The last I spoke with Leo was back in December of '07 concerning the restoration of the 48th PA monument at Antietam and the missing sword. He promised to get back in touch with me, but then I discovered that he had fallen, breaking his hip. He seemed to be getting better, but just last week a friend told me that he had taken a turn for the worse.
Leo Ward died Monday, May 19, at the age of 78. He was a Schuylkill County historian extraordinaire, and was the driving force behind the relocation of the society's headquarters from those cramped quarters next to the library to the spacious and quite eloquent Female Grammar Academy on Centre Street. Schuylkill County history will not be the same without him, and he will be missed.
Ward's obituary can be found here: