LeRoy Robert Ward
LeRoy Robert Ward
  • November 8, 1940 - February 17, 2017
  • Holly Springs, North Carolina

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LeRoy (Lee) Ward, 75, returned to The Lord Friday, February 17, 2017, following courageous battles with heart disease and cancer. Lee was born November 8, 1940 in Suisun, CA, growing up there and later in the state of Washington. He was predeceased by his parents, Robert LeRoy and Beatrice LaDue Ward.

Lee's remarkable career in the U.S. Navy spanned 25 years, from 1958 until 1982, where he attained the rank of MCHC E9. As a Navy medic, Master Chief Ward served tours of duty on many Navy ships and also with the Marines in "special operations" during the Vietnam War. Following retirement from the Navy at Bethesda National Naval Medical Center in 1982, Lee lived on his sailboat in Annapolis, MD, exploring the Chesapeake, until moving to Watertown, NY in 2000. Lee continued to work as a consultant for Health Care Concepts and Information Control until 2000.

LeRoy Ward is survived by Linda Ward, his wife of more than 16 years. Lee and Linda (Flaherty-Nottell) Ward were joined in marriage in Watertown, NY, in September, 2001, where she continued working as a nurse until retiring in 2004. They were an inseparable couple sharing their happiest years, adventuring on their boats along the St. Lawrence River and on Lake Ontario, and enjoying warm winters in Zephyrhills, FL. All the while, they enjoyed spending time with their many grandchildren and with a close circle of friends in NY and Florida. The couple moved south in 2014, leaving the cold and snowy Watertown winters behind, living ever since near family in Holly Springs, NC. LeRoy is survived by four children, Nicole (and Dan) Wallin of Bellevue, NE, Lenora Ward of Morgantown, WV, Michael Ward (and Maureen) of Kearneysville, WV, Steve "Skip" (and Dawn) Ward of Smithburg, MD, along with three step-children: Todd Nottell (and Amanda) of Evans Mills, NY, Robert (and Jennifer) Nottell of Rochester, NY, and Cyndy (and Dan) Scarbrough of Apex, NC and three step-grandchildren.. Lee is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

LeRoy had an amazing life, and he was a most caring and kind person, bringing a smile to everyone he met. Lee's attitude towards life was positive, uplifting and fun-loving. House projects, boating, building and flying RC airplanes, antique car shows, working the antique jewelry sales booth with his brother-in-law, going out dancing with his wife are just a few of the things he loved doing, and doing joyfully. He was always there for anyone and he was always one who listened well, loved deeply and brought joy everywhere he went. His family and friends will carry with them cherished memories of Lee, whose constant compassion, wisdom and courage will serve as examples for all of us.

His widow, Linda Ward, is profoundly grateful to those whose kindness and care supported Lee and her during his hospitalizations at Wake Med Cary and during his brief stay at the Transitions LifeCare in Raleigh.

A private memorial for the family will be held Monday, February 20, 2017. Donations in memory of LeRoy Ward may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.