Wardell Ward, 72, of Howell, NJ passed away on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Abington Hospital in Abington, PA.
Mr. Ward was born in Campbellton, FL and had lived in Jacksonville, FL and Newark, NJ before settling in Howell in 1997. He worked for American Airlines out of the Newark Airport prior to his retirement in 1995.
Wardell was the superintendent at Newark Church of Christ and was a God-fearing man whose participation at church included teaching Sunday school and acting as a song leader. He enjoyed bowling and riding his motorcycle. Wardell loved young people and was a wonderful mentor to those he was involved with.
Wardell is survived by his wife of 56 years, Janice Ward of Howell; Charla Ward of Springfield and Clara Ward of Green Brook; three grandchildren, Wardell Thaddeus Ward of Howell, Brandon Earl Ward of Green Brook and Darris Alan Morgan of NY; and one great grandchild, Alexander Gray Harrison-Ward of VA; other relatives and friends.
When I have moved beyond you in the adventure of life,
Gather in some pleasant place and there remember me
With spoken words, old and new.
Let a tear if you will, but let a smile come quickly
For I have loved the laughter of life.
Do not linger too long with your solemnities.
Go eat and talk, and when you can;
Follow a woodland trail, climb a high mountain,
Walk along the wild seashore,
Chew the thoughts of some book
Which challenges your soul.
Use your hands some bright day
To make a thing of beauty
Or to lift someone’s heavy load.
Though you mention not my name,
Though no thought of me crosses your mind,
I shall be with you,
For these have been the realities of my life for me.
And when you face some crisis with anguish.
When you walk alone with courage,
When you choose your path of right,
I shall be very close to you.
I have followed the valleys,
I have climbed the heights of life.