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LAWRENCE - Donald Ford, 76, of Lawrenceville, passed away Monday, Mar. 21, 2011, at Capital Health at Mercer, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Trenton and a lifelong Mercer County resident, he was a graduate of Trenton Central High School.
He served with the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in August 1957.
In 1957 Donald began his long and successful career with the United States Postal Service as a carrier at the Trenton General Mail Facility (GMF). Shortly after he started he was assigned to be a motor vehicle operator in 1958. In 1961, he was again promoted and became clerk of vehicle operations in 1963 and held that position until he was promoted to vehicle operations analyst in 1971. Throughout his postal career he completed many courses at various postal training facilities in addition to attending Mercer County Community College in Trenton. He also received many awards for his suggestions and special achievements. Donald continued to excel and climb through the ranks of the post office. In 1989, he was promoted to manager of fleet operations. After 35 years of service, Donald Ford retired from the postal service in 1996. He was recently employed by Mercer County TRADE.
He joined membership with New Salem Baptist Church in 1955, and chaired the trustee board from 1971 until 1981. He was ordained a deacon in September 1982 and was chairman of the deacon ministries for many years. His church and his church family were a great part of his life.
Son of the late Lenard Ford and Allean Page Ford Bass, he is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Leola; four daughters, Donna Ford Grover of Kingston, N.Y., Denise Wilson of Ewing, Karen Sarnow and Leslie Ford, both of Lawrenceville; one son, David Ford of Lawrenceville; 12 grandchildren, Glenn, Andre, Marriah, Brandon, Justin, Aaron, Austin, Jake, Ellen-Margaret, Malcolm, Ava and Lola; one great-grandchild, Tenana; a brother, Grant Ford of Lawrenceville; a sister, Frances Truehart of Willingboro; his sons-in-law, Anthony J. Wilson, Neal Grover and Andrew Sarnow; a godson, Russell Moore; one cousin, Amanda Murphy; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at New Salem Baptist Church, 316 Union St., with Pastor Ernest D. Wormley Jr. officiating. Calling hours are from 9 a.m. until time of services at the church Wednesday. Interment will be at Ewing Cemetery, Ewing Township. Arrangements are by Anderson Funeral Service.

Published in The Trentonian on Mar. 28, 2011
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