Obituaries

William F. “Bill” Ward Jr., 73, of Leicester

WILLIAM F. “BILL” WARD JR.

LEICESTER — William F. “Bill” Ward Jr., 73, passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, after a sudden illness.
Bill was born in Glen Ridge, N.J., to William and Marjory Ward Sr. Throughout his childhood, Bill faced seemingly insurmountable obstacles but through the love of his family, and his own determination, he not only learned to walk but to swim. He would later compete in the Special Olympics as a swimmer.
In his 40’s, Bill left New Jersey for Vermont and after a short stay at a group home joined the Delphia family. He was known as ‘Uncle Bill’ and over the past 25 years loved watching Zak and Ashlie grow up and have children of their own. He loved laughing with Barry and Julie, spending time with Ronnie and Michelle, having fun at family get-togethers, watching Law & Order in his recliner, attending Camp Thorpe, and going to Project Independence with his best friend Richard.
Bill loved people and was blessed to be loved by so many family and friends. Bill maintained a close lifelong relationship with his sisters, Carol and Susan, brother-in-law, Earle, former brother-in-law John, and his niece and nephews.
We are grateful to the staff at Project Independence and Camp Thorpe, who gave Bill so much joy. Thank you to everyone who brought love to his life.
A private celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers we ask you consider a donation to Project Independence 112 Exchange Street, Middlebury, VT 05753, or Camp Thorpe, PO Box 82, Brandon, VT 05733, in Bill’s memory.◊

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