George David Ward, age 71, passed away July 24th in Buffalo, NY.
George was born February 16, 1947 in Wayland. He was a 1965 graduate of Owego Central School. George was a decorated war veteran having earned a purple heart and 3 prestigious bronze stars for meritorious achievement in ground operation against hostile forces while in Vietnam. He was a very proud member of the 11th armored cavalry regiment of the US Army, often referred to as the "Workhorse of the Blackhorse". He married Della M. Wheaton on Sept. 9, 1977; she survives. George was a retired Materials Manager for Constellation Brands in Canandaigua, and previously worked at Widmer Wine Cellars in Naples, NY for 35 years. He also enjoyed working with Sandy Elwell at Naples Wine and Liquor shop part time. George was predeceased by his mother, Carolyn Ward and his son, Kyle Ward.
George enjoyed auto racing, collecting coins, and watching the New York Yankees, but most of all he loved spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Della; his daughter, Lori (John) Rogers; two grandchildren, Grace and Charlie Rogers; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call 6-8 pm Friday, July 27th and 10-11 am Saturday, July 28th at the Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 11 am, Saturday. Burial with full military honors will be in Clearview Cemetery, N. Cohocton.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Clearview Cemetery Assoc. or the Hatch Hose Company in Atlanta, NY.