MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -
To understand just how special UPS man Tim Ward was to hundreds of people from Montgomery to Troy, the Blimpie diner served up this thought; In Memory Of Our Favorite UPS Man Tim Ward.
Lisa Wilson was Ward's boss at the UPS district office in Montgomery.
"Tim always has a positive attitude, a positive person. He could take a negative situation and turn it into a positive," said Wilson.
Athletic, adventuresome and funny, Tim's co-workers in Troy made a laminated poster that will hang in the Troy office. The poster has photos of him hiking a snow-capped mountain and showing off his biceps at work.
"Here he is showing off his muscles," Wilson said with a laugh.
Gone but will never be forgotten by those who knew him well. Ward's route included Troy University, passionate about the Crimson Tide and the Trojans.
"He was part of our family.. always hustling and always had a smile on his face," said head coach Larry Blakeney.
Ward died at his Montgomery home Saturday from an accidental shooting reportedly while cleaning his gun. On the day Ward died he had plans to attend the Alabama-Ole Miss football game in Tuscaloosa.
Tim Ward spent 25 years with UPS and he was one of those people who had no interest in moving into management. Ward loved the road and all that came with it.
"It was the relationships with the people he had," said Wilson.
As a UPS driver Tim Ward handled packages weighing on average around 40 pounds, and along the way, friends will tell you Ward delivered a healthy dose of good cheer.
Tim Ward was 47.