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PRIME MINISTER'S TRIBUTE Parliamentary Reporter. WELLINGTON, this day. A tribute was paid by the Prime Minister and Minister in Charge of the Police Department, Mr. Fraser, to-day, to Mr. R. R. J. Ward, former superintendent in charge of the Auckland police district, who died at Rotorua on Thursday night after a short illness. Mr. Ward was a highly efficient detective and officer, said Mr. Fraser. He was associated with a number of prominent murder cases in New Zealand and was complimented from time to time by judges for his fairness towards the suspected and convicted men, his fairness being as great as his activities in the interests of justice. He was a keen detective and devoted the whole of his energies to the department. He was a man with a wonderful knowledge of police and detective work and all men had implicit confidence in him and were always pleased to serve under his command. He was a member of the Police Examination Board and during the three years that he was superintendent at Auckland he showed marked ability in the administration of his district. He was a most charitable man who always had a sympathetic ear for the less fortunate individual and it pained him to see anyone short of food, clothing or housing. His wife died about two years ago. He is survived by two sons and one daughter, all school teachers, one sister, Mrs. Leith, Police Matron at Auckland, and one brother who is a racecourse inspector attached to the New Zealand Racing Conference.

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LATE MR. R. R. J. WARD, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 177, 28 July 1945

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LATE MR. R. R. J. WARD Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 177, 28 July 1945

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