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Donald H. ‘Don’ Ward, 90, Passionate Card Player Who Was Always Ready For a Game of Pinochle

Donald H. Ward
Donald H. ‘Don’ Ward

WILLIAMSBURG — Donald H. Ward, 90, passed away Thursday, July 29, 2021, surrounded by his family. He was born Jan. 11, 1931, in Whitehall, New York, the son of the late Darwin A. Ward and Doris H. Ward.

Don graduated from Cornell University. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in Ithaca, New York, moving to Virginia Beach for year-round golf. Don was a member at the Owl’s Creek Golf Course, golfing five days a week and proud of his 10 holes-in-one. Don enjoyed league bowling with the Sassy Seniors and Golden Oldies at Pinboy’s Bowling Center. Don was an avid reader, a passionate card player always ready for a game of pinochle.

Don was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice F. Ward.

He is survived by his sister, Beverly W. Osgood; son, Daniel G. Ward; and daughters, Donna W. Hauck, and son-in-law, Steven B. Hauck, Patricia A. Randolph and Deborah S. Ward, and her wife, Marie J. Murray. Don had many grandchildren, Jessica Gibson, Kristen Bay, Daniel Hauck, Lydia Ward, Melissa O’Brien and Michael Randolph; and great-grandchildren, Amanda Gibson, Julia Gibson, Rebecca Gibson Brody Bay, Austin Bay, Hudson Hauck, Harper Hauck, Ellie O’Brien, Piper O’Brien and Robert “Knox” O’Brien.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday, April 3, 2022, at the Good Shepard Lutheran Church, Virginia Beach. Don will be laid to rest with his beloved soul mate, Irene Rossi.

Share online condolences with the family at Bucktrout of Williamsburg Funeral Service.

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