John Albert Ward II, lovingly nicknamed Tad, lost his battle with cancer on November 5, 2015 at Baylor Medical Center Hospice Facility in Dallas, Texas, the age of 67. He was a fighter to the end. Although he lost his fight with esophageal cancer, he never gave up trying for a little more time with his children. He was extremely concerned that his mother’s health would be affected by his death so he made me promise that I would never tell her. The promise was kept until her death in 2018.
His Requiem Mass was celebrated at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church in Keller, Texas on Friday, November 13, 2015. He was honored by the Knights of Columbus. A member of the Clan McKay, his Scottish and Irish highland legacy was remembered with the piper sounding the dirge at the door.
John was born in Charles Town, WV on January 13, 1948. His father was recalled into the US Navy and so the constant moving began. In 1967 he graduated from Staunton Military Academy in Staunton, VA. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Mount St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, MD in 1972. After several jobs in Sales/Marketing he found his calling in medical equipment sales in Dallas, Texas. He especially enjoyed training physicians and surgeons on the use of laser equipment during surgeries.
He was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church in Keller, TX.
Sir Knight John received the honorary title of 4th Degree Knight in the Msgr. R.M. Nolan Council #759 of the Knights of Columbus. He maintained his membership in the Sons of the American Legion in Charles Town, WV.
John Ward loved life. Whether he was sharing the day with family and friends on his boat or just having cookouts in his back yard, he loved to surround himself with the people that he loved. In the true love tradition, he never met a stranger. His love, kindness and generosity were given unconditionally. Throughout his life he was loved, cherished and admired.
John was predeceased by his father, John Albert Ward, Sr. Following his death, his mother Ruth Harmison Ward, his uncle Morgan S. Harmison III, and his cousin William H. Morrow III died.
He will be sadly missed by his sister, Mary Andrea Ward, his children, John Michael Ward, Alexandra Ward, Gabrielle Ward Smith, Regan Mary Ward and Ryann Lee Ward and his two granddaughters, Britain Smith and Abigayle Ruth Hrdlicka.
He will also be lovingly remembered by his nephews Richard F. Kennan Jr. and John Ward Kennan, his cousins, Laurie Giangola, Jill Richmond, Mike Harmison, Sally Ward, Steve Secor, Sam Secor and Frederick Secor.
We will honor his life at a graveside service which will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery in Hagerstown, MD on September 21, 2019 at 10 a.m. He will be laid to rest with his grandparents Edith and Errol Ward and his great Aunt and Uncle, John Albert and Mabel Beck. He and his father had been named for this beloved Uncle. All are welcome.