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“So terribly sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was absolutely one of my favourite people to work with and I always enjoyed having a good laugh with...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Gauri Desai-Ackerman - Friend

“Just so sorry to hear of Jim's passing...so many fond memories of Lewis Monk Field, a time not to be forgotten. We, along with so many families had...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: susan gillis - melrose, MA

“Jim,We will miss you dearly. You and your family were demonstrative examples to live by: LOVE, COURAGE, CHARITY, and HUMANITY. Thank you for all you...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Michelle Abramo - Melrose, MA


4 of 22 | Posted by: Mary Ann Charlton - Melrose, MA

“RIP Uncle Jim, you will be missed greatly, Love Ya ”
5 of 22 | Posted by: Eddie & Michelle Nolan, Jr. - MA

“jim you will be greatly missed another angel heading up to heaven to sit beside my dad, mom, and brother jimmy and also you will be able to sit with...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: carol gamble - adams, TN

“We are so sorry for your loss.So many wonderful memories of Chris and Nick in Little League Bas4ball. Jim was such a great coach and mentor to all...Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: Linda Rafferty - Hales Location, NH

“Dear Marilyn, Nicholas and Kevin so sad to hear your loss of Jim. We fondly think of him and your family when we were neighbors and all the support...Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: Donna and Peter Masucci - Boxford, MA

“We are deeply saddened to learn about Jim. Marilyn, Nick, and Kevin - our sympathies, memories, and thoughts are with you. Love, Thomas and Lindsay. ”
9 of 22 | Posted by: Thomas Dittmer - Boston, MA

“Dear Marilyn, Nicholas, and Kevin & family members:Rose and I are heartbroken to hear of Jim's passing! Jim was one of those special people who never...Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: Myron & Rose Dittmer - Melrose, MA

“You have my deepest sympathy Marilyn and family ”
11 of 22 | Posted by: Julie Hathaway - Exeter, NH

“Jim you were a wonderful man and I will Love & Miss you. My thoughts and Prayers are with everyone in your family. Love you Big Jim. ”
12 of 22 | Posted by: Jeannie Dion - Epping, NH

“Very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. You guys are in our thoughts & prayers! Love, Eric & Brenna ”
13 of 22 | Posted by: Eric Narcisi - North andover, MA

“Marilyn, Don and I were saddened to hear the news of Jim's passing.Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.It just seems like yesterday...Read More »
14 of 22 | Posted by: Charlene Bremberg - Melrose, MA

“So sorry to hear of his passing my thoughts and prayers are 28th you all ”
15 of 22 | Posted by: Julie Giering - Peabody, MA

“Marilyn, I am so sorry to hear about Jim. You,Nick, Kevin and your whole family are in my thoughts and prayers . May all your wonderful memories help...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: Marti Phillion

“My deepest condolences to the Ward family. Adam Bonito ”
17 of 22 | Posted by: Adam Bonito - Saugus, MA

“The world lost a phenomenal man but heaven gained an incredible angel!!Uncle Jimmy you will be deeply missed!!Xoxoxoxo ”
18 of 22 | Posted by: Danielle Brown - Beverly, MA

“Troxell Family is sorry to hear of the loss of Jim. We had the privilege of knowing him through Kevin. We are blessed to have met and spent...Read More »
19 of 22 | Posted by: Gretchen Troxell - Catasauqua, PA

“I'm so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.. ”
20 of 22 | Posted by: Madeline Maguire - Murrells Inlet, SC

“Jim, you will be so missed, you were always doing for others, I know you will be the Angel always watching over your family. Love ya Jim and Special...Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: Ed & Terry Nolan - Salem, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
22 of 22 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague


James W. "Jim" Ward, of Melrose, died March 15, 2017 at the age of 67. Jim was born in Elizabeth, NJ on November 30, 1949 to Joseph R. & June E. (Wainwright) Ward. He was raised in Brookline, MA and graduated from Brookline High School in 1967. In 1974 Jim married the love of his life, Marilyn R. (Noble) Ward, at St. James Church in Salem, MA. They settled in Melrose and raised their two sons, Nicholas & Kevin. Jim worked at Hood Coatings in Georgetown for 30 years. Jim was an avid baseball fan, and over the years baseball became a very important part of their family. He dedicated countless hours to the Churchill American Little League in Melrose. He spent 15 years volunteering for the league as a coach and spent 9 of those years as president. The championship trophy was even named the "Jim Ward Trophy". In addition to volunteering with the little league he also volunteered in the youth soccer & basketball programs in Melrose. In addition to his time with Melrose youth sports Jim enjoyed gardening, building, and fixing anything that need to be fixed. He loved helping others and was always the first person to volunteer to lend a helping hand. His family will remember taking vacations with him up to Laconia, NH in the summertime. Above all else, Jim was a family man; he loved his family more than anything. He cherished his grandchildren, and was happiest when he was surrounded by family. He will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege to know him. Visiting hours will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose, on Sun., March 19, 2017 from 2:00 - 6:00 PM. Funeral from the Gately Funeral Home on Mon., March 20, 2017 at 9 AM followed by a 10 AM Mass of Christian Burial at Incarnation Church, 425 Upham St., Melrose. Interment at Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Pitching in for Kids, 1 South Market Building, 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02109 or to the Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association, P.O. Box 55071 #15530, Boston, MA 02205.