PAUL R. WARD JR.

 Princeton and Patten – Paul Reynolds Ward Jr., 66, passed away Saturday, February 22, 2014 in Patten.  Paul was born in Lewiston on July 14, 1947, the oldest child of Paul and Helen (Southard) Ward Sr.  As a child he lived in Princeton and for the past 30 years has lived in Patten.  Paul loved music and took pride in knowing the artist, lyrics, as well as the year.  He enjoyed participating in the Special Olympics, collecting stuffed animals, shopping at LL Bean, and being around his family and friends. 

 Paul was predeceased by his father Paul Sr.; and a nephew Clint Brown.  Surviving are his mother Helen Ward; a sister Gayle Barschdorf and husband Walter of Pownal; his brother Bert Ward and wife Anna of Princeton; nieces and nephews, Billie Jo Jack and husband Paul of Baileyville, Kadance Ward of Princeton; Jason Barschdorf and wife Danielle of Yarmouth, Jennifer Barschdorf and husband Brian Purdy of Buxton, Jill Barschdorf and husband Seoras Ray of Gorham, and Jayme Barschdorf of Pownal; great nieces and great nephews, Brianna and Eliza Jack, Paul Walter Purdy, and Maia and Quinn Barschdorf; several aunts; numerous cousins; his housemates Bill, Randy and Jane; and his caretakers at Gardner Street Home in Patten.

 Visiting hours will begin 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 26, 2014, until the hour of service, 2 p.m. at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Calais.  Burial will take place in the spring at Meddybemps Cemetery.  In lieu of flower,  donations in Paul’s memory may be made to either Gardner Street Home, c/o Green Valley Assoc., PO Box 127, Island Falls, ME 04747, or Special Olympics Maine, 125 John Roberts Road #5, South Portland, ME 04106.  Condolences and memories may be shared at www.maysfuneralhome.com