Harwich Selectman Stephen Ford Dies

By: Cape Cod Chronicle Staff

Stephen Ford. FILE PHOTO

HARWICH – Stephen Ford, vice chairman of the board of selectmen, has died, according to a statement issued Saturday by board chairman Larry Ballantine.

“Stephen’s love for his hometown of Harwich was exceeded only by his love of family,” Ballantine said in the statement. “His presence at board meetings and his efforts on behalf of so many organizations and causes within Harwich, Cape Cod and the Commonwealth will be dearly missed.

“On behalf of my fellow Board members: Donald Howell, Michael MacAskill and Edward McManus and Town Administrator Joseph Powers, I extend our condolences to Stephen’s family: his wife Patsy, his daughters Carolyn, Erin and Molly; his siblings Patty, Robert, Peter and Michael; and to all those who mourn with us on this sad occasion.”

Selectmen will meet briefly Monday to handle administrative matters and will defer the remainder of the agenda to a later date “to observe this period of grief and honor his service to the town of Harwich,” Ballantine said.

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