Brian E. Ward, age 51, of Great Mills Maryland, passed away unexpectedly on Monday May 1st, with his family at his side, at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington after a brief illness. Bri was born at Jacksonville Naval Hospital in Florida on 22 December 1971 to his parents Brian F. and Kay (Hilgenberg) Ward, currently of Clear Lake, Iowa.
As a “Navy Brat” Bri followed his Mom and Dad through Dad’s Navy career, living in Florida, Maine, California and Virginia spreading his enthusiastic and often sarcastic sense of humor all over the United States. With his looks, charm and humor, combined with his love and adventure, he adapted well and maintained lifetime friendships all over the country.
Bri graduated from Salem High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, succeeding in everything he did thereafter. He went on to join the Navy where he found his true calling and soared through the ranks as an Air Traffic Controller, achieving the rank of Master Chief much earlier than his peers. Among his duty stations were USS Kearsarge, USS Inchon, NAS Norfolk, NAS Oceana, NAS Willow Grove, NAS Rota Spain and NSA Diego Garcia. He was still on active duty when he passed at NAVAIR Atlantic where he was a well-respected Air Traffic Control Technical Expert for the Atlantic Fleet. He lived and breathed the Navy and will be interred in September at Arlington National Cemetery.
Despite his dedication to the Navy he was able to be a loving, devoted husband and father throughout his career. Brian is survived by his wife of 26 years, Jennifer and their two wonderful children, Kelsey and Jacob of Virginia Beach as well as his parents Brian and Kay Ward of Clear Lake, Iowa.
We love you Jen, Kelsey and Jake. Our love and prayers are with all of you. We will forever cherish the memories we all made over the years. Brian will truly be missed.
Thinking of you all always.
Rest in peace Brother
Sending my most sincere condolences. Rest In Peace Shipmate.
Sincere Sympathy on your loss.
Know with certainty that Master Chief Ward will not be forgotten by his USS Inchon Shipmates.
His name will be announced and a bell will toll in his honor and memory at our reunion Memorial Service at all future reunions.
My deepest condolences! Brian touched the lives of so many! He will truly be missed! Prayers for comfort!
May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,
May your memories of Brian E. Ward, give you peace, comfort and strength…
Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
and prayers to the family of ….
US Navy Veteran, Brian E. Ward, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†
† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †
Sending our sincere condolences to your family. Prayers for healing and our love.
I am so very sorry for your loss, Brian was a great friend and shipmate, e we’re stationed together at Oceana as Senior Chiefs, he was a valued mentor, sounding board and straight shooter with a wicked sense of humor, has my eternal respect, I count myself very lucky and honored to have served with him. He will be sorely missed.
So sorry for your loss Jen!
Way to young to go!
So sorry for your loss. God has plans for him to take him this young. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your children during this very sad time.
So sad Jen, he was to young to be gone. We love you and he will be missed! RIP brother!