Richard C. Ward

October 30, 1943February 25, 2021

Hadlyme, CT- Richard C. Ward, 77, passed away peacefully at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital on February 25, 2021. He was born in Michigan in 1943. Born into a military family, his childhood years consisted of traveling to many countries, Ireland and Morocco, to name a few. They also traveled much of the United States before settling in Old Lyme, CT when Rick was in the 4th grade. He graduated from Lyme-Old Lyme High School in 1962. In 1963, he enlisted into the U.S. Navy for four years. He was a Vietnam Era Veteran, during which time he visited 29 different countries. Rick had been married for 54 years to his best friend, Linda. They have three wonderful sons and nine beautiful grandchildren. He was a devoted father and grandfather. Rick was a great chef, whether on the grill or the stove. His famous clam chowder was a family favorite. His pastimes included boating and fishing on the Long Island Sound as well as camping and getting together with his family. He enjoyed coaching multiple sports in the Lyme versus Old Lyme Era. He coached two of his little league baseball teams to championships. He was often seen arriving to practices and games with the back of his truck full of kids ready to play ball. Hallmark was a frequent stop for an ice cream to treat his players after a win. If he wasn’t on the field coaching, he was watching his children or grandchildren participate in sports. Rick worked at Uarco for 30+ years as a pressman, mostly on the 3rd shift. He also had his own landscaping business in Lyme. His dedication to supporting his family by working multiple jobs helped to instill a strong work ethic in his sons. Many times, he was referred to as “the nicest man in Hadlyme” for his caring personality and sincerity. Rick was known for his sense of humor and was quite the chatterbox to many locals. He could talk up a storm with pretty much anyone, young or old. He always looked forward to getting together with his friends for their monthly steak dinners. He was loved by many in the community and was always willing to lend a hand or a tool, many labeled with “RCW not Ray” to ensure his oldest son would return his belongings. To his grandchildren, extended family and friends, he was referred to as “Pa.” He was always a softie when it came to his grandchildren. Rick was known for his love of beagles, and his family knows he is now surrounded by his past beagles with some treats in his pockets for them. His memory will be cherished and kept alive by his loving wife, Linda Ward, his son, Raymond and wife, Bobbi-Anne, their children, Samantha and husband, Glen Piette, Raymond Jr, and Quentin Suplita, his son, Jeffrey and wife, Christine, and their children, Dylan, Brayden and Jake, his son, Christian and wife, Diana, and their children, James, Jenna and Lia, his stepmother, Eloise Ward, his brother, Bruce Ward and wife, Thelma, his brother, Cliff Ward, his sister-in-law Betsy McManus, many nieces and nephews, and his beloved beagle, Charlie. Rick was predeceased by his mother, Katherine Van Riper Ward, his father, Charles Ward, his sister, Dorothy Rogers and husband Will Rogers, and his brother, Jerome Ward. Rick is thankful for the care he received from the DaVita Dialysis Center in Middletown and the Lyme Ambulance Association. Calling Hours will be held on Friday, March 12, 2021 from 4:00 until 6:00pm in Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 13 Beckwith Ln., Old Lyme. A private interment in Cove Cemetery at a later date. Please visit for photos, directions and to sign the online guestbook. At calling hours guest will be asked to abide by all Covid protocols. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the Lyme Ambulance Association, PO Box 911, Hadlyme, CT 06439 or the Lyme Fire Company, 213 Hamburg Rd, Lyme, CT 06371.


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    Friday, March 12, 2021


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Becky Bagwell Payne

March 16, 2021

Dear Ward Family, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad/ husband, Mr Ward. He always had a nice smile and a wave when we would walk, bike or drive by your house, when we were growing up. Such a friendly person. My condolences to your entire family May he rest in love <3
Becky (Bagwell) Payne

Marcy and Joel Saltzman

March 14, 2021

Dear Linda and your entire family,

We are so saddened to hear of Ricks passing. He was a kind and gentle soul. Always had a smile and a nice word. He helped us in the snow one winter by plowing our driveway. He will be sorely missed. Please accept our deepest condolences.

May his memory be for a blessing.

Marcy and Joel

Colleen McGee Capozza

March 11, 2021

Ray, Bobbi-Anne and the entire Ward family, I offer my deepest sympathy for your loss.

Grace Kelly

March 8, 2021

Linda, Ray and BobbiAnne,
Fondest memories of Pa from the Rocky Neck lobster fests where everyone is treated like Family.
My condolences to you All.
Grace Kelly

Tina Anderson

March 8, 2021

We were very sorry to hear of Mr Ward’s passing. He was a well known member of Hadlyme, always willing to stop and visit with you, whether you were picking up your mail at the post office, or out raking your yard.
And he would always have one of his beloved beagles riding shotgun! My fondest memory was probably when my young son and I were out for a bicycle ride one afternoon, and the skies decided to open up. We sought shelter under the Hadlyme hall steps. Mr Ward spotted us and offered to bring us the rest of the way home. This was just the kind of man he was.
He was also willing to plow our driveway when Lars was too busy keeping the roads clear for the town of Lyme.
We will all miss seeing him around town for sure😢Tina, Lars& Dillon Anderson

Deirdre Rushkowski

March 5, 2021

Mrs. Ward, Ray, Jeff, Chris and Families,
We are deeply sorry for your tremendous loss. Pa was a great man and I know he will be missed by many people, most of all you! It was a privilege knowing him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Deirdre and Jim Rushkowski

Wayne & Kathy Arnauckas

March 4, 2021

Dear Linda, Jeff, Ray, Chris & families,
We are heartbroken at the loss of Rick. You all are so blessed to have Rick in your lives. He was the best husband, father, grandfather and friend anyone could ask for. He led by example and lived his life to the fullest, always with a smile and a little twinkle in his eye. We valued his friendship and will always remember all the family events that we shared with Rick and Linda; most especially the Christmas Eve's we spend together at Jeff and Christine's. He fought the good fight and his memory will forever live through you and his grandchildren. May all those memories bring you comfort and peace in the difficult days ahead.
Rest in Peace Rick.
Wayne & Kathy

Joe Ferretti

March 4, 2021

Mrs Ward...Jeff, Ray, Chris and your Families,

I have many fond memories of Mr Ward over the years. Many of which involve that famous clam chowder or a massive breakfast after coming back in from Whalebone Creek!!

H.W. Longfellow wrote...”When a great man dies, for years the light he leaves behind him, lies on the paths of men.”

Rick Ward’s light, example of hard work and love for family and friends shined on everyone that met him and will forever.

My deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers are with you all.

-Joe Ferretti

Michael Shea

March 4, 2021

Quite a remarkable Man, husband , Father, Grand Father and friend to so many.
An example of selfless, consideration and always in service to others. Thank you for letting me be part of so many great moments with you and your beautiful, kind, loving family.

Pa your life has touched countless people in the most wonderful and memorable ways. You are in my prayers and May the Good Lord be with you as you rest in HIS eternal peace.
Michael Shea

Karen Ward

March 4, 2021

Linda, Ray, Jeff and Chris and Family. I am sorry for your loss. Your Dad was like a father to me. I have many fond memories of Rick, besides being a great “Pa” to our kids. I’ll never forget the time I was headed to your house on a cold winter day and slid off the road into the woods and called Rick to pull me out 🙂. I still can hear his laugh when playing a joke on anyone on of you!!!!!