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Vernon Ward’s contributions to community were many

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Those who knew Vernon Ward well say he was a kind man, who was willing to help without asking for anything in return.

Ward made his mark on Brunswick County after moving to Shallotte in 1980. He got settled in the community by teaching at Brunswick Technical Institute (now Brunswick Community College).

While Ward may have made his first impressions at BCT, he spent the next almost 30 years dedicating his life to selfless service of others.

Ward was active in his church and community groups such as the Masons and Shriners. He volunteered as a fireman and treasurer for Shallotte Point Volunteer Fire Department and served on several community boards including Lower Cape Fear Hospice, Brunswick County Economic Development, Brunswick County ABC, Brunswick County Adult Day Care and BCC board of trustees.

Ward was also a familiar face in county politics. He ran against Bonner Stiller for his seat in the N.C. House of Representatives last November. Ward also served three terms as chairman of the Brunswick County Democratic Party.

Even when he wasn’t busy with one of these many roles, Ward was always thinking of others. Recently he wrote a letter to the editor, and later called to follow up, encouraging a story in the Beacon about benefits of being an elected official in Brunswick County. While his role in politics had provided him with some insight, he wanted the news shared with other readers.

Beacon religion columnist Fran Salone-Pelletier, a friend and neighbor of Ward’s, pays tribute to him today in her column on page 8C. She remembers him as a kind man who died doing what he had always done—helping others.

Vernon Ward was a special part of life here in Brunswick County, and his selfless service will now be greatly missed.