Ward Francis James of Glen Mills

Ward Francis "Frank" James, 77, of Glen Mills and formerly of Upper Darby and Philadelphia, died peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Ward Francis James

Frank was the son of the late Frank and Bernadette Ward in Philadelphia. He graduated from West Catholic High School for Boys, '62. Frank's passion was bowling, dedicating his life to the sport as a competitor, a coach and an advocate for the game. Frank was inducted into the Greater Philadelphia American Bowling Congress (now the USBC) Hall of Fame, the Delaware County Sports Hall of Fame, and the St. John Neumann High School's Millay Club's Hall of Fame, for his innovation and commitment to the sport.

He enjoyed vacations to the Jersey Shore with his family, trips to the casino, and fishing with his family, and was known for his dry sense of humor and epic stories on and off the lanes.

Beloved husband of Ellen (née Buckley). Loving father to Francis J. Ward, Jr. (Wendi), Marie Moser, Thomas Ward (Darlene), Theresa Wisely (David), Michael Ward (Kathleen), Gloria Voight (Nicholas), and Elizabeth Welsh (Robert). Cherished grandfather to 13 grandchildren and great-grandfather to seven great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his son, John Buckley Ward, his grandson, David Kirk Wisely Jr., his sister-in-law Gloria Johnson and his daughter-in-law Kathleen Boileau Ward. He is also survived by many nephews, nieces, cousins, and more.

Relatives, friends, and members of the bowling community are invited to his visitation is Wednesday. Sept. 28, 9 a.m. Saint Cornelius Church, 160 Ridge Rd., Chadds Ford, PA 19317, and to his funeral mass at 11 a.m. in the Church. Int. SS Peter and Paul Cemetery. Arrangements: O'LEARY F.H. www.olearyfuneral.com

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