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John 'Jay' W. Ward

August 2, 1949 ~ August 13, 2020 (age 71)


Brunswick - John 'Jay' W. Ward, 71, of Colehamer Avenue died suddenly Thursday, August 13, 2020, in Bridgeport, CT.

Born in Providence, RI, he was son of the late John G. Ward and Kathleen Wright Ward and husband for 49 years  of  Christine Werner Ward. He resided in Brunswick since 1979 and was a  graduate of RPI and earned his Bachelor degrees in Science and Architecture.

Jay was a Principal in Lepera and Ward, PC in Troy for 30 years. He was very proud of Troy and the firm carried out many renovations and adaptive reuse projects in the city and designed numerous health care facilities throughout the NY, VT, MA region. 

After his retirement in 2003, he survived stage 4 cancer and a stroke and, with great effort, taught himself to speak and read again. Jay loved the ocean and sailing and, to the very end, continued to spend all the time he could on his beloved sailboat on Long Island Sound.

Survivors in addition to his wife, include his son, Brendan C. (Mary Ann) Ward, New York City and his granddaughter, Sienna; his brother Peter (Kathleen) Ward; three nephews and 2 cousins.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of John W. Ward to the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society, 3 Oakland Avenue, Menands, NY 12204. 

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Private Services


Mohawk Hudson Humane Society
3 Oakland Avenue, Menands NY 12204

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