James Ward, 73, father of Ridgefielder

James Winfield Ward of Wilton, the father of a Ridgefield resident, died on Saturday, Sept. 13, at his home.

He was born in New York City on Oct. 10, 1940 to the late James and Florence Ward.  He grew up in the Parkchester section of the Bronx as the older brother to his six surviving siblings – Gerry (Diana) Ward, Robert (Sandy) Ward, Jane (Patrick) Burns, Donald Ward, Patricia Ward and Virginia Ward.

After attending Cardinal Hayes High School and Fordham University, he worked in the insurance and financial services industries, most recently as senior field vice president with Mutual of America in New York City.

In 1970, Mr. Ward  married Cynthia Morin in Boston. They had three children – Jennifer (Brian) Meres of Ridgefield, John (Sevia) Ward of Rowayton, and Stephen (Phoebe) Ward of Bronxville, N.Y.  He is also survived by six grandchildren

He spent a great deal of time volunteering, including serving the school district in Wilton and coaching sports, and later with the Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County.  He was awarded the Lifetime Friend Award by the Meals on Wheels Association of America in 2011.

Friends may call at the Hoyt-Cognetta Funeral Home, 5 East Wall Street, Norwalk, on Friday, Sept. 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. A Memorial Mass in celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church, 229 Danbury Road, Wilton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County, P.O. Box 489, Wilton, CT 06897 or to the James Ward Basketball Scholarship Fund c/o Cardinal Hayes High School Cardinal and Gold Fund, 650 Grand Concourse, New York, NY 10451.