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June 14, 2014

H. Blair Ward Jr.

GUYS MILLS — H. Blair Ward Jr., 78, of Guys Mills, passed away surrounded by his beloved daughters, Michelle, Kristi and Kelly, and baby granddaughter, Catherine, on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at Crawford County Care Center in Saegertown. He was a son of the Rev. H. Blair and Edwinna Ward.

Blair is survived by his sister, Patricia, and brother, Charles; three daughters, Michelle and her partner, Roxanne, Kristi and her husband, Darrell, and Kelly and her husband, Paul. He is also survived by his three grandchildren, Lee, Harper and Catherine; niece, Yvette and her husband, Nick, and their children, Wilson and Ava; niece, Heather; nephew, Brian; sister in-law and personal friend, Bobbie; ex-wife, Marilyn and her husband, Arnold; and treasured friend, Chad, who was like a son to him, and his wife, Lacey, who recently married on Blair’s farm.

His daughters and their children were the delight of his life and he was known for his many good deeds for others. He relished his role as “Poppop,” uncle to his extended family and friend to many across the country and into Canada. He will also be missed by his faithful dog, Shadow, and numerous barn cats.

After studying liberal arts for two years at Eastern Nazarene College, he attended Ryerson University. Salutatorian of his class, he graduated as a manufacturing engineering technologist. Early in his career, he held positions in Ontario and New York in tool design and engineering before moving to Pennsylvania in 1966. He was a manufacturing engineer for the A.O. Smith Corporation, the Talon/Textron Corporation, and Leech Tool and Die Works. Blair was a pioneer designer of continuous plastic molding processes and a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and of the Society of Plastic Engineers.

Known as something of a mechanical genius, he could fix any kind of car and was a designer and driver of light hydroplanes after his graduation from Ryerson. He had become interested in them while in Toronto where he belonged to an informal group called the Hopper Club. After moving to Pennsylvania, he purchased the farm that he named Havenhurst Farms, which continued his passion for farming. Locally, he could be counted on never to miss the Crawford County Fair and was particularly supportive of the Pioneer Steam and Gas Engine Society in Cambridge Springs.

His family wishes to thank the staff of Crawford County Care Center and of AseraCare Hospice who cared for Blair during his illness, as well as Bobbie, Chad and Lacey who gave him ongoing support, along with the many friends who visited him faithfully.

A service celebrating his life will be held in August.

Arrangements are in the care of Roofner-Collins-Warren Funeral Home, 544 Chestnut St., Meadville. Please take a moment to share a memory or condolence with the family on Bob’s Book of Memories online at roofnercollinswarrenfh.com.

Blair believed in donating to charity; please give to the charity of your choice.

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