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Obituary of Arthur C. Ward Jr.


Mr. Arthur C. Ward, Jr. 88, of Cortland passed away Jan 12, 2022 at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Syracuse, N.Y. Arthur was born July 22, 1933 in Salem, Alabama. Arthur was a Veteran of the United States Army and a former employee of Cooper Tools in Cortland. Additionally, was a member of Abundant Life UPC of Cortland.

He is survived by his wife; Wilma Jean Ward of Cortland, 5 children; Frank Ward of the Bronx, Tony Ward of Brooklyn, Sharon Rasdale of the Bronx, Barbara Ward (Ricky) King of Diamond Bar, Calif, and Evelyn Ward of the Bronx. Also surviving are many grandchildren and great grandchildren, 5 step-children of Cortland, 4 sisters; Sara Thomas of Salem, Alabama; Gladys Freelon of Maywood, Ill.; Frances Kimber of Phoenix City, Alabama and Christine Upshaw of Salem, Alabama.

Mr. Ward was preceded in death by his parents; Arthur Ward, Sr. and Maggie Russaw Ward, a son; Arthur Lee Ward; a sister; Mary Ward Cochran and three brothers; Johnny Ward, Bobby Ward and Harry Ward.

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday at 6 p.m. from the Chapel of Riccardi Funeral Home, Cortland with Pastor Brad Dutcher officiating. Burial delayed until spring will be in Cortland Rural Cemetery.
The family will be present to receive friends on Friday from 4-6 p.m. in the funeral home chapel prior to services. Please note, Masks are required at must be worn at all times during the visitation and funeral service. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.riccardifuneralhome.com

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