HARPSWELL — Richard E. Ward, 78, died Oct. 15 at Winship Green Nursing Center in Bath.

Born in Searsport on Dec. 24, 1931, the youngest son of Reynolds and Ruth (Watson) Ward, he spent his childhood in Searsport and attended local schools.

On July 16, 1950, he married Alice M. Barnes and they made their home in Harpswell and raised their family.

For 20 years he worked at Bath Iron Works as a painter, and was also a commercial fisherman with Maine Fisheries in Portland.

Family was a big part of his life and there were many memorable reunions and gatherings at the family camp in Cundy’s Harbor.

He was predeceased by his wife, Alice, a son, Earnest Ward, a granddaughter, Hope Ward, a brother, Clarence “Buddy” Ward, and a sister, Katheryn Cook.

Surviving are four sons, Marcel Ward and his wife Susan of Rockland, Rodney Ward and his wife Mary of Brunswick, Jeffrey Ward and his companion Linda Ward of Harpswell, and Timothy Ward and his wife Dixie of Harpswell; a sister, Irene Cook of Searsport; nine grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22 at the Demers- Desmond Funeral Home, 34 Cushing St., Brunswick, where a celebration of life will take place at 1 p.m.

Condolences can be shared with the family online at desmondfuneralhomes.com.

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