Alan M. Ward Jr.
Alan M. Ward Jr.
Alan M. Ward, Jr., age 77, of Rowayton, husband of Joan R. Ward, died peacefully after a long illness on Saturday.
Alan was born in Orchard Park, NY to Alan M. Ward, Sr. and Ruth Vawter Ward. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1952 through 1956. He was quartermaster on the USCGC Courier based in Rhodes, Greece which broadcast the Voice of America radio programs to Eastern Europe. He ended his service as quartermaster on the USCGC Tupelo, a buoy tender on Lake Erie.
After marrying Joan Robertson Ward, also of Orchard Park, Alan embarked on a career in advertising. He joined Young and Rubicam, working in their New York City office. Alan and Joan moved to Rowayton in 1962. After lobstering out of the Five Mile River as a hobby, Alan left advertising and the commute behind and became a commercial lobsterman. He was later employed as an environmental technician by New England Pollution Control, formerly of Norwalk, until he retired.
Alan had a long history of service with the Rowayton Fire Department. After joining as a firefighter in 1967, he was successively Lieutenant, Captain, and spent many years as Deputy Chief of Training. He was always proud that he helped train the first group of female firefighters to join the Rowayton Fire Dept.
Alan was known for his wit, his prodigious memory, and his love of boats and sailing.
In addition to his wife Joan, Alan is survived by his three children, Jeff Ward and his wife Carol Giunta, of Norwalk, Tabitha McKeon and her husband Tom, of West Haven, CT, and Josh Ward, of Magnolia, MA., his sister, Molly Ward Dye, and her husband David of Whitingham VT, and his five grandchildren, Callan McKeon, Bayley Ruth McKeon, Cori Ward, Griffin Ward, and Tom Robertson Ward.
Friends are invited to a memorial gathering on Saturday, March 5th, from 2 pm to 5 pm at the Rowayton Firehouse.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Rowayton Hose Co., 136 Rowayton Ave., Rowayton, CT 06853, or the Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, P.O. Box 489, Wilton, CT 06897.