Clinton Donald Ward Jr.

Text size

Claim this Obituary

Clinton Donald Ward Jr.

September 20, 1942 - December 28, 2018

Hermon Clinton Donald Ward Jr., 76, passed away of natural causes on December 28, 2018, at a Bangor hospital. Clinty or Junior, as he was known to many, was born on September 20, 1942, in Glenburn, Maine.
He attended school in a one-room schoolhouse in Damascus and was then educated in the Bangor public schools where he played football for Bangor High. He married his wife, Sharon (Smart) Ward, in 1972. Together they owned and operated a horseback riding stable in Trenton, Maine, a well-visited tourist stop in the summers. Clint then worked for ALCO Packing as a commission buyer in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, Canada, for several years. Wanting to work for himself, he and Sharon started and built a successful livestock business which included buying, selling, and trucking both dairy and beef cattle to auction houses and slaughterhouses around the Northeast U.S. and Canada. This business provided him with the opportunity to meet, and work with, farmers and other livestock dealers as he drove his route "out in the country" around the state. He took great joy in visiting farms, attending auctions, talking about the cattle market, and making a good deal.
Those who knew him best would describe him as humble, independent, hard-working, and dependable, a man who didn't hesitate to help others when they needed it. His strong work ethic and his keen insight and understanding of the livestock business set an example for others in the industry, and he served as a mentor for many. Always up at the crack of dawn, Clint thought of the early morning hours as, "the best time of day, a time to get things done." He was known to many for his generosity in both business and in his personal life, while his wit, teasing, and infectious laugh could warm a room, and a heart. Clint was blessed to have many trusted friends, business partners and loyal customers whom he appreciated through the years; the impact of his passing will be felt by many.
Clint was predeceased by his father, Clinton Ward Sr.; his mother, Louise (Walker) Hunsicker; and his parents-in-law, Velma and Jairus Smart. He was also predeceased by Jim McInnis of Nappan, Nova Scotia, whom he thought of as a second son. Surviving, in addition to his devoted wife of 46 years, are his daughter, Debra and her husband, Mark Bishop, of Hermon, Maine; his daughter, Kimberly and her husband, Louis Shriro, of Glendale, Arizona; his daughter, Kathryn and her husband, Steve Woods, of Yarmouth, Maine; and his son, Kevin Ward of Texas. He is also survived by his loving sister, Charlene Bodine of Scottsdale, Arizona; a half-brother, Scott Ward of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; and a half-sister, Laura Lenfest of Bangor, Maine. Additionally, Clint is survived by two special nieces, Tammy Shores Roe of Scottsdale, Arizona and Lisa Burns of Encinitas, California, along with several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Relatives and friends may call from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. on Tuesday January 1, 2019, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, ME. A funeral service, also at Brookings-Smith, will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, with a reception to follow at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center Street.
The family asks that gestures of remembrance in Clint's name be made to a Maine 4-H youth program or charity of choice.
A special thank-you to Clint's many friends who have been supportive and willing to lend a helping hand during this difficult time.
Expressions of condolences to the family may be shared at BrookingsSmith.com.
Published on December 31, 2018
Send flowers
in memory of Clinton
See more

Obituary published in

Arrangements by

Events

Guestbook

Print Guestbook

Share your condolences and special memories.
The guestbook expires on March 30, 2019.

Share a message

12 posts

Rosie Flye Carlow
Jan 03, 2019
I have known Clint for several years. My parents owned a farm in Albion and had many dealings with Clint. Clint invited us to Trenton to ride horses and we did and had a great time. Clint also brought up lobsters to us at the farm. For many years Clint tried to buy dads cattle dog Teddy but dad refused, but Clint kept trying. For years when dad sold the farm I took dad to Clarks auctions to catch up with Clint and mother the same way, Clint was an awesome man and never forgot his friends, and friends never forgot him. Clint was called to the big cattle place in the sky. RIP Clint
Debbie (Ward) Boss
Jan 02, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Clinty's infectious smile and the many hours he and my Dad spent talking about cows. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Sybil Hartley
Jan 02, 2019
I remember Clint coming to the house in Clinton with his cattle truck to see my brother Merle. E M Hartley. Condolences to the Ward family.
MLR
Jan 01, 2019
I’m so sorry for your loss. Death stings very much. It’s one of the hardest thing to cope with. May the “God of all comfort” gives you strength and peace of mind in this time of difficulties. - 2 Corinthians 1:3,4. JW.org
John Fortin
Dec 31, 2018
My condolences to the Ward family at this difficult time. Clinty was a life long friend to the Fortin family. His passing will be a hard hit to many. My father said he remembered Junior when he was a baby wrapped in a blanket on the seat of his fathers truck. Maybe they can get together and tend to the cows in heaven.
Kelli Richardson
Dec 31, 2018
Sharon & Family,

I am so sorry to hear about Clints' sudden and unexpected passing. I can only imagine what your all going through. I think back to when Mom passed away and naturally a lot of sleepless nights followed. I remember turning on the PC and reading and re reading the messages that friends and family left. It brought me comfort in those long dark nights to know people took time to write some kind words. I hope this brings you the same .. In the days to follow take friends and family up on their offers to help you out. No one said the days are going to be easy, but hopefully you can find some peace and comfort from those who care and want to make it easier for you and help ease you
...r pain.Read more
Joe Hyde
Dec 31, 2018
My deepest condolences for your loss and mine. Clint and I shared many conversations at the auction.
Derryl Niles, Sr.
Dec 31, 2018
Sharon,
I want to express my sincere condolences at the loss of your partner and husband. I thought a lot of Clint and respected his views and judgment and also, I remember the old days when him, Jock Tilton and myself used to chum at the auctions and at the Ben Tilton Farm. Good memories. In recent years I have worked for Windy Knolls Farms and was able to rekindle our relationship.
Ps, Sharon, I promise if I come to your place I will stay off your lawn.

Love and respect,

Derryl (Duke) Niles, Sr.
Kimber Lee Rackleff, Somerset Auction Co.
Dec 31, 2018
Mondays will not be the same without hearing his voice and special laugh. We will save a spot for you on the stairs.
Galen & Barbara Witherly
Dec 31, 2018
Sorry to hear of Clints passing.
Anything I can do to help?
Galen
Ardene Ward
Dec 31, 2018
So sorry for your loss--there will be another meeting place.
GALEN ADAMS
Dec 31, 2018