. And I will be there for you as well. Seek Me now while I may be found. Then, at any moment, you know you are "ready to go."
I will be in the stairwell of your final moments.
I hope that this brings some comfort to you, Sue, Tim's mother.
I am praying for you and Timothy.
A Caring American,
I met Steve in elementary school. We shared a love for basketball and had many great experiences together on the basketball court.
I was with Steve the night I met my fiancee. I will remember that night forever.
My prayers and support are with the family. I do remember the good times he had at Gorham High during basketball season. I know his spirit will help a lot of kids in Maine.
I enlisted in the Air Force Reserve after 9-11 and am now a medic with a C-130 squadron. I know why I'm serving - but out of all those thousands lost I needed one, just one, to carry in my heart as a reminder.
Steven's joy of life captured me the moment I read his tribute. He reminds me so much of my brother! My love and my prayers go out to his family, and I hope it offers some small comfort to them that it is Steven's picture and story that I carry with me, out of all those thousands - one person I can honor and one sweet life that will always remind me why I serve.
Sounds like Stephen had a wonderful zest for life and being an uncle and brother to those he loved. We are tremendously sorry for your loss. Our hearts cry with you.
We see your sorrow-
and our hearts cry....
We can not erase your pain
but you do not have to face the anguish alone-for we-
-the American people-
are beside you.
We so desperately want to have the touch that brings you comfort,
the strength that gives you courage,
and the words to lighten your spirits.
And when we are left speechless
may the silence of our nation weave love into your hearts
to ease your sorrow.
May you find healing through our nation's strength as we-
-the American people-
face this difficult time together. Our hearts are with you. Teresa Jahn
To the family of Stephen Ward,
My prayers are with you and Stephen. May God Bless you and grant you peace.
We have been smiling and laughing remembering funny "Steve" moments since September 11th. We recall how excited he would get about the simple things, most especially things involving his family. His niece and nephew will miss him, but they will happily recall his antics and how much he enjoyed spending time with them. Perhaps it will be comforting to his friends if they remember fun and silly times together with Steve-there were a lot. Peace to all.
My heart goes out to all your family and friends who will miss you and your quick wit. I am sad you never got a real chance to experience the New York lifestyle before this tragedy struck.
Steve, Steve, Steve.. You and I certainly have our memories.. I will have only happy thoughts whenever I think of you and our times together. I see you with your blue shirt on and big grin.. God, I loved you. You will be missed.