HR 496

Regular Session 2018
Ward, Robinson J., Jr., death mourned
Resolutions, Condolence
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HR496 193889-1 By Representatives Sanderford, McCutcheon, Ball, Williams (P), Daniels and Hall RFD: First Read: 27-MAR-18 193889-1:n:03/22/2018:AR/ar LSA2018-1500 MOURNING THE DEATH OF ROBINSON J. "BOB" WARD, JR. WHEREAS, it is with profound sorrow that we note the death on March 20, 2018, of Mr. Robinson J. "Bob" Ward, Jr., at the age of 83 years; and WHEREAS, his passing leaves a void in the lives of his loving family, many friends, and the entire community where he was highly regarded; and WHEREAS, a native of Birmingham, he graduated from Shades Valley High School; he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Auburn University; and WHEREAS, Mr. Ward was the author of four space-related books, the last being "Dr. Space," a 2005 biography of Wernher von Braun, and was co-author of another; he held posts at The Huntsville Times ranging from reporter to managing editor in chief during his 43 years with the newspaper before retiring in 2000; and WHEREAS, the recipient of numerous statewide news and feature-writing awards, he also received The University of Alabama College of Communications's 1966 Outstanding Journalism Alumnus Award; he was past president or board chairman of the Alabama Associated Press Association, the Chamber of Commerce Huntsville/Madison County, the Leadership 2000 program, Huntsville Press Club, Acme Club; and a longtime member of The Huntsville Rotary Club; and WHEREAS, he was preceded in death by his parents, Robinson J. and Laura Margaret Leland Ward; and sister, Vivian "Bobby" Shannon; and WHEREAS, survivors include his beloved wife of 60 years, Barbara Ann Byrne Ward; daughter, Nancy Ward Glasgow (Steve); sons, Michael Dennis Ward (Cathy) and Robert Hanly Ward; grandchildren, Hanly, Molly, and Evan Ward; brother, John P. "Johnny" Ward; and a host of other family and friends; and WHEREAS, although his presence will be greatly missed, the memory of Mr. Ward will be cherished in the hearts of all who knew and loved him; now therefore, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, That the death of Mr. Robinson J. "Bob" Ward, Jr., is recorded with deep sympathy, and this resolution is offered in tribute to his life and with heartfelt sympathy to his family, whose grief is shared by many.

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March 27, 2018HJoint Rule 11