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June 7, 1929 – May 22, 2013

Lawrence M. Ward, a Korean War veteran and past president of the Rotary Club of Kenmore, died Wednesday in Buffalo General Medical Center. He was 83.

A native of Medford, Mass., Mr. Ward was a graduate of Medford High School and Bowling Green University in Ohio.

He served in the Army during the Korean War and moved to the Buffalo area in the 1950s for a job with Glidden Paint Co.

He later co-founded Bison Painting & Decorating, a commercial painting company in Kenmore. He served as vice president of the company for many years until he retired in the mid-1990s.

A longtime Town of Tonawanda resident, Mr. Ward moved to Getzville in 1989.

He was active in the Kenmore Rotary, serving as its president.

He also was a former board member on the Kenmore Rotary Foundation.

His wife of more than 50 years, Mary M. “Maggie” Ward, died in 2012.

Survivors include a daughter, Patricia W. Sanfilippo, and a son, James G.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday in St. Amelia Catholic Church, 2999 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda.