William W. Ford, a retired accountant, died of complications from a heart attack Tuesday at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Towson resident was 81 and formerly resided in Baltimore's Homeland section for 34 years.
Born in the city and raised in Sparrows Point, he was a 1940 graduate of Sparrows Point High School.
He served in the Army during World War II. He landed on Omaha Beach shortly after D-Day and participated in the liberation of Paris.
After his military service, he earned an accounting degree from the Johns Hopkins University. He became an accountant for Bethlehem Steel Corp., and was later treasurer and controller of the Barton-Cotton printing company for 39 years. He retired in 1994.
He was a member of Delta Sigma Pi fraternity, the Johns Hopkins Club, the National Association of Accountants and the Catena Club, an investment group.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9:15 a.m. tomorrow at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St., where he was a longtime member.
His wife of 57 years, the former Frances Jordan, died last year.
He is survived by a son, Thomas H. Ford of Hunt Valley; two daughters, Mary Katherine DeMarco of Towson and Debbie Ford-Scriba of Sunnyvale, Calif.; a brother, Robert J. Ford of Newark, Del.; two sisters, Dorothy F. Barton of Dundalk and Elizabeth F. Dircks of Bradenton, Fla.; and three grandchildren.