Kenneth E. Ward, age 88, of Wilmington, formerly of Hudson, NH, passed away on March 28, 2015 at Woodbriar of Wilmington.
Ken was born on October 3, 1926 in Boston; he was the cherished son of the late John E. and Beulah (Little) Ward. Ken was raised in Charlestown before moving with his family to Wilmington, where he graduated high school in 1944.
Following his graduation from high school, Ken enlisted in the U.S. Navy on November 2, 1944 in Boston. He proudly served for two years during WWII before being honorably discharged on July 3, 1946.
Ken worked as an equipment installer for New England Telephone (Verizon) for many years before retiring in 1989. Ken continued his dedication to Verizon after his retirement as an active member of the Retirees for Verizon organization.
Ken liked to be involved and kept active with many organizations. He belonged to the American Legion Post #100 of Pelham, NH, the Elks and the National Rifle Association.
In his spare time, Ken loved to read; he would read anything that would spark his interest. In recent years, Ken was a supporter of the Friends of Wilmington Library. Ken also loved to cook for his family and friends. In his earlier years, Ken was a talented gardener; he loved to spend time out in the yard.
Ken will be remembered for his gentle and caring way. He had a great respect and treated his late wife Virginia very well. Ken was close to his family and they considered him their “rock.” He also enjoyed caring for his cat, Princess.
Ken was the beloved husband of the late Virginia (Kennedy) Ward, devoted father of the late Janette (Kennison) Powers & her husband the late Richard, loving grandfather of Laurie Finne & her husband Ken of Wilmington, cherished son of the late John E. and Beulah (Little) Ward. Ken is survived by his step-children Dale Cormier of Tewksbury, Dean Kennedy of Athens, ME and Dyan Kennedy of Danvers, grandchildren Adam, Eric, Jessica, Ashlee, Katie, Alan and Christine. Ken is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and his cat, Princess. He was very special to his former wife, the late Edith (Ward) Narduzzo.
Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, March 31st from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 7:00 p.m. A Graveside Service with Military Honors will take place in the Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, on Wednesday, April 1st at 11:30 a.m.
Memorial donations in Ken’s name may be made to the Friends of Wilmington Library, 175 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA 01887.