LORRAINE H. (GARNETT) WARD
1949 - 2017
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WARD, Lorraine H. (Garnett) Of Concord, formerly of Wakefield, died peacefully surrounded by her family on March 9th. Beloved wife of Gerard J.G. Ward. Loving mother of John Ward and wife Bianca, James Ward and wife Sophia, and Matthew Ward and wife Courtney. Sister of John Garnett, Steven Garnett and Julie Garnett. Grandmother of James Peter, Jack, and Matthew Julian. Funeral procession from the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., WAKEFIELD Saturday, March 18th at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass for close friends and family in St. Florence Church, 47 Butler Ave., Wakefield at 9:30 a.m. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the Funeral Home Friday, March 17th from 4-8 p.m. A celebration of life memorial service will occur in Ward Hall at The Fenn School, Concord, MA on a date in early May, soon to be posted on The Fenn School website. Memorial gifts, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Mount Holyoke College, The Lorraine Garnett Ward Scholarship Fund, c/o Gwyneth Merner, Office of Advancement, 50 College St., South Hadley, MA 01075. For obit/guestbook: www.mcdonaldfs.com.

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Published in Boston Globe from Mar. 10 to Mar. 14, 2017.
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March 21, 2017
Ms. Garnett was, without a doubt, my favorite teacher of all time. I was very fortunate to have her as my homeroom teacher for three years (1972-1975) in addition to being a student in her English class. High school years can be very difficult to navigate and I am not sure I would have made it through those years without her caring, guidance and friendship. We were so lucky that this lovely young woman from Boston made her way north across the border to come and teach in our community (Chateauguay, Quebec) as she left such a positive impact on so many student's lives. She truly was a special person who will never be forgotten and will always be remembered with much love and respect. My sincere condolences to her family and friends. May you take comfort in knowing that her light still shines brightly not only in our hearts but in our minds. That is the mark of a truly exceptional person and teacher.
Irene Voizard
Student
March 18, 2017
As I listened to Julie speak of her mother's life, I was so touched and understood what happened to people who were lucky enough to be touched by Lorraine.
Seeing Lorraine's family exit the church, i ( and all the family I was with) teared up and felt the pain and sadness. No words need to be said when you see the love in this family.

The ache of losing a mother is the hardest; I remember that day in my life. And it goes on. I pray that the world will continue to be blessed by the love and selflessness of this woman through her children, her students, her friends and family. Boy, do we need that now.
Thank you so much for allowing me to share in your memories and story of this amazing woman.
Love,
Trish Irons
Trish Irons
March 17, 2017
Miss Garnett was one of my high school teachers over 35 years ago. She was by far my favourite, warm and welcoming, she had a way of making me feel that I mattered, a no easy feat with a 15 year old high school girl. I have never forgotten her or the impact she had on me, I am forever thankful. My condolences to her family and friends. Rest easy Miss Garnett.
Cathy Seary
Student
March 17, 2017
Ms. Garnett was one of my favorite teachers 34 years ago. She helped me come out of my shell and was always there when I needed to talk to someone. I have thought about her often over the years, she was just one of those people that you never forget. Hearing of her passing was sad, and I pulled out my yearbook to look at what she had written in it just to feel closer to her again. * to a girl with a mind of her own. I really enjoyed teaching you. You care a lot about things and thats good! Love Ms. Garnett* I have kept those words with me since 1978. She was an extraordinary teacher who was loved and respected by those she touched. Her presence will be missed by all that knew her.
Valerie Kirkman
Teacher
March 16, 2017
Lorraine Garnett had a huge impact on my life as an impressionable 16-year-old struggling with all of the issues of the day. She seemed to reach out and touch my soul with an instant understanding of the thoughts and feelings constantly in flux in a high school girl. She had an ability to make me and everyone around her feel special and I will be forever in her debt for instilling in me a love of the written word. She changed the course of my life in a hugely positive way and made me a better person. I am so sorry for her family and friends who must be experiencing a massive void in their lives with the absence of this beautiful person in their world.
Carolyn Finnerty
Student
March 16, 2017
Ms Garnett was my high school homeroom teacher from 1972-1975 in a small town outside Montreal - at Howard S. Billings High School in Chateauguay, Quebec. We were in a regional high school of 3000 students so it was easy to feel a little lost there at times. We started every school day in our homeroom class for 15 minutes; Ms. Garnett made sure we all felt included and cared for in this big school. Ms. Garnett was only about 10 years older than us, and was such an empathetic teacher. We could go to her with any problem and she always listened. We knew we had the best homeroom in the school out of about 10 homerooms, and her guidance helped so many of us get through those high school years. She was also an English teacher at our school, and was one of the most loved and respected teacher. Condolences to her family and friends. Please know that she is being mourned in Chateauguay too.
Noreen Finnegan
Student
March 16, 2017
Lorraine was one of the kindest,funniest and most loving people I got to know at Wellesley College. She was one of a kind in terms of her zest for life, and appreciation of the smallest aspects of it. May the wind be at your back dear lady, as you sail forward.
nora hussey
March 16, 2017
Lorraine and Gerard welcomed me to their home, during a trying time of life, for Christmas 1995. I will always remember their kindness. We are so sorry for the loss of Lorraine for the entire family. Passing the Fenn School every day going to work, I always tipped my hat.

