Great Valley - James "Zack" Patrick Ward, 86, of Great Valley, died Sunday (Nov.
3, 2013), in Olean General Hospital after a short illness.
Born March 14, 1927, in Salamanca, he was the son of John and Martha Ward.
Ward attended Ellicottville High School, graduating with the class of 1945. Following military service, he attended St. Bonaventure University and graduated in 1952 with a Bachelors of Science degree. Additionally, he completed two master's degrees in the field of education at Fredonia State College.
He was a Veteran
of World War II
, having served in the United States Army
with occupation forces in Europe. While serving, he was selected to attend the Nuremburg War Trials where he witnessed the military tribunals of Germany's war criminals.
Ward started his teaching career in Allentown, in 1952, where he taught all 7-12 Social Studies. He went from there the following year to Brocton Central School and taught Social Studies and English until his retirement in 1984. He then returned home to Great Valley and lived with his late sister, Elizabeth, on the family farm.
He was a lifelong member of the Holy Name of Mary Roman Catholic Church, in Ellicottville, and a former Eucharistic Minister. Ward was also a Charter Member of the Great Valley Volunteer Fire Company, which was founded in 1949, as well as a former member of the Salamanca Ancient Order of Hibernians. He was an active member of the Salamanca American Legion Hughes Skiba Post #535 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars John Ahrens Post #5296 in Salamanca.
During his 31 years in Brocton, Ward was very active in the community youth programs where he served for many years as treasurer. He was also greatly involved with the school where he served as an advisor, clock operator, curriculum specialist and many other school related functions.
He was predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth; and two brothers, John and Joseph.
Surviving are six nephews and nieces: Mark (Barbara) Ward and Stephen
(Bridget) Ward of Great Valley, Daniel Ward of Amherst, Maureen (Bill)
O'Donnell of Buffalo, Dennis (Michele) Ward of Kenmore, and Martha Ward of
Amherst; and a sister-in-law, Virginia Ward of Great Valley.
Friends may called Wednesday (Nov. 6, 2013), from 4-8 p.m. at the O'Rourke
and O'Rourke Funeral Home, 25 River St., Salamanca, N.Y.
A Mass Christian Burial was held in Holy Name of Mary Roman Catholic Church on Thursday morning (Nov. 7, 2013) at 11 a.m., with Rev Ronald Mierzwa, pastor, as celebrant.
Burial was in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Ellicottville, N.Y.
Full military honors were conducted by members of the American Legion Post #535 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars John Ahrens Post #5296.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Holy Name of Mary Roman Catholic Church, Ellicottville, N.Y.
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