Mr. Arthur C. Ward, Jr. 88, of Cortland, passed away Jan. 12, 2022, at the Veterans Administration Hospital, in Syracuse, New York. Arthur was born July 22, 1933, in Salem, Alabama. Arthur was a veteran of the United States Army and a former employee of Cooper Tools in Cortland. Additionally, was a member of Abundant Life UPC of Cortland.

He is survived by his wife; Wilma Jean Ward of Cortland, five children; Frank Ward of the Bronx, Tony Ward of Brooklyn, Sharon Rasdale of the Bronx, Barbara Ward (Ricky) King of Diamond Bar, Calif, and Evelyn Ward of the Bronx. Also surviving are many grandchildren and great grandchildren, five step-children of Cortland, four sisters; Sara Thomas of Salem, Alabama; Gladys Freelon of Maywood, Ill.; Frances Kimber of Phenix City, Alabama and Christine Upshaw of Salem.

Mr. Ward was preceded in death by his parents; Arthur Ward, Sr. and Maggie Russaw Ward, a son; Arthur Lee Ward; a sister; Mary Ward Cochran and three brothers; Johnny Ward, Bobby Ward and Harry Ward.

Funeral services were conducted on Friday at 6 p.m. from the Chapel of Riccardi Funeral Home, Cortland with Pastor Brad Dutcher officiating. Burial delayed until spring will be in Cortland Rural Cemetery.
The family was present to receive friends on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. in the funeral home chapel prior to services. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting