William Patrick Ward, 75, of Bloomfield, passed away at home with his family on August 22, 2018, following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born in Norwich, son of the late John and Alma (Morin) Ward, on February 9, 1943. He was a 1960 graduate of the Norwich Free Academy and a 1966 graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy where he was a member of Kappa Psi Fraternity. He then continued his education at the University of Hartford earning a Master's degree in Organizational Behavior. He served our country in the Army National Guard for several years. For most of his professional career, he oversaw legal drug enforcement as Director of the Drug Control Division of the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection. Upon retirement from the State of Connecticut in 2003, he worked as a consultant for the National Association of State Control Substance Authorities (NASCSA) in Quincy, Mass. He was contracted as a website and database developer who provided design, publishing & support. Bill had a real zest for life and enjoyed it to the fullest. He played tennis and golf and was an avid Red Sox fan. He was a lifelong UCONN basketball Huskies fan ever since listening to them on the radio with his father in 1953. He especially loved music. He played in a number of bands as a pianist and guitar player and sang as well. His love of the ocean began at a very early age and he and his wife summered in Maine for many years. Bill was a dedicated and reliable member of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) for more than 20 years and was instrumental in supporting many others with their sobriety. He is survived by his beloved wife, Phyllis, three sisters, Jacklynn Franco and her husband Angie of Sterling, Cynthia McCarthy and her husband Jim of Biddeford Pool, Maine and Amy Dunion of Mystic, a nephew and three nieces. He also leaves a step-daughter, Robin Guzauckas of Southington and her husband Jeff, and their three children, John, Emma and Allison. Bill and his wife would like to thank everyone of the staff of Smilow Cancer Center at St. Francis Hospital for the excellent care, compassion and outstanding support they provided. Also a thank you to Masonicare for their help. A private service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. In his memory, donations may be made to St. Francis Hospital, Smilow Cancer Center, 95 Woodland St. Hartford, CT. 06105.
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