Obituary: Ward, William |

Obituary: Ward, William

The North Shore of Lake Tahoe lost a wonderful friend when William “Billy” Ward passed suddenly on Aug. 9 in Reno, Nev. He was 66 years old.

Born in Pasadena, Calif., in 1941, Billy was a veteran of the United States Navy and served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Hancock.

Active, energetic and blessed with a great sense of humor Bill’s life was

full of many interests and occupations. A polio survivor who became a champion water-ski racer, motorcycle mechanic, and owner of “Bill’s Beech Inn” Pasadena.

In 1979, Bill moved to Tahoe City, Calif. His lifelong love of rocks and gemstones led to his final career as a self-taught master jeweler. For 25 years he operated his successful jewelry store Emeralds Plus in Tahoe City He moved to Verdi, Nev. in 2004 and opened Verdi Jewelry.

Another great hobby was fishing and Bill enjoyed both deep sea fishing in Mexico and the fresh waters of the Sierra Nevada.

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Bill leaves behind brothers Mike and Tom Ward, many nieces, nephews, cousins, former partner Maurina Jack, her family, and a great number of friends from all over California.

A celebration of Mr. Bill’s life will be held Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 11:30 a.m. Jake’s On the Lake in Tahoe City.