Patrick Ward

Obituary of Patrick Ward

Patrick C. Ward, 77, of Lincoln Park, died Monday, January 1, 2018.

Born in New York City, Patrick was the son of Hugh and Margaret Ward, who had immigrated from Ireland. Raised in the Bronx, he graduated from Fordham Prep before earning his B.S. in Physics from Fordham University, and later his M.S. in Physics from Stevens Institute of Technology. Patrick had a long career as a physicist, employed by NASA, as well as other leaders in the aerospace and specialty lamp industries. He held numerous patents.  

Pat met fellow New Yorker Monica Carey in 1965.  They wed on June 10, 1967, and together embarked on a 50-year-long adventure.   

Settling first in the suburbs of Washington D.C, they lived in Connecticut and New Jersey before a stint in The Netherlands, where Pat was transferred while working for Phillips International.  During that time, they welcomed the birth of three daughters. They returned to the States, settling in Sparta, NJ,  where they raised their girls on Lake Mohawk, enjoying swimming, boating, ice skating and socializing. 

Pat was unique and larger than life; he had a wicked wit, a gleaming eye and an open-armed generosity of spirit. He could recite chapter and verse of Shakespeare and Yeats, and loved a good history book.  

His greatest love, though, was his family. Pat was always involved with his children while they were growing up, helping to coach their sports teams and staying active their interests. When he was gifted with grandchildren, he enjoyed nothing more than to be in their presence, and passed on his humor, curiosity and compassion to them as they grew.     

Pat is lovingly survived by his wife of fifty years, Monica; his children, Molly Fagan and her husband Kieran, Jane Ward and her partner David Coleman, and Kate Myles and her husband Peter; his sister, Hannah Ward; and his grandchildren, Patrick and Claire Fagan, Dermot and Conor Curtin, and Neil Myles. He was predeceased by his sister, Kathleen Manning.

Visiting hours will be Wednesday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm at the M. John Scanlan Funeral Home, Pompton Plains. A funeral Mass will be held 10 am Thursday at St. Joseph’s Church, Lincoln Park. Burial of ashes will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Valhalla, NY.