In Loving
Memory

Daniel Noah Ward

August 16, 1952 – February 7, 2024

Daniel Noah Ward, 71, of Mechanicsville, Virginia, passed away peacefully on February 7, 2024, at the Bon Secours Hospice House, following a long and courageous battle against cancer. Dan is survived by his devoted wife of 31 years, Diane; and his beloved daughters, Christine Ward (fiancé Morgan Richter), Leeanne Ward, and Julianna Ward.  Dan is also survived by twin sisters, Janet Kazar (Edward Kazar) and Joyce Ward (Donna Linnehan); and his brother David Ward (Jeanne Ward).

Dan was a totally committed and supportive father and loving husband; that was always his top priority. It was through his investigation and diligence that we began the process of creating our family through adoption.  In addition to three wonderful trips to China to adopt our beautiful girls, annual family trips to Disney World, and family visits back to Indiana, Massachusetts, and Florida were always memorable. Dan was the ultimate guide at Disney World knowing exactly how to manage the “Fast Pass” so his girls could experience everything. In addition, we enjoyed frequent family times at Kings Dominion for many years.

As if working to support his family, was not a big enough job, he spent countless hours trying to keep up with all the girls’ activities: scouting events, summer swim team meets, school concerts, art shows, band performances, church choir, religious ed classes, basketball and field hockey games, and the list goes on and on. His joy was in watching his children enjoy their childhood opportunities and develop into responsible adults and members of society. He certainly enjoyed cheering on his girls and reveling in all their accomplishments.

While working full time, Dan earned both his bachelor’s degree in computer programming and later his MBA degree from the University of Hartford. Dan began his IT career at The Hartford Insurance Company in Hartford, Connecticut, where he programmed using punch cards. He then moved on to work at Northeast Utilities in Rocky Hill, Connecticut, as an HR Personnel Data System Analyst. In 1992, we married and settled in my home state of Indiana. In 1996 when the dream of creating a family was realized, Dan was an IT Business Analyst at Amoco Corporation, Chicago, Illinois, and Diane became a full-time stay-at-home mom.  He left Amoco in 1999 and began working at Capital One, as an IT Manager until his retirement.

If you knew Dan, you knew that he came from a loving and caring family with a solid upbringing. You also knew he was immensely impacted by his 50-year membership with his Masonic brothers, from the youth organization DeMolay to running the lodge as Worshipful Master in 1987 and 1990 at Centennial Lodge No. 118 (now Unity Lodge No. 148) in New Britain, Connecticut. For the last 20-some years, Dan has been active with Washington and Henry Lodge No. 344 A.F. & A.M. in Mechanicsville, Virginia, where he served in many offices and on the bulletin committee.

A viewing will be held from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, February 17, 2024, at Affinity Funeral Service, 2720 Enterprise Pkwy, Richmond, VA 23294. The Masonic Funeral Service will follow at 4:30 p.m. Dan will return to his first home to be buried in the Ward family plot in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

In lieu of flowers, please free feel to make a memorial donation to one of the following charitable organizations: Bon Secours Hospice House, 1133 Old Bon Air Road, North Chesterfield, VA 23235, information can be found online at Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation by selecting “Hospice House.”; or the Washington and Henry Lodge A.F.  &  A.M., P.O. Box 61, Mechanicsville, VA 23111.

Visitation

Location

Affinity Funeral Service
Richmond Chapel
2720 Enterprise Parkway
Richmond, VA 23294

Date

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Time

3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

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Funeral Service

Location

Affinity Funeral Service
Richmond Chapel
2720 Enterprise Parkway
Richmond, VA 23294

Date

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Time

4:30 p.m.

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