BANGOR and SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Jeffrey Michael Ward, 28, died Dec. 8, 2013, in Tempe, Ariz. He was born Sept. 10, 1985, in Bangor, the son of James F. Ward Jr. and Deborah (Adams) Ward.
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Jeff grew up in Bangor, where he was active in youth sports, Dirigo Search and Rescue, and academic pursuits, such as Odyssey of the Mind. He loved the outdoorshiking, biking, skiing, rock climbing, camping. He spent many happy hours at his family's summer camp at Nickerson Lake, enjoying all the lake had to offer.
Jeff graduated from Bangor High School, class of 2004. He attended Arizona State University, where he was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. During his time at ASU, he studied architecture and design, and developed a strong interest in computer technology. Those interests were reflected in his career choices, which included jobs in computer technology and website design. He was most recently employed by Google.
Jeff had a natural curiosity. He attended school far from home to pursue independence and sense of self. His thirst for adventure and knowledge propelled him to connect with people, and experience so much life in his short time with us.
In addition to his parents, Jeff is survived by his older sister, Kelly; paternal grandfather, James F. Ward; uncle, Robert Ward and wife, Paula; aunt, Catherine Ferdinand and husband, Bill; uncle, Paul Adams and wife, Linda; and cousins, Patrick and Lyndsi Ward and daughter, Jocelyn, Megan and Andrew McPartland and daughter, Lidia, Anna and Sarah Ferdinand, Paula and Andy Morrison and son, Luke, and Julie and Mike Garrison and children, Nick and Kylie. He is also survived by close-knit extended family, and a wide circle of friends from all over the country. Jeff was predeceased by maternal grandparents, Joseph and Hildred Adams; and paternal grandmother, Lois Ward.
Friends may call 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, where funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, with the Rev. Renee U. Garrett, M. Div., Minister of Christian Nurture of All Soul's Congregational Church, officiating. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center St., Bangor, following the service. The Ward family requests that anyone interested in making a donation in Jeff's memory direct it to the Nickerson Lake Conservation Fund, 12 Kelleran St., Suite No. 2, Houlton, ME 04730, or via the following website: www.nickersonlake.com/donations/how-to. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
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Published in BDN Maine from Dec. 10 to Dec. 17, 2013