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Douglas Allan Ward, loving Husband and Father, 57, of Midland, lost his fight with cancer on September 7th, 2021, at his home in Midland.

Doug was born on November 24th, 1963, the son of Thomas and Therese Ward, in Detroit, Mi.  His family moved to Midland in 1968, where he attended schools in Midland; Chestnut Hill Elementary, Northeast Intermediate, and graduating from Midland High School in 1981.  He attended College at Saginaw Valley State University, graduating with a Bachelor’s in Business in 1986.  He had several diverse jobs before hiring with the City of Midland in 1993, where he spent the rest of his working life, in senior housing.  Doug also served the city as Union President of MMEA from 2006 to 2012.  He retired as Maintenance Superintendent of Riverside and Washington Woods Senior Housing, in 2017, after 24yrs of service.

On January 11th, 2008, he married Teresa McCann, of Midland, on Fort Myers Beach.  The couple lived in Midland, where they raised their children.

Doug was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church of Midland.  He loved to travel in Michigan, visiting lighthouses and local farms.  He especially enjoyed spending his winters with his wife at Fort Myer’s Beach in Florida.  Doug also worked on restoring cars, gardening, and visiting with family and close friends.  Family was very important to Doug.

He is survived by his wife, Teresa Ward, his son James of Midland, his daughter Valerie of Midland, brothers Thomas Ward of Midland, Jonathan Ward of Auburn, and nieces Aleah and Macie Ward of Midland. 

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday September 14th, at 11am at Smith-Miner Funeral Home with Deacon Al Oliver officiating. A visitation will take place on Monday September 13th, at Smith-Miner Funeral Home from 5-7pm and on Tuesday from 10am until time of service. An entombment will immediately follow the funeral service at New Calvary Cemetery.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider Mid-Michigan Hospice.

Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Ward family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.

Condolence Messages

  1. Kimberly Samborn

    16 September 2021 18 hours ago

    The residents and staff at Riverside Place are truly saddened with the news that Doug passed. The vendors that serve Senior Housing have been emotional upon learning of this news. Doug’s footprints are almost anywhere we turn in Senior Housing and he was respected among his professional peers. Doug had a soft spot and quietly helped the residents without expecting praise or admiration. He loved his wife and kids! Doug cared deeply and lifted us up when times were tough. On occassion, Doug and I had discussions about our life and our faith. I know Doug is now organizing his new home with Christ. Everything in its place. I miss you trying to get that same permanent spec off my desk everytime we had a meeting! Faith, hope and love remain. Until I see you again my friend. KLS.

  2. Jonathan Ward

    14 September 2021 3 days ago

    Losing my brother Doug, such an exceptionally kind-hearted and caring person, at the young age of 57 was certainly traumatic and painful. Throughout the entirety of his battle with cancer, he never failed to stand tall, nor simply yield and give in. His was beholdeth with tireless optimism and incredible courage, and often times it was he who comforted the fears of loved ones, shielding their worries with an assurance that this fight is not over. In the end, cancer may have ended his life, but it won’t ever be able to touch what he meant to others, what he meant to me. I miss him and just want him back. He is, and always will be, my brother. Forever apart of me.

  3. Ted Minkin

    13 September 2021 4 days ago

    Doug worked with me at Riverside Place Apartments. He was very talented person. He could fix almost anything. I will fondly remember our time together at work.

  4. Dave Solosky

    10 September 2021 7 days ago

    Doug- Husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin, friend.
    He will be missed by so many, but lovingly remembered.
    Dave and Mary Solosky

  5. Anonymous

    09 September 2021 1 week ago

    He was a good stepfather A kind-hearted man I will forever miss him

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