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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