Monday, December 10, 2012

Paul Eugene Ward, BHS 1956

Paul Eugene Ward, BHS 1956

Was born June 25, 1938 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to his parents, H.C. and Ruth Ward. He passed away the afternoon of November 21, 2012 the day he and his wife, Cindy, celebrated 56 years of marriage.

Paul is also survived by his daughter, Robin Aspinall and son-in-law Tim Aspinall of Upland, son Craig Ward and daughter-in- law, Evelyn of Menifee, and son Daryl Ward of Ontario. He is also survived by his grandchildren Kristen (Heil) Owen, Christopher Ward, Lauren Heil, Chance Ward, Kaela Ward, Kori Ward, Sean Aspinall, Tristin Muth, great-grandson Tyler Owen, sister Ida Riddle of Texas, brother Fred Ward of Pennsylvania and several nieces and nephews.

The Ward family moved to Southern California from Oklahoma in 1942 where Paul attended schools in Van Nuys and Burbank, eventually graduating from Burbank High School. Paul played football, basketball, and baseball where he caught the eye of the coaches at the University of Redlands. He played football and baseball at Redlands where he and Cindy married while he was a student there.

Upon leaving Redlands in 1961, he began a stellar career in education in the Whittier Joint Union High School District where he taught History and English and coached football and baseball. He then became an Assistant Principal at Walnut High and Diamond Bar High School. Chaffey District called in 1983 and he served as Principal at Ontario High School, Alta Loma High School, and he had the privilege of opening Rancho Cucamonga High School. Since retirement, Paul has enjoyed golfing with his "buds" and spending time with his grandchildren. Paul's infectious smile and great sense of humor will be sorely missed.

Services will be held on Saturday, December 1, at 11:00am at Life Bible Fellowship Church, 2426 N. Euclid Avenue, Upland, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Paul's name to the GAP Food Bank c/o Life Bible Fellowship Church.

Published in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on November 28, 2012

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