Milton – Howard A. Ward, 85, died peacefully on Sunday December 17, 2017 at his home, with loving family by his side.
Howard was born in Underhill on October 20, 1932, the son of Edward and Doris (Ingalls) Ward.
He loved country and blue grass music and was a member of the VT Fiddlers Association. He also played music with the band “The Desperados”.
Howard was a “Jack of All Trades”. He enjoyed farming, mechanical work, construction and fixing anything that needed fixing. He also had a soft heart for the homeless and would often take food, hats, mittens and socks and deliver them to them.
On December 3, 1993, he married Patricia Wood Smith.
In addition to his wife, Pat, of Milton, he is survived by his children, Brenda Bolio of Westford, Nancy Duchaine of So. Burlington, Betty Howard and her husband Duane of FL., Alan Ward and Mary Young of Morrisville, Kevin Ward and Kathy Westover of St. Albans, Loren “Porky” Ward and his wife Karen of Jericho, Rhonda Russin and her husband Kevin of Georgia, his step children Laurie Levy and her husband Derek of Seattle, Washington, Daniel Smith and his wife Angela of Highgate, and Philip Smith of Milton and by several grandchildren and great grandchildren, his brothers and sisters June Thomas of Groton, Roger (Melba) Ward of St. Albans, Bruce (Judy) Ward of Wolcott, Paul (Audrey) Ward of St. Albans, Wesley (Mildred) Ward of S.C., Henry (Linda) Ward of Milton, Ruth Walters of S.C., and Susan (Ronald) Seymour of Underhill., his brother-in-law Steven Currie and sister-in-law Sara Ward, both of Calif., and by several nieces and nephews and his two special feline friends Gracie and Sophie.
Howard was predeceased by the mother of his children Beverly Ward in 1987, his son-in-law’s Michael Bolio, Gerard Duchaine, his brothers Alan Ward, Frank Ward, and Douglas Ward, his sister Pauline Currie, and his brother-in-law’s Eustace Thomas and Charles Walters.
Memorial Contributions in Howards name may be made to the ASPCA, 424 East 92nd St. NY, NY 10128-6804
In following Howard’s wishes, there will be no visiting hours and services will be held at the convenience of the family.