Published in the July 31, 2015 edition

Faceobit-webPALM HARBOR, Fla. — Ward “Smokie” Face III, 80, of Palm Harbor, Fla. and formerly of Melrose, went to be with his Lord on July 24.

Ward was born in Stuyvesant Falls, N.Y., raised in Everett and was a graduate of Everett High School, Class of 1953. After high school, he served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

Ward was the owner of W. Face & Son in Melrose for over 50 years and made a lasting impact on his customers and many friends.

Smokie resided in Melrose for over 25 years and the past six years in Palm Harbor, Fla. He was a very religious and faithful man, a member of the Forest Dale Community Church in Malden and was also an assisting minister at the Lutheran Church of the Palms in Palm Harbor, Fla.

Smokie was the past president and coach of the Melrose Little League for many years, was a member of the Malden Moose Lodge for almost 50 years and was a member of the Melrose Bowling League.

Ward received his 1,000 hour pin for volunteering at St. Luke’s Hospital in Tarpon Springs, Fla. and would often tell his family to be proud of your name because it will travel with you for a lifetime.

He was the beloved husband of Maureen A. (Walsh) Face for 58 years. He was the loving father of Steven Face of Maine, Ronald Face of Wilmington, Dennis Face of Wakefield, Daniel Face of Tyngsboro, Anne Micciche of Tewksbury, John Face of Reading, Donna Face of Florida and Andrew Face of New Hampshire. He was the cherished grandfather of Jennifer, Julie, Gail, Nancy, Kristin, Daniel Jr., Taryn, Kevin Jr., Lyndsay, Kyle, Devon, Nicholas, James, Zachary, Lauren, Cody, McKenzie and Allison. He was the great-grandfather of Christian, Camden, Khloe, Jory, Corbin, Autumn, Bennett, Sawyer, twins Jack and June, Leland, Rosco, Bronwynn, Johnny and Gracie (Due in August). He was the caring brother of Dave Face of Florida, Wayne Face of Nw Hampshire and the late Steven Face. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held at the Forest Dale Community Church, 235 Forest St., Malden on Thursday, July 30, at 2 p.m. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Boston Children’s Hospital, 300 Longwood Ave., Boston MA 02115. To sign online condolence visit