Ward Wesley Smith, who worked in community development and later sold antiques and collectibles on the internet, died May 11 of Lou Gehrig's disease, amyotrophic laterals sclerosis, at his Homeland residence. He was 64.
Born in Montclair, N.J., he was a 1970 graduate of Dulaney High School.
He obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism at Towson University, then a master's degree in urban planning from Boston University.
Mr. Smith worked for the Christian Science Monitor, then went into community development work. He was on the staffs of the North Greenmount Community Development Credit Union, Communities Organized to Improve Life in Southwest Baltimore and the Greater Homewood Community Organization in North Baltimore.
About 15 years ago, Mr. Smith changed careers and began selling sports memorabilia, antique toys, souvenir miniature buildings and antique Christmas goods via an internet business he founded.
He decorated his home for Christmas in vintage electric lights and ornaments and had a Christmas garden in his basement. He and his wife hosted an annual holiday party that showcased his collection.
A devoted Orioles fan, he recently toured Orioles Park at Camden Yards with a group of ALS patients.
A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. today at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, 6428 York Road.
Survivors include his wife of 33 years, M. Rosewin Sweeney, an attorney; two daughters, Claire Smith Doyle and Katherine S. Smith, both of Baltimore; a sister, Lynn Kozloski of Windermere; and a niece and a nephew.