Using our gifts

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manager


Artist Bill Ward at work

Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region received a very welcome surprise a few months ago when we learned that we had been included in the will of painter William “Bill” Ward.  It was an unexpected blessing because Bill was not under the care of HPCCR when he died.  And while it took us a while to get to the bottom of this story, his generous gesture let us know that someone he loved dearly must have benefited from hospice.  What’s more, it clearly made an impact on him.

Bill never married nor had children. But he had a very close relationship with his grandniece, Mary Frances Lawing, because of their joint love of art. For many years, Bill taught art to elementary and middle school students and throughout his life he was a prolific painter.  Modest to a fault, he never had an art show of his own or sold any of his creations.  He constantly practiced, however, taking inspiration from some of his favorite artists – Matisse, Picasso, and other post-impressionist painters.


One of Bill Ward’s pieces

When Bill died, he left all of his tangible property to Mary and dictated that, once liquidated, the proceeds should be donated to HPCCR.  Bill had painted hundreds of pieces in various mediums – oils, acrylics, pastels, and watercolors.  He had also crafted some sculptures and even built several pieces of furniture.

Bill originally came to Charlotte at the request of his sister Edith (Mary’s grandmother) and he lived with her until she passed away in 1993.  Turns out Edith was cared for by Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region. Bill was deeply touched by the experience; he was especially moved by the compassion the care team showed his sister and the rest of his family.

Because of Bill’s artistic gift, he was able to give HPCCR an amazing financial gift.  And we can pass his gift forward, in the form of exceptional of end-of-life care, to those who need us most.  A beautiful blessing indeed.

Want to ensure that future generations will benefit from hospice care? Contact Pam Janowicz Gray at 704.335.4324 to learn more about planned giving.

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