Patrick A. ‘Pat’ Ward
February 15, 1952 ‒ April 28, 2015
Mount Gilead, Ohio
“One of the most likable men you’d ever meet,” who had an open door and an open heart, Patrick A. “Pat” Ward, died suddenly Tuesday evening, April 28, 2015, at the Morrow County Hospital. He was 63 years old and of Mount Gilead.
On February 15, 1952, Pat was born in Baraboo, Wisconsin, the oldest of five children of Phyllis (Ainsworth) Ward and the late Dan Alan Ward. In 1964, they moved as a family to Columbus, Ohio, when Pat was 12. He then graduated from Columbus Hilliard High School in the class of 1970, where he enjoyed playing football, basketball and baseball.
Shortly after high school, 1971, Pat was set up on a blind date with Mary Sears from Bucyrus and the rest is history. Two years later, they were married on June 16, 1973.
Furthering his education, Pat attended one year at Capital University, then transferred to The Ohio State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.
Pat started his working career at Geyer’s in Mount Gilead and Galion, until he went with his friend Bobby Shaffer to help him with his store, Springmill Meats and Bakery. After several years with Bobby, Pat decided to follow his heart and opened Patrick’s Café in 1990, downtown Cardington, where he enjoyed every moment of serving and socializing with his customers. After 17 years of running his own restaurant he needed a change, and joined his son at Cardington Yutaka Industries.
Giving back to his community, Pat ran squad with the Morrow County EMS for many years, volunteered at Hopeline, was a member of the Mount Gilead Jaycees, and helped to found youth baseball and coach many of his son’s teams.
Loving the thrill of a game, Pat was always either playing or watching games of all types. The games he loved playing were poker and cribbage. He was a proud member of the COPL (Central Ohio Poker League), and Saturday was always poker night. The games he loved to watch, were anything his sons or grandsons played in, anything that involved The Ohio State Buckeyes, Green Bay Packers, and Wisconsin Badgers, Jeopardy (which he was a self proclaimed expert at), and Wheel of Fortune. Pat added musical theatre to the list of events he loved to attend as he began proudly watching his granddaughter in various plays. He was a “scratch off lottery enthusiast” and was the only one who truly got his monies worth. He would take an hour to scratch off a ticket. He took great pleasure in only spending $5 to have an hour’s worth of fun out of it. He also loved a good trip to a casino.
Pat and Mary’s door was always open. He accepted everyone as they were. Everyone was a friend to Pat and his family, unless you wore black and white stripes at a game…then he loved telling you how blind you were. Also ornery, Pat loved to tease and poke at you. His proudest achievement in life (other than his countless poker wins) was his family. He cherished every moment spent with his wife, children, grandchildren, mother and his siblings.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Mary Ward of Mount Gilead; three sons: AJ Ward of Mount Gilead, Trevor (Erin) Ward of Harrison, OH, and Jesse (Sarah) Ward of Delaware; seven adored grandchildren: Cierra, Cameron, Hayden, Jack, Tucker, Gavin and Mason Ward; his mother, Phyllis Ward of Powell, OH; three siblings: Dennis (Joan) Ward of Baltimore, OH, Nancy (Robert) Carson of Cardington, and Natalie (Carol Dodson) Ward of Corning, OH; a brother-in-law, Mick Wilson of Peachtree City, GA; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Including his father, Pat was preceded in death by his sister, Carol Wilson.
His family will greet friends from 2 – 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 3rd, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. A celebration of Pat’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, in the outdoor pavilion at the V.F.W. Post 8054, 4960 St. Rt. 61, Mount Gilead, with Pastor Ed Colegrove officiating. A meal for family and friends will follow at the V.F.W. Burial will be held later in Oakwood Cemetery in Bucyrus.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pat Ward Memorial Fund, which will be used to benefit youth baseball and the livelihood of animals. They may be sent to the care of the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Pat’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.