Oct. 7, 1940 – Jan. 29. 2015
North Collins Town Justice Ward W. Weiser Jr. died Thursday in Lake Shore Hospital, Irving, after becoming ill at his home. He was 74.
Born and raised in Orchard Park, Mr. Weiser worked on his family’s farm as a youth, said Scott Weiser, his son.
After he was married, Weiser launched Ward Weiser Construction and “built homes all over North Collins, Eden and Hamburg,” the son added.
“Through the years, he was a part-time police officer, and he enjoyed the law so much he decided to stay involved as town justice,” he said.
Mr. Weiser ran unopposed for re-election in 2013. His term would have expired in 2017.
A civic leader and volunteer firefighter, Mr. Weiser was a member of North Collins Jaycees and Eden-North Collins Rotary Club. He was a Little League umpire and helped found the town’s Little Loop football league, and served as the organization’s commissioner and coach.
In 1978, he packed up his family and moved to Humble, Texas, near Houston, where he established his construction business. In Texas, Mr. Weiser joined Harris County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse.
Mr. Weiser returned to North Collins in 1986 and became a member of the Collins Draft Horse, Ox & Pony Club.
Survivors, in addition to his son, include his wife of 53 years, the former Mary Loretto; another son, Matthew; a daughter, Maria Nyman; two brothers, Robert and Harlan “Butch”; two sisters, Carol Dash and Jean Bond; and seven grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 2005 Halley Road, North Collins.