Thomas J. Ward – 12/27/2018

December 29th, 2018

Thomas P. Joseph Ward,67, of Coatesville, formerly of Boothwyn, passed away after a long illness on December 27th surrounded by his loving family at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  Tom was the second son of the late Joseph A. Ward and Eileen Smith Ward who owned and operated the Ward Funeral Home in Linwood, PA.  He was a graduate of St. James High School.  After graduation, he was hired by Bell telephone Company (Verizon) at the age of 17 and continued his employment with the company for 41 years as a lineman and splicer until his retirement in 2010. Tom then went on to enjoy driving part-time for T.M. McDermott & Co. of West Chester, PA.  He spent years serving as a coach for Coatesville Catholic CYO basketball teams for both of his daughters, and as a sideline supporter for his son’s many track and rugby games at Bishop Shanahan High School.  Tom learned how to make friends with everyone he met, a valuable skill growing up in a family of 6.  He was an avid golfer, and a fan of all Philadelphia sports teams, especially the Eagles.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Joseph F. Ward. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Nancy Lemire Ward; Children, Dr. Bridget Marie Blodgett, Carolyn Mary Ward, and Thomas Patrick Ward; grandson, Thomas Patrick Ward, III; siblings, Francis Ward, Edward Ward, Ellen Marie Crowell, and Margaret Ann Chaga.

His funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, January 2nd at 10:30am at St. John Fisher Church 4110 Chichester ave. Boothwyn, PA.  Friends and family are invited to call on Tuesday evening from 6-8pm at the Joseph A. Ward Funeral Home 1459 Market St. Linwood, Pa and again on Wednesday morning from 9:30-10:30am in church.  Burial will follow in Lawn Croft Cemetery.

16 thoughts on “Thomas J. Ward – 12/27/2018

  1. He was a absolute positive person. Always had a smile on his face and made you feel comfortable. The world finds a way to take amazing people sooner than intended. My sincerw condolences to the Ward family.

  2. Tommy was a part of the family…remember him well at all the Smith/Cohee reunions!! I know he will be sadly missed!! Sorry for his loss!! Prayers of comfort and peace to his family and friends❤️😘❤️

  3. Dear Nancy and family, Franny, Eddie, Ellen and Margie,
    I will always remember Tom with a smile on his face, a laugh in his heart and kind words for everyone. He was a great man, great father and a great brother. He will be missed.
    You have our deepest sympathies.
    Jerry and Michelle O’Leary

  4. Deepest condolences and sympathies Nancy and children, Bridget, Carolyn and Tommy. We will alway remember Tom’s genuine smile and good nature. So sorry for your loss, allow your faith to carry you, your in our thoughts and prayers.

    The Knezo family

  5. On behalf of the St. James High School Alumni Association, I extend our deepest sympathies and prayers on your loss. On April 7, 2019, at St. Madeline’s Church in Ridley Park, the Alumni Association will remember Tom at their annual Memorial Mass.

  6. Dear Nancy, Carolyn, Tommy and Family, Tom was one of the finest men we have had the privilege to have ever known! Our only regret is we only met ten plus years ago! Please know we are deeply saddened by his loss. May God Bless you! With Love, Jan and Tom McDermott

  7. Our condolences to the Tommy Ward family. When we were neighbors on Beck Road, Tommy always greeted us with his warm Irish smile and welcoming manner. Nancy, our prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

    ” May God hold him in the palm of His hand.”

    The Joan Snyder Family

  8. Dear Nancy, Bridget, Carolyn and Tommy,
    Our deepest sympathy to you. May memories of happy times bring you comfort in the days ahead. May the Blessed Mother wrap her motherly arms around all of you and bring you peace.

  9. Dear Nancy and family,. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. Tom was truly a very special man and he will be sorely missed. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Nancy and Carolyn, and family…I havent had the pleasure to meet your other family y members but You and Tom have all been family to me. You treated my daughter as though she was your own. Carolyn you have been the best of friend and a unt “In” to my grand children. I pray you find peace and comfort in all that love you, I pray for your healing and I pray that you find the comfort in knowing Tom is at peace and will see you again. We love you all. Laura and Billy

  11. Nancy & family,
    Our thoughts & prayers are with you in this difficult time.
    Tommy was a friend to everyone he met.

    Deb Deveney

  12. RIPTom. Love to your family. It was my pleasure to grow up with you in Twin Oaks. Glad I was able to connect with youbshdin 6 years after my husbands desth. You were very attentive to everything he wanted and your help was much appreciated. You will never be forgotten.

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