Tim Kane and Stephen Sullivan
Aiken, South Carolina
March 16, 2017
My deepest condolences to Jerry and family. While I didn't know Lorraine well, I admired her life well-lived and her loving spirit which pervaded Fenn School and all who knew her. I hope you will find that happy memories of your past with Lorraine will lift your spirits and fill your life with joy at having loved her.
Susan
Susan Curtin
Friend
March 15, 2017
My condolences to Gerry, Matt, John and James and to both families and Lorraine's many friends. Lorraine was always very kind and giving to myself and my son Ryan as well as to everyone who are fortunate to have called her a friend. Rest In Peace Lorraine. I'm very grateful that our paths crossed.
Stephen McWalter
Friend
March 15, 2017
Maya Angelou wrote: "I've learned that you may forget what a person said, you may forget what a person did, but you will never forget the way you make them feel." Aunt Lorraine was smart in so many ways, but she was a genius in love. You only had to bask in her glow for a minute to feel that you were in the presence of love personified. She transcended the vain trappings of life and went right for the heart of it. I, and many she encountered, will doubtless never forget the way she made us feel--that to be your best self was what truly mattered, and that being your best self simply required being genuinely true to yourself. I think she believed that at the core of all of us was something bright and beautiful--and that was it; that was the point of it all--to let your own light shine through, to be guided by love. She will be sorely missed and constantly remembered.
Anne Garnett Taylor
Family
March 14, 2017
We will always remember Lorraine....her dignity, kindness and sincerity. We offer our utmost condolences to her wonderful family who will continue to cherish her spirit.

With our deepest sympathy,
Elaine and Enrico Schwimmer
Elaine and Enrico Schwimmer
March 14, 2017
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March 14, 2017
Ms Garnett (as she was known to me) was an amazing English teacher at Howard S Billings High School in Chateauguay, Quebec in the 1970s. She instilled in me a lifelong love of literature and was my inspiration for pursuing an undergraduate degree in English. She was a devoted, kind, fun-loving teacher and advisor who will be remembered fondly and with respect by all those she taught. My sincere condolences to her family and friends.
Sandy Jenkins
Student
March 14, 2017
Lorraine was the most wonderful and generous person I have ever met. She made me feel I was part of her family when I was the boys nannie.
My condolences to all her wonderful family.
Marja Eckler
March 14, 2017
Lorraine and I were good friends in high school. She was a warm, kind, and brilliant young woman then, and I am sure that she shared her gifts with her family and grandchildren. My deepest sympathies.
Christine Fregosi Beagan Randolph MA
Christine Beagan
March 13, 2017
To the Ward family. I was a childhood friend of Lorraine's from Wakefield. We have stayed in touch over the years through emails and exchanges of family pictures even though we hadn't seen each other since high school. She was so wise and we laughed a lot together. Her spirit will live on and your family will be in my prayers.


Fondly,
Gail Betz
Gail Betz
Friend
March 13, 2017
Gerard, so sorry for your loss. Lorraine was such a wonderful person, and I know she will be greatly missed by you and your family. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Mary (Walker) Bradway
March 13, 2017
Lorraine....a brilliant light......force of nature...always a warm smile...

Will be greatly missed...

Deepest Sympathy,

Gretchen Standke
Gretchen Standke
March 12, 2017
My deepest sympathy and peace to Jerry and the family.

Tony Polito
Anthony Polito
March 12, 2017
Words cannot express the sadness felt at the loss of such a kind, vibrant woman that Lorraine was. Our prayers are with you, Girard, and your family.

Much love,
Pat and Tom Walker
March 11, 2017
What a life remarkably well-lived! With fond memories, we send our prayers and deepest condolences to Jerry and all the family.
Hilary, Bill, and Matthew MIDON
Friend
March 11, 2017
As the wife of a retired ex-tutor, Joe C. LoPresti at Fenn, Lorraine made it a point to welcome me into the Fenn community as soon as she met me. I'm sure many people have experienced the same initial warm greeting. What made that introduction different was that Lorraine took an immediate interest in me as a woman who works with adolescents in a public city high school. She was immediately and genuinely curious and we compared notes in an stimulating, nonjudgmental, deep conversation....something I rarely encounter with new acquaintances. Despite working in very different environments, Lorraine made it clear that we shared many of the same values.

When my husband had a brain aneurysm three years ago and survived, Lorraine sent me a card that I will keep forever. In it she let me know she understood the loss and lifelong difficulties on all levels, and for both of us. She was one of the very few who truly got it.
Mara Bentman
March 11, 2017
No graduate of Mount Holyoke College better represented this amazing women's college. Lorraine understood the value of education in all of its guises from the formal classroom to the sit around and gab fest. Her special appreciation of single sex education and the value it brings to allowing self-realization, particularly in the young, will remain a singular aspect of her legacy. But there are many others: from her adoring family to the legion of friends, including those of us fortunate enough to have shared years with her in college, to the whole of the Fenn community to whom she so dedicated herself. She will be sorely missed by us all who will remember her clarion voice, her focused empathy, and her amazing ability to truly listen to everyone and, even more unusual, to want to hear them. Lorraine, I was honored to count you a friend.

Susan (Susie to Lorraine) Stearns, MHC Class of 1971
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