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Father John Ward, 86

October 8, 2015

Father John Ward, retired pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish, San Rafael, died Sept. 26 at Serra Clergy House in San Mateo. He was 86 years old.

Born in Oakland, Father Ward attended Catholic schools there until entering the seminary as a high school freshman. He was ordained from St. Patrick’s Seminary & University in Menlo Park at St. Mary’s Cathedral by Archbishop John J. Mitty on June 11, 1955.

He served at parishes including St. Paul, San Francisco, Mater Dolorosa, South San Francisco and St. Charles, San Carlos before being appointed pastor of Our Lady of the Pillar Church in Half Moon Bay where he served for 15 years. He was named pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church in San Rafael in 1990 retiring in 1995. He lived at the Marin Catholic Faculty House until moving to Serra Clergy House in 2006.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 2 at St. Gregory Church, San Mateo.

Remembrances may be made to the Priests’ Retirement Fund, Archdiocese of San Francisco, One Peter Yorke Way, San Francisco 94109.

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