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kfox75 12-31-2012 06:30 AM

Lost my grandfather today.
At the age of 83, my grandfather entered the clearing at the end of the path around 0200 yesterday. He was born in Jamestown NY on 27 April, 1929, and passed away at home, with his family present.

NYSP Trooper (Ret.) Richard C. Ward, was a father of 5 children, had 8 grandchildren, and with his wife, Marlene J. Ward, was a foster parent to over 200 kids in a span of 40 years. After retiring from the State Police, he was a machuinist at Newbrook\Exelco in Silver Creek NY for 17 years. He was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and time with his friends and family.

In 1986, he started to have balance problems, and it was determined that he had a degenerative disorder in the balance center of his brain. Never one to give up, he kept himself active untill early this year. Unfortunately, he soon developed other health issues around that time. Through this, he never gave up. He just kept on fighting, and pushed himself to keep going. On Christmas Eve, he took a turn for the worse. In the early hours of December 24th, he had a stroke. He never fully came back from it. We were keeping a 24 hour watch on him for the next 6 days. In the end, he was comfortable, at home with his family. We will all miss him.

R.I.P. Trooper R.C. "Papa Bear" Ward. You are home now.

kytowboater 12-31-2012 06:37 AM

Sorry for your loss. I understand your grief. My thoughts and prayers to you and yours.

rjd3282 12-31-2012 06:51 AM

Sorry for you loss. Never had a grandfather yours sounds like he was a good man.

Colby 12-31-2012 08:06 AM

I'm very sorry....

sdiver35 12-31-2012 10:18 AM

Sorry for your loss.

fupuk 12-31-2012 10:27 AM

Sorry to hear about your Grandfather.

willshoum 12-31-2012 10:43 AM

The weight of the world has been lifted from his shoulders, I feel your pain. I never got to meet either of my grand fathers. But the stories from others keeps them ever present in my life. Keep him in yours......:)

downsouth 12-31-2012 10:57 AM

What a nice tribute to clearly, a great man. Your Grandfather touched many lives and served his family and community with the greatest gift a person has, self.

Sorry for your loss kfox.

Sicilian13 12-31-2012 11:01 AM

R.I.P my prayers are with you

dog2000tj 12-31-2012 11:09 AM

My condolences to you and your family in this time of loss

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