Thomas G. Ward, an insurance company executive and former president of the Towson Business Association, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Thursday at Holly Hill Manor in Towson. He was 72.
Mr. Ward grew up in Stoneleigh and graduated from Towson High School in 1955. After being stationed in Germany with the Army, he met Joan I. Artka at a neighborhood bowling alley and fell in love at first sight, said a daughter, Stacey Lynn Munsell of Lutherville.
The couple married in 1962, she said, with a reception at Peerce's Plantation.
Mr. Ward rose through the ranks in the Towson-based insurance company Kroh, Miller & Knight, becoming a vice president and part owner, and was a leader in the local business community. He served as the president of the Towson Business Association in the 1970s and chaired the Towsontown Spring Festival, his daughter said.
Both Mrs. Munsell and her sister, Susan L. McGee of Hunt Valley, were competitive swimmers when they were growing up, and for years, Mr. Ward was a fixture at the Padonia Park Swim Club.
"He came to all our matches, and he was the announcer at the swim club," Mrs. Munsell said. "He would always be sitting up in the big lifeguard chair, making the announcements and making all kinds of jokes."
When the girls were in high school, Mr. Ward would take them and their friends to swim practice at 5 a.m., treat them all to breakfast at Friendly's and drop them off at school before he went to work.
He was very involved in his daughters' lives and made them his signature French toast on weekends, Mrs. Munsell said. "If we had people over to the house, my mom and dad would always be right there playing games with us, making food for us," she said.
Mr. Ward was a member of the board of trustees at Maryvale Preparatory School in Brooklandville, where his daughters were students, and was a board member of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, the Children's Cancer Foundation and the Combined Health Agencies. He was also a member of the Hillendale Country Club.
He loved spending time with his golden retrievers and tending the gardens at his spacious home in Phoenix, which he and his wife designed and christened Corner Bend.
Services will be held today at 11 a.m. at the Lemmon Funeral Home of Dulaney Valley at 10 W. Padonia Road.
In addition to his wife and daughters, Mr. Ward is survived by a sister, Joyce Wallace of Towson; and seven grandchildren.