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Nicholas C. Ward “Chris”, 76, of Statesville, NC and formally of Vestal, NY passed away peacefully with his loving daughter by his side on Friday, November 12, 2021 at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center after complications from a 3 year battle with cancer.
Born April 16, 1945 in Binghamton, NY, he was pre deceased by Nicholas D. and the late Gretta V. Bowes Ward, along with Nancy M. Delafield.
Chris grew up on Binghamton’s west side and graduated from Binghamton Central High School. He also received a degree in industrial maintenance.
In his early years he worked at ARC , was part owner of Nancy’s Hallmark in Binghamton. He enjoyed restoring antique boats, but most of his life was in automotive sales in the Binghamton, NY area. Employed at Euro Classics and Vestal Auto Mart and last owned and worked along side his daughter at Hwy 21 Auto in Mooresville, NC until 2015 when he turned over the business to his daughter but stayed involved because he loved talking with people about cars.
Chris is survived by his daughter, Amanda Ward of Statesville, NC; step children, Chris (Adrienne) Evans; Dan Evans; Karen (Sidney) Evans-Morrison; Jeff Evans; grand children, Andie, Jaiden, Kamren, and Keagan; and his beloved dog, Riley.
He had many long time friendships in the car business, too many to list.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Chris’s name to the Lkn Humane Society or the American Cancer Society, Glioblastoma research.
There will be a celebration of life held on Friday Nov. 19, 2021 from 2-5 pm at Coddle Creek Venue.
Carolina Cremation of Salisbury and Charlotte is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.carolinacremation.com
Chrissy & Phil Muratore says
Sending continued prayers and deepest condolences to you.
May you Rest In Peace Chris, you are already missed by all.
Julie Stocks says
Karen and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Julie Maciotok Stocks
Don & Sandy Moran says
Sandy and I are saddened to hear of Chris’s passing. May he rest in peace.
Dorothy J Ceesay says
Mandy, I’m so very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing which brings me back to our days at Waterloo Harbor! I remember those times fondly and how much fun we had back then! Hoping your memories of your dad sustain you through your life. Dotty and Abe Ceesay
Dave Mapes says
So sorry about your loss. Chris and I had many interesting conversations, mostly about MB’s and other cars too. He showed me his dad’s antique Colt firearms one day at the Grand Boulevard stone house.
I have thought about him many times since he moved south. Great guy!!
Martin Kilmer says
Chris was a dear wonderful guy as a teenager when I knew him with a sparkling wit and infectious laugh. I remember his father Nick taking us to the races at Watkins Glen, in that 1955 Cadillac of his that must have been 35 feet long! Many blessing dear Christopher and thank you for being my friend at a time when it meant a great deal to me.
Alan R Moyle says
Wardo, you’ve gone with Gordo, I’m sorry to hear. Oh the fun times we had. You gave me the nickname ALMO and it stuck like glue. Miss you my friend. Rest in Peace.
Eldon and Lisa Floyd says
We will miss you Chris! You will always hold a special place in our hearts. Thanks for all the memories ❤
James Bottini says
Always positive, seldom a harsh word, full of laughter and fun. Many many great memories…Ballantine IPA is still a favorite. I’m sure he is having a rare porterhouse “up there”. Go well my friend!
Chris McManus says
Pretty hard not to have a good time when you were hanging with Chris. He loved scaring the hell 💩out of you by pulling his Cadillac up behind you and turning on his police siren. Car auctions trips with Chris were a alway fun because you never knew what you would be driving home. The list of fun goes on and on and I’m sure many people are enjoying him in the moment. Until we meet again.