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Thomas F Ward III
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    Boston, MA 02445

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“I just today learned this news and I am devastated. I am so sad to have missed paying my respects and my heart is heavy this day. Tommy was one of...Read More »
1 of 35 | Posted by: Dottie Morris - Melrose, MA

“Gloria, I was so sorry to hear about your son. Kathy O'Connor just told me or I would have come to service. I didn't have your address so I am...Read More »
2 of 35 | Posted by: Terri Dunleavy - Melrose, MA

“I want to give my sincere condolences for your loss. Tommy was a great and funny person. Always telling his jokes just about every day. I can...Read More »
3 of 35 | Posted by: Angela Magura - Pinellas Park, FL

4 of 35 | Posted by: PJ ROBINSON AND FAMILYHI

“Tom, Gloria and family, We were so schcked when we heard about Tommy. Our thoughts are with you in this difficult time. Tom and Caroline Morse ”
5 of 35 | Posted by: Tom Morse - Melrose, MA

“Gloria,Tom and Kristina, Rich, Laura, Dave and I are so sorry to hear about Tommy. We can't even begin to imagine what you are going...Read More »
6 of 35 | Posted by: Kathy Giannelli - Melrose, MA

“My deepest and sincere sympathy to your familyAnne Garrity Melrose Mass ”
7 of 35 | Posted by: Anne Garrity - Melrose, MA

“My heart goes out to Tommy's family and friends. Although our meetings were all work related, he was a pleasure to talk to and work with. Each time...Read More »
8 of 35 | Posted by: Diane Bucchino - Webster, MA

“Dear Tom and Family,I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Camille Manzo, Ceruolo & Associates,...Read More »
9 of 35 | Posted by: A friend

“My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am so sorry for your loss. Alison Marcotti ”
10 of 35 | Posted by: Alison Marcotti - Melrose, MA

“Dear Tom, Gloria, Kristina and Avelyn,My deepest sympathy to all of you for your loss. Tommy was a kind, caring person, a pleasure to be around and...Read More »
11 of 35 | Posted by: Linda Younker - Wakefield, MA

“Dear Tom, Gloria and Family,Sending our sincere and deepest condolences to you and your family,Love Tim and Diane Keohan ”
12 of 35 | Posted by: Tim and Diane Keohan - Topsfield, MA

“Tom, Gloria and FamilyMy thoughts and prayers go out to you at this unbelievably sad time.Sincere CondolencesSteve ”
13 of 35 | Posted by: Stephen Campbell - West Dennis, MA

“Dear tom and gloria and family just want to say how sorry we are to hear of toms passing.Will always rememeber the great memories of tom at the...Read More »
14 of 35 | Posted by: Ernie Karelas - Melrose, MA

“Tom and Gloria,Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult.Tommy was such a wonderful you man.He would help us when we would go into the...Read More »
15 of 35 | Posted by: Nancy Lamson - Wakefield, MA

“Gloria: Joe and I are so sorry to hear about Tommy. Such a loss is unimaginable. Please know you, Kristina and Tom are in our thoughts and prayers....Read More »
16 of 35 | Posted by: Julia and Joseph Ridge - Portland, ME

“So sorry for your loss Tom and Gloria and family.May he rest in peace.Fran ”
17 of 35 | Posted by: frances fondulis - melrose, MA

“To Tom, Gloria and the extended Ward family we were stunned and devastated to hear of Toms death. Cannot imagine your grief and loss. It was always...Read More »
18 of 35 | Posted by: stephen jones - MA

“My deepest condolences to the family ”
19 of 35 | Posted by: Sally Kennedy-French - Melrose, MA

“So sorry to hear of the loss of Tom. I will never forget his kindness. May God give him eternal rest and the family the strength to bear the great...Read More »
20 of 35 | Posted by: Christina Messina (Drake) - NH

“Dear Gloria,Tom, Avelyn, and Kristina,Tommy will always be remembered as the wonderful, happy man that he was! I hope we will share happy stories...Read More »
21 of 35 | Posted by: Judy and Scott Donahue - Laconia, NH

“Dear Gloiria, Tom, Avelyn and family Our sincerest sympathy on your devastating loss. Our hearts are broken. Tommy was a wonderful young man to...Read More »
22 of 35 | Posted by: Gale Heath - Melrose, MA

“Dear Gloria, I am so sad to hear of the passing of your son. There are no words I can say that will comfort you. Just know that I share that...Read More »
23 of 35 | Posted by: Joanne Clough - Keene, NH

