Joseph Ward, the son of the late Charlie Sr. and Frances Ward was born in Wagram, North Carolina on Tuesday, November 19, 1946.
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As a young boy he attended school in North Carolina and became a member of the Shady Grove Baptist Church where he was baptized. The family later moved to Brooklyn New York where he attended Alexander Hamilton High School and became a member of Bethel Baptist Church.
He met the love of his life Lorraine, and from that meeting they married and began their life journey together. While living in Brooklyn he worked at a printing firm and later went on to work for the Brooklyn Union Gas Company for several years. The family moved to Springfield Massachusetts and he became a manager at A&P Supermarkets. After several years of working at the A&P in Springfield he decided to make a career change. He took technical training classes which led him to a position at Xerox Corp. in Hartford CT. Later he received a promotion to a CSR Engineer in Rochester NY where the family moved in 1990. He loved his job and co-workers and retired in 2008 with over 25 years of service.
Joe was a devoted and loving husband and father. To know him was to love him.
On Tuesday, April 7, 2020 he departed this life from a short illness. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife and true love for over 54 years Lorraine Ward of Rochester NY; his loving daughter Dena Robin Ward of Rochester NY; two sons Joseph Kinard Ward and wife Lakeisha of Queens NY; Oronde Jaja Ward and wife Angelica of Queens NY; One sister Dorothy Ward Jenkins and husband Arthur of Indian Trail, North Carolina; 10 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren; bother-in-law Henry Sypher of Arizona, 2 sister-in-laws Dianne Ifill of Brooklyn NY; and Lorine Williams of Davenport Florida; his lifelong best friend George Edmonds of Rock Hill, South Carolina; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and good friends.
We thank God for the time that He has Allowed us to share with Joseph here on earth
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