Obituary of Cyrus Ward Blade
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On Wednesday, December 21, 2022, Cyrus Ward Blade, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and friend, passed away at the age of 84, surrounded by family.
Ward was a life-long family man, committed to his family, his friends and his orchards. He was born in Liberty NY, the son of Gladys Muhlig Blade and Cyrus W. Blade, Sr, brother of Gloria Blade Hansen-Cox, all of whom preceded Ward in death. He attended Liberty High School where he excelled in football, basketball, baseball and track and field. He was a talented singer (a talent he shared more readily in his younger days) and his family remembers him crooning away to what we called “the oldies”. Ward was an avid sportsman/outdoorsman, tireless woodworker, and a talented fly tyer and fisherman. Ward learned to tie flies from a master of the craft, Roy Steenrod, and only in his later days did he learn what a gift that truly was. Ward attended SUNY Delhi majoring in Civil Engineering and soon after, while coming back to Liberty to support the home-town team, he met his wife of what would come to be 61 years, Sandra Wertman. Ward worked for New York City Board of Water Supply as an Assistant Civil Engineer for over 30 years where he oversaw reservoir operations for the New York City Water Supply System.
Sandy and Ward married in 1960. Soon after came Melissa, Cort, Heidi and Amanda…and Ward’s days were filled with life changing events such as building the family home in Neversink, planting a 20-tree apple orchard, coaching little league, participating on the Board of Education at Tri-Valley, attending softball games, and planting a 100-bush blueberry orchard. Ward’s family was spoiled by an abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables, home-crafted maple syrup, freshly made apple sauce and any bounty Ward could coax from the ground. He found himself with little spare time after keeping up with his active family and busy “gentleman’s farm” but when he did find time he liked to spend it on the links with a few of his closest friends. Ward was always willing to lend a helping hand and will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved him. May he rest in peace.
Ward is survived by his loving wife Sandy, his children Melissa (George) Slater, Cort (Maureen) Blade, Heidi Blade (Christoph Gesenberg) and Amanda (Rommie) Samai, his grandchildren, Kaitlin, Christopher, Connor, Cole, Thomas, Clay, Avery, Sofia and his great-grand daughter Elyanna.
Private services will be held by the family at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to the Neversink Ambulance Corp.
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