WILKES-BARRE — Anthony Patrick Ward passed away Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.
Born April 6, 1920, in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Patrick and Rose Mulvey Ward.
A lifelong resident of Wilkes-Barre, Tony was a graduate of Meyers High School and the University of Scranton. After graduation from Scranton, he entered the U.S. Navy and proudly served in the Pacific during World War II, where he flew naval aircraft and completed his service on the USS Balet. He also enjoyed flying as a civilian for years after the war.
After the war he returned home, applied to the FBI and expected to be accepted into their training program. The alternate plan was the purchase of local restaurant he had been considering for some time. His children are grateful that the FBI acceptance letter arrived after his decision to pursue the alternate plan, as the business was where he would eventually meet their mother. He owned and operated Ward's Restaurant, next to City Hall, in downtown Wilkes-Barre, for many years, never completely retiring from his varied business interests.
Mr. Ward was a member of the parishes of St. Therese and Our Lady of Fatima in Wilkes-Barre.
Tony was preceded by his wife of 57 years, Eileen Donohue Ward, whom he cared for dearly, especially in her final years while afflicted with Parkinson's; a daughter, Mollie; and a brother, Frank.
He will be greatly missed by sons, Patrick and Michael, both of Harveys Lake, Jim, Wilkes-Barre; daughter, Kathie and her husband, Alan Freed, Sayre; grandchildren, Megan and her husband, Jason Harris, Plains Township, and Brian Ward, Wilkes-Barre; great-grandson, Tristino Altavilla, Wilkes-Barre; nieces and nephews.
Celebration of Tony's life will be held 8:30 a.m. Friday from McLaughlin's, 142 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, with funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in the Church of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at McLaughlin's.
Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your preference.
Permanent messages and memories can be shared with Tony's family at www.celebratehislife.com.