Hamilton — Ward Rankin Spears passed away peacefully Monday, March 17, after a long battle with cancer.
Born in Omaha, Nebraska, on Feb. 21, 1953, Ward was a kind and caring son, brother and uncle and a gifted mathematician and engineer who enjoyed Pepsi, comic books, particularly fantasy and science fiction. After graduating from Hamilton/Wenham High School, Ward attended Dartmouth College, earning Bachelor of Science degrees in both Physics and Mechanical Engineering. He later received Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University.
Ward was calm and analytical in applying his expertise in applied mechanical design during his career. He began at General Electric where he worked in rotor design for steam turbine and jet engine systems. Later, as a mechanical design engineer at Beacon Power, LLC, he was recognized as an expert on composite flywheel designs and acquired several patents during his time there.
Always ready with a quiet word of advice, Ward shared his passion for science fiction and fantasy gaming with his nieces and nephews, and constructed and modified his own computers. Ward loved his family, fighting his cancer long enough to say goodbye to everyone. He was gifted, plain and simple, and he will be missed and remembered.
Predeceased by his mother, Barbara J. Spears, and his sister, Marjory A. Spears, Ward is survived by his father, Howard C.K. Spears and wife, Valia Stolichnya; brother, Michael Spears and wife, Lisa; sister, Elizabeth Spears and husband, Daniel J. Murphy III; nieces, Mara Alison Spears, MacKenzie Barbara Spears; and nephews, Paul C.K. Spears, John Wilder Spears, and Michael Ward Pare.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours will be held at the Campbell – Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot St., North Beverly, Tuesday, March 25, from 4 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a service at 6:30 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ward’s name may be made to the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center (https://secure.massgeneral.org/cancer). Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.