OBITUARY

Michael Robert Ward

March 18, 1951August 27, 2014
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MICHAEL R. WARD

3/18/1951 - 8/27/2014

On August 27, 2014, Michael Ward died in his home in Washington, DC with his wife at his side as she has been since his catastrophic stroke in 2008. In addition to his wife Maureen, Michael is survived by his beloved mother, Eileen Schuett Ward, brothers, John, Dick (Sue), Steve (Martha) as well as devoted nephews, nieces, in-laws and lifelong friends. Michael had an illustrious career as a television executive in Chicago, Philadelphia, Raleigh and Washington, DC, but there was no place like home - Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

He was passionate about golf, photography, gardening and sports.

Friends are invited to his memorial on Thursday, September 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Joseph Gawler's Funeral Home, 5130 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20016. Donations in his name can be made to either of his invaluable stroke recovery teams: George Washington Division of General Internal Medicine, https://www.gwdocs.com/online-giving or Medstar National Rehabilitation Network, Office of Philanthropy, 102 Irving St. NW, Washington, DC 20010

Arrangements under the direction of Joseph Gawler's Sons LLC, Washington, DC.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 4, 2014

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Judy Kautz

September 28, 2014

Maureen, I am Eileen's cousin, Judy, from Colorado. I know you and Mike have been through so much over the years, and you have been a very strong and loving wife and caretaker. Our comfort is that he is now at peace.

Eric Eifrig

September 5, 2014

A dedicated journalist, a talented motivator, and a fellow Firesign Theater fan: what more could one want from a boss? It was an honor to work with Mike at NBC Chicago. My sympathies to Maureen and his family.

September 3, 2014

Maureen,
I enjoyed working for Michael as you know. I was never shy about sharing my admiration for your husband and your best friend. I respected Michael so much and all that he had accomplished in his lifetime. He left this earth too soon, as we all know.
My sincere condolences to you and your family and you will remain in my thoughts and prayers. Shila Mallard - Raleigh NC

September 3, 2014

It's still very hard for me to believe. Mike was a best friend...my "best man" and and a "brother". I send my thoughts, prayers and deep sympathy to Maureen, Eileen, John, Steve & Dick. Mike will remain with me in my heart until I see him again, in a much better place.
Tim Carlson

Mimmi Mathis

September 2, 2014

Mike Ward was a mensch. He was, for me, a good boss and a better friend. He had a HUGE brain and a pure heart and I am lucky to have known him. But the greatest luck of HIS life was finding you, Maureen. I'm just sure that Mike the philosophy major would agree with me--life is short and you're still here. Now go find some fun. If you're ever in Atlanta, I will help you do that. Meanwhile, take care of yourself.

Tim Burden

September 2, 2014

Maureen, I am so sad to hear of Mike's passing. He was a fine colleague and mentor, and an even better friend (and golf partner). My thoughts are with you.

Mark Casey

September 2, 2014

Mike was an all star and a class act. Very sorry to hear of his passing. Maureen, you and Mike are in our thoughts.

MJ Roark

September 1, 2014

They don't make 'em like they used to....a true professional who knew what journalistic integrity meant...
From Chicago to Raleigh to DC, he always had time to share a good story. RIP Mike.

Kathy Dancy

September 1, 2014

My sincerest condolences to Mike's family. I know Mike only through work at NBC Chicago back in the 80's and remember him as a compassionate and hard working boss, a man who knew the news business and truly cared about all of us, union and non-union. Rest In Peace, Mike.

Chris Blackman

September 1, 2014

Mike was my first EP when I arrived at WMAQ in 1986. It was his support and encouragement that helped me believe I belonged there. My deepest condolences to Maureen and the rest of Mike's family.

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