Friday, September 6, 2013
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Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, Gerald F. Ward, 60, passed away at his home on Duck Key, Fla., after an extended illness.

He will be deeply missed by his wife, Susie Ward, his mother, Violet Ward, and two brothers, Harry and Tom Ward.

His father, Harry H. Ward, preceded him in death.

His education included Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Mo.; Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz.; and University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan.

Gerald earned his private pilot license at the age of 17. He enrolled in a flying school in Kissimmee, Fla., to earn his single engine instrument rating, commercial rating, and commercial instrument rating.

Gerald worked as a scuba dive instructor at Ed Brawley's Scuba in Monterey, Calif., and Capt. Don's Habitat on the island Bonaire in the Netherlands Antilles. He also taught scuba on the islands of Vieques, Puerto Rico, and Ambergris Caye, Belize.

He attended Chapman School of Seamanship in Stuart, Fla., and earned his 100-ton Coast Guard Captain's License.

More recently, he was known by many Florida Keys residents for his skilled and beautifully finished carpentry projects.

In lieu of flowers, he preferred a donation be made to the Marathon Wild Bird Center.