Philip E. “Phil” Ward Jr., 80, changed his residence from Port Charlotte, Fla., to his permanent residence at his Heavenly Home, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.
He was born in Dec. 3, 1933, Portsmouth, N.H., the son of Philip E. Ward and Dora M. (nee Hutchins) Ward.
Phil attended Portsmouth Schools, and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. While in the Navy, he married Ruth A. Pearson on Nov. 1, 1952, and the moved to Jacksonville, Fla., where Phil served in fighter Squadron VF-14. Phil furthered his education and received a Bachelor of Science degree from John Brown University.
He taught school in Arkansas, Maine and New Hampshire; he also completed studies in Education and Administration at Farmington State Teachers College, Boston University and The University of Wisconsin. Phil received two National Science Foundation Fellowships, one to Central Missouri State College and the other to Bradley University. He became the Executive Director at the Great Bay School and Training Center in Newington, N.H., and then served as the Executive Director of the Bangor Regional Rehabilitation Center in Bangor, Maine. BRRC attained accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
Phil was an instructor for Keene State Teachers College and the University of Hartford. He was a consultant and a surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities for 20 years. Phil served as President of the Bangor Camp of Gideons International, and also as the Maine State President of Gideons International. He was a former member of Rotary International in Portsmouth, Bangor and Port Charlotte; was President of S&W Associates Inc.; and was a former president of the Greater Bangor Association of Owners & Managers. He served as a deacon, treasurer and senior adult ministries director in several churches, and most recently was a member of Suncoast Baptist Church in Port Charlotte.
Phil is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ruth; sister, Eunice Ward; five children, Norman (Irene) Ward of Carson, Wash., Dan (Dale) Ward of Brownfield, Maine, Pauline (Kevin) of Temecula, Calif., John (Robin) Ward of Bangor, and Glenn (Laura) Ward of Port Charlotte; 13 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at Suncoast Baptist Church, 410 Warrington Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL 33954.