Well known mandolin/banjo luthier Clermon Eugene Ward (CE Ward) died Thursday at his home in Concord, NC at age 70.
Funeral arrangements pending.
I'm sorry to hear it, my condolences to his family.
I looked him up for a partial refret a couple of years ago, he invited me to his shop and did the work while I waited. He did most of the talking, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and pumped him from time to time to steer the conversation in directions that interested me. It was a fascinating visit, he was quite a character.