WARD Monday, August 19, 2013, Gerald F. Ward, 60, passed away at his home on Duck Key, FL after an extended illness. He will be deeply missed by his wife Susie Ward, his mother Violet Ward, and two brothers, Harry and Tom Ward. His father, Harry H. Ward precedes him in death. His education included Rockhurst High School, Kansas City, MO; attended Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ and University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. Gerald earned his private pilot license at the age of 17. He enrolled in a flying school in Kissimmee, FL to earn his single engine instrument rating, commercial rating, and commercial instrument rating. Gerald worked as scuba dive instructor in Monterery, CA at Ed Brawleys Scuba; Capt. Don's Habitat on the island Bonaire, NA. He also taught scuba on the islands of Vieques, Puerto Rico and Ambergris Caye, Belize. He attended Chapman School of Seamanship in Stuart FL and earned his 100 ton Coast Guard Captains license. More recently he was known by many FL Keys residents for his skilled and beautiful finished carpentry projects. In lieu of flowers, he would prefer a donation be made to the Marathon Wild Bird Center.
Published in Florida Keys Keynoter / Reporter on Sept. 7, 2013