Ward, Burton Gayle 1918 – 1980

Obituary – Burton Gayle Ward
Submitted to Genealogy Pit Stop
By Jayson A. Smith
Volume 101 #320 Page 4
Saturday – November 1, 1980


Burton G. (Bert) Ward, 62, of 851 Phoenix Ave., Chester, former Mayor of Chester, died at City Hospital Friday at 5:50 p.m. after a three-week illness.

He was born Oct. 13, 1918, in Wellsville, a son of Mrs. Zera M. Hall Ward and the late Ray C. Ward.

He was a lifelong resident of the area, and served two terms as mayor.

Mr. Ward was a member of the First Christian Church of Chester.

He was a meter inspector for Columbia Gas of Ohio for 30 years before retiring in 1979.

He was also a past master of the Chester Masonic Lodge 142, past district deputy grand master of the First Masonic District of West Virginia, Knight Templar York Rite Mason, a life member of the Scottish Rite 32nd Degree Mason, a life member of the Osiris Temple of the Shrine, Knight Masons of Dublin, Ireland, and a honorary member of the United Steelworkers of America.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, serving for four years with the United States Marine Corps in the South Pacific during World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Stella A. Weaver Ward, whom he married Nov. 26, 1944.

He is survived by a son, Thomas R. Ward of Hookstown; two daughters, Mrs. Jerry (Patricia) Blake of New Cumberland and Mrs. William (Elaine) Smith of Calcutta; two brothers, Albert R. Ward of Calcutta and Stanley E. Ward of Celina, Ohio, and ten grandchildren.

Services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the Martin Funeral Home, with the Rev. William Gilliland of the First Christian Church of Chester officiating. Interment will follow at the Beaver Mausoleum in Beaver, Pa.

Friends may call at the Martin Funeral Home anytime Sunday afternoon and evening.