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Dennis C. Ward

October 6, 1946February 14, 2021

Dennis C. Ward, 74, of East Dennis, died February 14, at Cape Cod Hospital. Born in Bethlehem, PA to the late Charles and Mary(Farrugia) Ward, he was the devoted husband of Rebecca Fritz Ward.

He grew up in Bethlehem and graduated Liberty High School. He attended Penn State University, University Park, PA during its football glory days and remained a lifetime fan.

Hardworking and driven he became a young regional manager for the Xerox Corporation. His executive sales career continued with software security systems for governments and educational institutions.

Dennis approached fatherhood with the same zeal and no matter the work commitments or length of his commute, he made time to be an active, involved parent. He could be found taking bread baking classes with his eight year old, driving the extra distance for a certain ballet teacher, or rising for early morning preparations for a horse show. Father/Daughter Indian Guides was another shared activity. As his daughters grew, it became Father/Daughter dinner dances, field hockey games to cheer and many other school activities.

As a husband, he agreeably navigated the whims of his loving wife. From disco dancing lessons, restoration of an old stone farmhouse, a new build or two, to a serendipitous transition from vacationers to year round residents of Martha’s Vineyard where for 15 years the family enjoyed many friends and endless activities. A later life career meant a move back to Pennsylvania.

Dennis reveled in travel, especially to Paris and nightly cruises on the Seine. It was his belief that it was respectful to at least try to communicate in the language of the visited country, though not always successfully, to the giddy delight of his family. However, he always seemed to be a favorite of wait staff and other locals.

Collecting cars was his one indulgence. A modest collection of very specific models at very specific, skillfully negotiated prices. His gifts to others were thoughtful and especially creative. Canine members were given much the same love and care as the rest of the family. Chelsea, Bruno, Cooper, Klaus, Lennie and the surviving Zoey and Daisy being among them.

Missing New England, the pair returned, choosing Cape Cod for its beauty and convenience. Dennis was very happy living on the Cape, fond of the friends he made and the people he met. A visit from Rebecca’s mahjong girls made his day.The Patriots and the Cape Cod Symphony contributed to his enjoyment.

He was a member of the Cape Cod Men’s Club, the Cape Cod British Car club and the Dennis/Yarmouth Newcomers, “so many nice people in one club” he observed.

He is survived by Rebecca, his wife of 50 years and daughters Tara Ward of Dennis, Megan Ward and her partner Dan Strom of Sandwich, and Adrienne Ward of California. Also surviving is his brother Bruce and companion Kim Hogan and a niece, Alyssa Ward and husband Shawn Campbell. Services will be private and a celebration of life to be held late summer or early fall.

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Dennis C. Ward

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Joyce and Greg Hurst

March 13, 2021

Many fond memories of Dennis and Rebecca during the late sevenites early eighties in Allentown, PA. Our fondest thoughts and many blessings to Rebecca and the Ward family. Dennis was filled with zest for life, people, and conviviality. Festive dinners, fun barbacues, fine restaurants, wonderful wine, evenings at the theatre, conversations with friends, our experiences with Dennis were all joyous and loving.

Gregg Brader

March 10, 2021

Dear Rebecca and daughters
I am deeply saddened to learn of Dennis passing. A few decades have blow by since we last saw each other. I have many fond memories of Dennis and the good times we shared together. In particular meeting on Friday nights at the Rock Palace for some drinks and a trip to the Cotton Bowl to watch Penn State defeat Baylor. May God bless you and your family in this most difficult time. He will be missed but never forgotten.
Sincerely, Gregg Brader
Emmaus, PA

Billie Hancock

February 25, 2021

Rebecca, I am so sorry for your loss. I was wondering where you disappeared to. I am on the vineyard May-Sept. Maybe I will see you there. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
Sincerely, Billie Hancock

Elaine and Howard Miller

February 25, 2021

Rebecca and Girls,

There are too many memories to share along with tears at the loss of such a wonderful friend. What an unfortunate occasion to reconnect. How can we reach you? Still love you all,

Howard and Elaine Miller

Madalyn Hillis-Dineen

February 22, 2021

My sincere condolences to the family of Dennis Ward. I met him when he worked at Beltone a few years back. He was so helpful and so unforgettable. We had wonderful conversations, especially about Jeopardy! and about his wonderful family. I had been asking about him recently and was sorry to learn that he was ill. He was a wonderful person and I am sure his family will miss him greatly. May many fond memories help you through this difficult time. Love never dies....

DiAnn Ray

February 21, 2021

Dear Rebecca and family, We were so saddened today to hear of Dennis passing. There are so many wonderful shared memories from your years on the Vineyard.

With our Deepest Sympathy
and Love,

DiAnn & Sandy Ray

Virginia Porter

February 18, 2021

As one of the Mah Jong girls mentioned in the obituary, I must say that we enjoyed Dennis’ visits to our games as much as he enjoyed visiting us. He always lit up the room with his bright smile and fun loving personality. Dennis will be sorely missed by us all.

Bill Hartenstine

February 17, 2021

Rebecca, Megan, Tara, so very sorry to hear of Dennis's passing.
Our condolences to all of you. May you cherish the many good memories that he has left for you. And may he rest in peace.

Donna Hartenstine

February 16, 2021

Our condolences to all who loved Dennis. Although we've lost touch thru the years, have many memories. Our love to his family. May he rest in peace.

Lisa Modzelewski

February 16, 2021

My deepest condolences to you and your family