Served MAFSI and the industry in numerous ways over his 30-year career.
Longtime independent manufacturer's rep Ray Ward passed away on Dec. 5.
Ward spent 30 years as a manufacturers' rep in the Upstate New York MAFSI Region 2, serving as a principal of Quality Rep Source in Rochester, N.Y. In 2007 that firm merged with Bassett-Carragher Associates to form Link2 Hospitality Solutions. In 2010, Ward relocated to the North Carolina area where he worked with BMIL Technologies.
He was very active for many years in MAFSI, serving on the association's board of directors as well as holding such executive positions as treasurer, vice-president and president (2004).
In 2008, the association presented Ward with the MAFSI Tony Award, which goes to an individual agent member who has consistently performed and demonstrated sincere interest, effort, leadership and given time to the welfare and progress of the organization and the enhancement of the manufacturers' agents' function and position in the industry.
Ward is survived by his wife Karen, three children and several grandchildren.
Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Karen Ward, 108 Carefree Lane, Morehead City, NC 28557.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Rochester General Foundation for the Lipson Cancer Center, where Ward received treatment during his two bouts with cancer.
Calling hours: Tuesday, Dec. 18 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Lucey-VanVoorhis Funeral Home
301 W. Main Street
Victor, N.Y. 14564
Funeral mass: Wednesday, Dec. 19
St. Patrick's Church
115 Maple Avenue
Victor, NY 14564