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Donald Ward
January 24, 2023


PORTLAND & BUXTON- Donald “Don” John Ward, age 66, passed away peacefully after a brief illness on January 24,
2023 with his brother, Jim, and sister-in-law, Susan, by his side.
Don was born in Portland, Maine on April 18, 1956, the son of Eileen and John Ward. From a
young age, Don loved dressing up as a cowboy and affectionately earned the nickname “Wyatt,”
after Wyatt Earp. As he grew up, Don developed a passion for reading that followed him into
adulthood, where he read his way through thousands of books on various genres including
history, politics, and religion. Don also possessed a love of sports and classic shows such as
Murder She Wrote and The Night Stalker.
Don’s intelligent wit was unmatched, as he had the unique ability to amaze anyone with his
extensive knowledge on all subjects, while simultaneously bringing about a roar of laughter.
Sunday’s were his favorite, as he had an outstanding outing with his brother Jim to run errands
together, discuss the latest and greatest in politics, and catch up on the family goings-on. Much
like his charitable mother, Don always led with his heart, giving to those in need without a
second thought. His loss is immeasurable, but so was the love he left behind.
Don is survived by his siblings Thomas Ward, Valora Baker and her husband Skip, John Ward
and his wife Kristal, and James Ward and his wife Susan, as well as many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 US
Rt. 1, Scarborough, Maine 04074 for their support and care provided to Don in his final days.
A burial service will be held in the spring. Online condolence messages can be submitted at the Chad E. Poitras Cremation and Funeral Service website,

Arrangements have been entrusted to Chad E. Poitras Cremation and Funeral Service, Buxton,

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