OSWEGO, NY – Charles John “Bud” Coward, 92, a recent resident of Bishop Commons and a former resident of Springside at Seneca Hill and of East Fifth Street, Oswego, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, NY.
Born Jan. 11, 1919, in Newark, NJ, he was the son of the late of Henry and Ida Mae (Foote) Coward and grew up in Long Island and New Jersey.
Mr. Coward served in the United States Army From 1942-1953.
During World War II, he received the Bronze Star on Feb. 4, 1944, for exemplary conduct during the Rhineland Campaign in the European Theatre of Operations, while assigned as First Lieutenant, 318 Infantry Regiment.
He was also awarded the Purple Heart on Nov. 14, 1944.
He was honorably discharged as a Captain of the United States Army on April 1, 1953.
Bud came to Oswego to attend Oswego State Teachers College, where earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Industrial Arts Education and where he met the love of his life, Ann.
After graduation, he taught Industrial Arts from 1949 to 1954 at Eastport High School in Eastport, Long Island and attended New York University.
In 1954, he and his family returned to Oswego where he was appointed Assistant Professor in the Industrial Arts Department at State University of New York at Oswego.
Bud was instrumental in the growth of SUCO from 1960 to 1975, acting as the Facilities Planning Coordinator and in various other administrative roles at the college.
He retired from the college in 1978 as Associate Professor, Emeritus.
A man who pursued excellence in all he did, Bud mastered the game of golf after acting as Assistant Pro at South Hampton Country Club, Long Island.
As a lifetime member of the Oswego Country Club, Bud’s skill at the game was well known, and he was an active member who contributed to the management of the club in a variety of projects.
As a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, Bud applied his knowledge of aerodynamics and woodworking to building and flying his own airplane, and he also built and flew model airplanes, sharing his love of flight with school students in the area.
In addition to aviation, his first passion, he also learned to sail, teaching both ground school and Power Squadron in his retirement.
Throughout his life, Bud worked with his hands. He crafted furniture and airplanes and used his skills as a craftsman in woodworking to design and build many projects for friends and family.
More than any other aspect of his life, Bud found his greatest pride and pleasure in his family.
He was a devoted husband and father who supported and celebrated the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by daughters, Mary (David) Allen, Patricia (Sanford MacMillen) Coward, Jean Coward and Judith (Brian) Geschwindt.
He leaves his beloved grandchildren: Heather Ainsworth, Emma Coward, Katie Coward and Therese Coward, Timothy (Carly) Gillis, Laura Gillis and John Gillis, Tomas (Jennifer) Arrigo, Elizabeth (Douglas Boyd) Arrigo and Rachel (Richard Meyers) Arrigo, Mary Geschwindt, Molly Geschwindt and Meaghan Geschwindt; and one great-grandson, Lucas Arrigo.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Ann (Daly) Coward, in 2003; son-in-law, David Gillis; and siblings, Frederick Coward and Edith von Glahn.
Funeral services will be held on Monday at 10:30 a.m. from St. Paul’s Church.
Burial will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Dowdle Funeral Home on Sunday from 3-6 p.m.
Memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph’s Hospital or to the charity of the donor’s choice.