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John Andrew Ward

December 9, 1955 March 17, 2020
John Andrew Ward
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John Andrew Ward was born on December 9, 1955 and passed away at home in the arms of his wife on March 17, 2020.

A theatrical lighting designer and entertainment professional, John was employed as the Operations Manager for 4 Wall Entertainment Detroit at the time of his death. Well known for his outstanding work ethic, John worked with many famous clients throughout his career including the Rolling Stones, Genesis and Fleetwood Mac.

John had many interests: he loved the city of New Orleans and he was a life-long Saints fan. He was also passionate about music, travel, dogs and his family. He served on the City of South Lyon Zoning Appeals Board at the time of his death and appreciated the opportunity to serve his community.

John is survived by his wife of 22 years, Tamra (Padilla) Ward, his sons Ryan Beatty and Christian (Ashley) Beatty and he adored his granddaughter, Emma. He was preceded in death by his parents Hal and Dolores Ward and his brother, Michael. Mass and a celebration of life will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to Friends of WWOZ New Orleans at or WWOZ Public Radio, PO Box 51840, New Orleans, LA 70151.

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WWOZ Public Radio

PO Box 51840
New Orleans, LA 70151

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