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Thomas Edward Ward, JR.
SHELBURNE- Thomas Edward Ward, Jr., 88, died after a brief illness on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, at his home at Wake Robin, Shelburne, Vt. surrounded by family.
He was born in 1925, in Flushing, N.Y., to Thomas and Edith (Smythe) Ward. He graduated from Kent School in Kent, Conn. After serving in the U.S. Army in World War II, he graduated from Yale University in 1950 and attended the Colorado School of Mines.
On May 1, 1950, he married Margaret “Peg” Sater; and they resided in Summit, N.J., until 1992. Starting in 1978, the Wards enjoyed vacationing at their home in New Haven, Vt., and moved permanently to Weybridge in 1993. He moved to Wake Robin in 2005.
He worked at the Mene Grande Oil Co., Standard Oil of California and for most of his career he was president of Oilfield Equipment Co. of New York City. He traveled in the U.S. and abroad for work. He was also the U.S. Representative for the Eastern & General Syndicate, London, and assistant to the President of the Gas Co. of Vermont.
He had a long affiliation with the British Schools & Universities Foundation, which supports British schools and universities and the academic work of British and U.S. scholars, holding offices over the years as secretary, president, and chairman.
He was known for sporting a bow tie, his life-long thirst for knowledge and his positive spirit. He enjoyed travel, photography, auditing classes at Middlebury College, walking, reading, and family genealogy. He volunteered at the Sheldon Museum on the Pops Concert committee and with the model train layout, and he was recently appointed an honorary trustee of the museum.
He is survived by a daughter, Mary Ward Manley and her husband Michael of New Haven; two sons, Thomas Edward Ward III and his wife Katherine J. Babbott of Weston, Mass., and Scott Denison Ward of Boston; a sister, Nancy Smith of Birmingham, Ala.; five grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Peg, in 2004, and by his sister Amy Beir of Lakeville, Conn.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 2 p.m. at Weybridge Congregational Church. The family asks those who have a bow tie, please wear it.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the British Schools and Universities Foundation Inc. for the Thomas E. Ward Fund, 575 Madison Ave., Suite 1006, New York, NY 10022.
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