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Funeral Thursday for Retired Framingham Deputy Fire Chief from Natick

Framingham Deputy Fire Chief Albert L. Ordway Jr., 59, died on Dec. 27, 2013 at his home in Natick after a 2-year battle with cancer.

Framingham Deputy Fire Chief Albert L. Ordway Jr., 59, died on Dec. 27, 2013 at his home in Natick after a two year battle with cancer. Credit; John Everett & Sons Funeral Home
Framingham Deputy Fire Chief Albert L. Ordway Jr., 59, died on Dec. 27, 2013 at his home in Natick after a two year battle with cancer. Credit; John Everett & Sons Funeral Home
Posted by Susan Petroni

Framingham Deputy Fire Chief Albert L. Ordway Jr., 59, died on Dec. 27, 2013 at his home in Natick after a two year battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family.

Framingham Patch posted the first report of his death on Saturday.

Ordway was born in Natick, the son of Jeanne C (Magee) Ordway of Natick and late Albert L. Ordway, Sr. (Natick Fire Dept.) who died Dec. 31, 2012.

Ordway was a lifelong resident of Natick. He attended Saint Patrick’s Elementary School, and graduated from Natick High School, Class of 1972. He obtained degrees in Fire Science and Fire Technology from Mass Bay Community College in 1982 and Anna Maria College in 2002.

Albert and his father were recognized as the first father-and-son to graduate in the same class at Mass Bay Community College.

Ordway began his 33 year career with the Framingham Fire Department in March 1977. He quickly rose up the ranks being promoted to Lieutenant in 1981, Captain in 1986, and Deputy Fire Chief in 1987, a position he held for 23 years.

As Deputy Chief he served as the Department’s Administrative Officer, Emergency Management Director and Training Officer for several years. He finished his last 11 years supervising fire ground operations, the part of the job he enjoyed the most.

He also served as Framingham’s Civil Defense Director from 1993 – 2000.

He was a member of the Natick Elks for his entire adult life.

In addition to his mother he is survived by a daughter Kathryn Ordway Beaudry and her husband Michael of Waltham, one son Albert L Ordway III of Beverly, many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Ordway also leaves two former wives, Valerie (Olsen) Collins of Arizona and Deborah (Lees) Martin of Detroit, Michigan.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral on Thursday January 2, 2014 at 9 a.m. from the John Everett and Sons Funeral Home 4 Park Street, at Natick Common, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St Patrick Church at 10 a.m.

Visiting hours are Wednesday Jan. 1, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Burial is private.

Expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to the Shriners Hospital for Children 51 Blossom Street Boston MA 02114.

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