Former Jefferson Parish Councilman T.J. "Butch" Ward is dead at the age of 79.
Gretna Police Chief Arthur Lawson confirmed the death of Ward through family yesterday. He reportedly died after a long illness.
Ward served on the council for 24 years and was known for his leadership and persuasiveness. He was known to be a fierce protector of his district and always wanted to know how his constituency would benefit from various measures.
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