“Gloria and Tom,I'm very sorry to hear about Tommy's passing. My deepest condolences to you and your family.Arpineh ”
24 of 35 | Posted by: Arpineh Mullaney

“My heart goes out to the whole family. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. ”
25 of 35 | Posted by: Marie Wood - Nokomis, FL - Friend

“Dear Gloria, Tom and Kristina,So very sorry to hear of the loss of Tommy. I remember him running around in the yard next door and watched him grow...Read More »
26 of 35 | Posted by: Linda Behrle Dalton - Haverhill, MA

“Tom and GloriaSo sorry for your loss. I will be thinking of you in my prayers. ”
27 of 35 | Posted by: Mike Butler - Estero, FL

“Dear Gloria & family, please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your precious son. May your love for each other & wonderful memories...Read More »
28 of 35 | Posted by: Susan Milliken - Plymouth, MA

“Dear Gloria, Tom, Kristina, Avelyn and family,Rusty and I were heartbroken to hear about Tom's passing. We were happy to be able to reconnect with...Read More »
29 of 35 | Posted by: Ann Barr - Wakefield, MA

“Tom, Gloria, Kristina, Please accept our heartfelt sympathies on the loss of Thomas. Words can't express how saddened we are to hear of your loss....Read More »
30 of 35 | Posted by: Frank & Maura Goodhue - Windham, NH

“We are so very sorry to hear about Tom. Our thoughts are with you all. Drew and Nancy ”
31 of 35 | Posted by: Drew MacLeod - Lake Havasu City, AZ

“Tom & FamilySo sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and Tom l l l.Tom & Jeanne Ricker ”
32 of 35 | Posted by: Tom & jeanne Ricker - Ft Myers, FL

“Our heart breaks for all those who have been left to try and understand why. We send our love and support to Avelyn and the entire Ward family....Read More »
33 of 35 | Posted by: Elizabeth Morin - Moultonborough, NH

“Tom, Im so sorry to hear of your passing. I will never forget the memories we shared, even though we lost touch over the years I would think of you...Read More »
34 of 35 | Posted by: Siobhan Kivlehan - Braintree, MA

“My Deepest Sympathy ”
35 of 35 | Posted by: Steven Taylor

WARD, Thomas F. III. of Melrose, April 13, 2018, age 35. He is survived by his wife, Avelyn M. (Currier) Ward, and by his parents, Thomas F. Ward Jr. of Melrose, MA, and Gloria A. (Boyster) Ward, of Palm Harbor, FL, and by Lisa Ward and Bill Muse. He is also survived by his sister, Kristina Hanlon, and her husband, David, of Saugus; by his grandmother, Latha Boyster of Palm Harbor, FL, and by his uncle and aunt, Arnold E. and Marcia Boyster. He is also survived by his beloved dog, Smokey, and his cousins. He was predeceased his paternal grandparents, Thomas F. and Ruth Ward, and by his maternal grandfather, Arnold E. Boyster. Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., MELROSE on Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 4:00-8:00 PM. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. Funeral services and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Tommy's name to the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place, Brookline, MA 02445. For obituary, directions or to send a message of condolence please visit Gately Funeral Home.

Tommy's love for his family & friends was a force that couldn't be escaped. He spent his days reaching out to all of us – lending an ear, a corny joke, or simply saying, "I hope you're having a good day". Tommy loved the mornings spent talking with his mom and days spent fly-fishing with his dad. He called them both everyday. He was a caring husband to his wife; Tommy took great joy in the quiet moments spent with her – from enjoying meals together to watching the Patriots and everything in-between. He cherished his close friendship with his sister, which only grew stronger over the years. He enjoyed getting his brother in law riled up in political debates that always ended with Tommy's good-natured laughter. He cherished many memories with all of his grandparents and continued to make his grandmother, Latha, laugh for his entire life.

Tommy loved playing hockey as a kid, skiing on snow or water, and playing pool. He was a true Boston sports fan; he loved filling up his living room with people watching the game. He loved animals – his best friend, Smokey, and Blue, who surely howled louder than ever when they reunited. In recent years, he came to love country music, camping trips, and the G.O.D. (great outdoors) in a newly strengthened faith. He worked hard to become a licensed insurance agent and was dedicated to the family business, Ward Insurance. He loved making his parents proud and did so everyday by being the kind, compassionate, big-hearted person that he was.

Most of all, Tommy loved life. No light ever burned brighter than his. He would want to be remembered without tears, only laughter. Picture him like this - a smile on his face, fishing rod in his hand, and peace in his soul.