Norwich - Thomas J. Ward, 85, of Hamilton Avenue, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, with his family by his side.
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He was born in St. Louis, Mo., on Oct. 26, 1928, son of the late Thomas and Nora (Rirondan) Ward. Thomas served his country honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict with a rank of staff sergeant. On Nov. 17, 1951, he married the love of his life, Elinor Burns, at St. Patrick's Church in Norwich. Elinor predeceased her husband of 60 years on Nov. 25, 2011.
Tom was a longtime communicant of Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Norwich and a member of the Couples Club at Sts. Peter and Paul. He was a life member of the 3rd degree Knights of Columbus and since 1961 a 4th degree Daniel Mullen Assembly. Mr. Ward was a life member of the B.P.O.E. and a past-president of Literacy Volunteers of Norwich and AHEPA Building #3. Tom was a former member of the East Great Plain Vol. Fire Dept., the Democratic Town Committee and a Justice of the Peace.
Mr. Ward was predeceased by two brothers, John J. Ward and Daniel Ward; and two sisters, Margaret Theresa Venterella and Mary Josephine Haines.
Tom is survived by his two children and their spouses, Daniel and Nicole Ward of Pittsfield, N.H. and Maureen and Michael Kirby of Norwich; one sister, Ellen Mary Klymor of St. Louis; and one brother, Patrick J. Ward of St. Louis; five grandchildren, Sarah, Dylan, Jenna and Casey Ward and Colin Kirby.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Norwich. Burial with Military Honors will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery in Norwich. A calling hour will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., at the Cummings-Gagne Funeral Home, 82 Cliff St., Norwich.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 181 Elizabeth St., Norwich, CT 06360.
To share condolences with the family please visit www.cummings-gagnefh.com.
Cummings-Gagne Funeral Home
82 Cliff Street Norwich, CT 06360
Published in The Day on Apr. 24, 2014