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David Ward

July 1, 1954 — June 29, 2023

Carthage, New York

CARTHAGE – David Ward, 68, of Bridge Street, died peacefully on June 29, 2023, at his home under the care of his loving family and Hospice of Jefferson County. He was born on July 1, 1954, to the late Douglas and Evelyn (Johnson) Ward in Carthage, New York.

Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2023, from 2-6 pm at the Carthage VFW located at 668 West End Ave, Carthage, NY 13619.

David worked as a machine operator in Castorland and Lowville for the Climax Paper Mill for 33 years. David and his wife, Pauline Lavancha, were married in Carthage on March 2, 1979.

David enjoyed spending time with his grandkids, playing golf, and watching the Yankees and Giants play. He was also heavily involved in the Sons of the American Legion and the Men’s Auxiliary of the VFW. David loved to go to the race track to watch his grandson Chase race motocross in the quad series.

There will be a celebration of life at a later date.

David is survived by his loving wife, Pauline, his children, Patrick Ward of Florida, Timothy Ward of Florida, and Amanda (Joe) Marek, his siblings, Karen (Lynn) Burke, Susan (Walt) Gurdick, Debbie (Mike) Prievo, Penny (Allen) Rivers, and Kevin Ward, his grandchildren, Jarred, Deameon, Chy-Ann, Paige, and Chase, great-grandchild, Marcellus, and a great granddaughter, Nahalla.

He is predeceased by his parents, Douglas and Evelyn, and his brothers, Scott, Doug “Bub”, and Dale Ward.

Donations in David’s memory can be made to Marek’s Mayhem Racing at 6799 Old State Road, Natural Bridge, 13665.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Lundy Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc. 500 State Street Carthage, NY 13619. To leave a message of sympathy for David’s family please visit and sign the tribute wall.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of David Ward, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Celebration of Life

Saturday, August 5, 2023

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Veterans of Foreign Wars-Carthage

668 West End Avenue, Carthage, NY 13619

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