Legendary Anchor Retires

Legendary TV anchor retires from the 10 o'clock news and an epic party at iconic Houston restaurant follows

Iconic TV anchor retires from 10'o'clock news and epic party follows

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After signing off on the 10 p.m. news for the last time KTRK ABC 13 news anchor Dave Ward tousles his hair in public, a long-held dream. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
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Former KTRK ABC 13 news director Dave Strickland toasts Dave Ward at the party at Tony's. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
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Allen Becker, left, Kellie Letsos and Gary Becker. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
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Don Nelson, from left, Tilman Feritta and Dave Ward. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
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Melanie Lawson, left, Greg Bailey and Jan Carson. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
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John Rowe, from left, and Rachelle Rowe with Laura and Dave Ward. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
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Tony Gracely and Carol Sawyer. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
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Dr. Barney and Sandy Barrett, left, with Mike and Carol Linn. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
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Fans in the bar at Tony's watch as Dave Ward signs off on the 10 p.m. news for the final time. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
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John Mabarek, left, and John Guess Jr. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
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Don and Kathy Kobos, from left, Tina Strickland and Ilona Carson. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
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Mike and Lisa McGuff. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
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Brenda and Tom Koch with daughter Emily Koch, right. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
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Krista and Ted Oberg. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
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Laura and Dave Ward. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
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News, Shelby, Dave Ward Party, Dec. 2014, Dave Strickland
News, Shelby, Dave Ward Party, Dec. 2014, Allen Becker, Kellie Letsos, Gary Becker
News, Shelby, Dave Ward Party, Dec. 2014, Don Nelson, Tilman Feritta, Dave Ward
News, Shelby, Dave Ward Party, Dec. 2014, Melanie Lawson, Greg Bailey, Jan Carson
News, Shelby, Dave Ward Party, Dec. 2014, John Rowe, Rachel Rowe, Laura Ward, Dave Ward
News, Shelby, Dave Ward Party, Dec. 2014, Tony Gracely, Carol Sawyer
News, Shelby, Dave Ward Party, Dec. 2014, Dr. Barney Barrett, Sandy Barrett, Mike Linn, Carol Linn
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News, Shelby, Dave Ward Party, Dec. 2014, John Mabarek, John Guess Jr.
News, Shelby, Dave Ward Party, Dec. 2014, Don Kobos, Kathy Kobos, Tina Strickland, Ilona Carson
News, Shelby, Dave Ward Party, Dec. 2014, Mike McGuff, Lisa McGuff
News, Shelby, Dave Ward Party, Dec. 2014, Brenda Koch, Tom Koch, Emily Koch
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Veteran KTRK Channel 13 news anchor Dave Ward signed off on the 10 p.m. newscast for the final time earlier this week and for the milestone adios after 48 years at the helm, close friends and colleagues gathered at Tony's for a late-night fond farewell.

It's not exactly goodbye for Ward. Rather it's the end of his late news stints. He remains front and center on the 6 p.m. news and plans on holding that seat at the news desk for two more years. That 50-year run at the same news station will place him in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Laura Ward organized the celebration of Dave's long-lived career, convincing Tony Vallone to keep his restaurant open into the wee hours. As the party didn't get rolling until around 11, guests were still supping on Tony's killer crispy bacon, French toast, hot biscuits and more well after the midnight hour — on a weeknight.

A microphone was passed around the gathering of close to 60 admirers with colleagues including Wayne Dolcefino, Melanie Lawson, Tom Koch and Ilona Carson congratulating Ward on his remarkable tenure.

Highlight of the night came when Ward took the microphone and said, "This is something I've been wanting to do all of my career, but I never had the guts to do it." With that, he mussed up his perfect coif into a standing mess as guests laughed and applauded.

Sheridan and John Eddie Williams added their congratulations to the praise as did Dan Strickland, Ed Brandon, Gary Becker and Tony Gracely

Applauding Ward on this sentimental night were Tilman Fertitta, Carol Sawyer, Edna Meyer-Nelson, Brenda Koch, Lisa and Mike McGuff, Deborah Wrigley, Sandy and Dr. Barney Barrett, Carol and Mike Linn, Jan Carson and Tim Connolly and Allen Becker.