Michael Buss Ward 63, of University Heights, Ohio, died peacefully at Hospice of the Western Reserve on Thursday, April 2, following a long battle with peripheral vascular disease.
Michael was born in Ridgewood, NJ, where he and his sisters Barbara and Mary were the first triplets born at Valley Hospital. Barbara predeceased him, as did his parents, Elizabeth Nickerson Ward and Arthur Ward Sr.
He is survived by his twin Mary, by his older brother Art, by his aunt Ruth Gray, by his nieces Katherine Ward, Samantha Ward, and Cameron Needle, and by many cousins.
Michael will be remembered by many for his love of family and of animals, for his humor, and for the courage he showed in going through many surgeries.
Michael lived for 23 years in Melbourne, Florida, where he worked as the quality control manager for a telemarketing firm, and where he earned an associate's degree in paralegal studies at Brevard Community College. Previously, he had lived in Atlanta, Georgia, and Dayton, Ohio, where he graduated from Trotwood-Madison High School in 1970.
In the 1970s and early '80s, he worked as a bartender at Giovanni's Restaurant at Beachwood, Ohio, where he regaled his customers with his vast collection of limericks.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Michael's name to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 E. 185th St., Cleveland, OH 44119 or to Geauga Humane Society's Rescue Village, 15463 Chillicothe Rd., Novelty, OH 44072.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 4th at 3 PM in the chapel of Fairmount Presbyterian Church, 2757 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Hts., OH 44118.
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