Funeral services for Dr. Richard D. Ward Jr. OD, age 79 of Franklin Street in Ogdensburg will be held on Monday (September 12, 2011) at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral with Rev. F. James Shurtleff officiating. Burial will follow the service at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held on Sunday from 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m. at the Fox & Murray Funeral Home. Dr. Ward died Thursday morning at Claxton Hepburn Medical Center surrounded by his family.
Surviving are his three sons, Richard Ward III and his fiancée Cheryl Brassard of Ogdensburg, Patrick J. Ward and Paul R. Ward both of Ogdensburg; two daughters, Catherine Hamblin of Avon, and Teresa A. Ward and her companion Jamie Hazelton of Ogdensburg; a sister, Shirley Gordono of Atlanta, GA; three grandchildren, Richard Ward IV, Maxx and Connor Hamblin; and three nieces, Shirley Ann, Susan and Helen.
His wife, Marion predeceased him in 2007.
Dr. Ward was born on July 21, 1932 in Batavia, a son of the late Richard & Helen (Kaufman) Ward. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Buffalo and then continued his education at the Chicago School of Optometry, where he received his Doctorate. He then married Marion (Wendland) on August 4, 1956 at the St. Constance Church in Illinois. In 1964 the couple moved to Ogdensburg where he owned and operated the Richard D. Ward Optometry office for 37 years. He retired in 2005. He was a former commander of the Power Squadron, a Jr. Chamber of Commerce Member and a longtime member of the Kiwanis and Lions Clubs.
He was an avid clock collector and enjoyed sailing, fishing, and spending time at his camp on the St. Lawrence River. Memorial contributions can be made in his memory to the SPCA or Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley. Online condolences can also be made to the family at www.foxandmurrayfuneralhome.com.