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Frank Ward Karsman, 58, of Cumming, Georgia and formerly of Savannah, Georgia, died Friday morning, June 17, 2022, in Savannah.

Born in Savannah, Georgia, he was a son of Rosalind “Roz” Toporek Portman and the late Stanley Murray Karsman. Ward was of the Jewish faith. He graduated from Benedictine Military School and during the summers attended The Citadel Summer Camp. Ward attended West Georgia College and graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. He was an insurance adjuster for Countryside Insurance. Ward played basketball when he was younger and his favorite activity was golf.

Survivors include his mother, Rosalind “Roz” Toporek Portman and her husband, Bernard Mayer “Buddy” Portman; his sister, Stacy Karsman Sullivan; his step-sister, Becky Portman and her husband, David Wolf, and his aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

The funeral service will be held at 9:30 Monday morning, June 20, 2022, at the graveside, Bonaventure Cemetery, conducted by Rabbi Jeffrey L. Gordon.

Remembrances: Congregation Bnai Brith Jacob – 5444 Abercorn Street, Savannah, Georgia 31405-6902.

You are invited to view the funeral service via Zoom by clicking here.

Meeting ID: 894 0255 4301
Passcode: 147708

Online Condolences

  1. Elissa Freedman says:

    I am so shocked and heartbroken for the family! Always loved Ward’s sense of humor. He will be missed by many. May his memory be a blessing!

  2. Sheila & Walter Holt says:

    Walter and I are heart broken. From the day I met Walter I heard about Gank. The stories those two had.

    He was Taylor’s godfather.

    We will miss him so much. Rest In Peace and love. And only for you Gank GO DAWGS!

  3. Sherry Meddin Macchia says:

    My deepest condolences and love to Roz, Stacy, Brenda and Ward’s entire family. From birth this was my second family., Stacy & I being inseparable for many many years. Thankfully Facebook keeps most of us Savannahians close whether we are near or far (California in my case) and Ward and I private messaged each other often. I am just heartbroken.
    Aunt Roz, I will call you- special hug to you and Stacy. Love to Buddy and Becky.
    Chuck and Louis also send their sympathy and love.

  4. Beth Buttimer says:

    Sending much love and sympathy to all of Ward’s family. I am so sorry for your tremendous loss. Ward was my childhood buddy, the little brother of my friend, Stacy! No matter how much time or distance comes between childhood friends, those ties never, ever end. I’m so grateful for Facebook because it brought Ward back into my life. Rest well, Pirate Ward! You are my hero for swallowing 2 nickels and living to laugh about it for years!! Until….

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  6. Richard, Ann Lutz and our Family says:

    This is very sad news and it hurts to the core of our souls. Ward was a loyal and true friend, we pray for his Spirit and we pray that God will comfort his family and all of us–his friends–during this most difficult time.

  7. Tinka and Al Pace says:

    Roz, Buddy, Stacy, Becky and family:
    We are so saddened. There are no words to express the tremendous heartbreak we know you feel and that we share with you.
    We were lucky enough to meet Ward when you became our neighbors. We were always excited to see his car in the driveway and looked forward to talking to him on his many visits home. What a great conversationalist! Through his many, many stories we discovered that our paths crossed among a number of people. Ward seemed to know just about everyone and had a funny story to share about them. He so loved his friends, his family and of course, his dog who always traveled with him. We will miss you ‘HollyWard”!
    Rest In Peace.

  8. Mark Pinosky says:

    Ward was one of the first people Karen and I met in BBYO. Always a good friend. May his memory be a blessing.
    Mark and Karen Pinosky

  9. Marilyn Hernandez says:

    My Sympathy to the family! I know how it feels to lose someone. He will be in Heaven with many wonderful people. May he Rest In Peace

  10. John Altonen says:

    My condolences to the family and he will be missed.
    Always had a smile .

    John and Diane Altonen

  11. Greg Stewart says:

    I just learned of Ward’s passing. I worked with him for years and thought of him as a friend. I have a hard time wrapping my head around this loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  12. Bennie Warshaw says:

    Oh Ward! My first memory of you was when you wiggled out the back seat of your Dad’s car and landed on 66th Street — right across the street from me!

    We played together, went to cub scouts, and school together. You had an infectious personality. You reminded me of my favorite bird and it fits you so well. A mockingbird draped over a hummingbird frame. You were an important part of my childhood because you preserved several moments in time with crystal clarity I’ll treasure forever.

    I’ll share this one memory.
    I remember your Dad jumping in the car to treat us to lunch. He brought back a bag of Krystal hamburgers and sat the bag on the hood of his car. He walked in the house to get us some drinks as we were going to eat outside.

    By the time he came back, the burgers had vanished! I remember the look on his face when he said, “you mean to tell me you two ate a dozen burgers in the time I was gone?”

    Ward, I saw you out the corner of my left eye slowly raise your index finger in my direction with a mouth full of french fries.

    Thanks buddy!

  13. Ann Wright says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this news and send condolences to the family. I worked with Ward for years. He had such a great sense of humor and he will be sorely missed.

  14. Robin Pinson says:

    I’m so shocked to hear of Ward,s passing. I worked at Country Insurance with Ward and were good friends. Just heartbroken, prayers to his family. May his memory be a blessing.

  15. Amanda Swartz says:

    My condolences to the friends and family of Ward. Though we never met in person, he was a great coworker and I enjoyed worked along side him on claims. You will be missed at Country Ward.

  16. Sara Saunders says:

    Yehi zichra baruch. I’m so sorry I didn’t get to know you better, Ward. We worked together at Country Financial and this is such a shock. I am deeply saddened to hear of your passing. To Ward’s family, Please accept my sincere condolences. May Hashem bless you and guard you.

  17. Tom Laslie says:

    To Ward’s Family,
    Ward and I worked together at Progressive in Savannah, then SSI and New Mexico. We were very close during those years 95-2001 when I left NM. Although we hadn’t actually seen each other since probably 2003 when I returned to NM just prior to his departure, we kept in touch over the years through text, the occaisional phone call, and through Facebook. We shared jokes and old memories. We played countless rounds of golf in NM and hit many a range ball in Brunswick (when we were supposed to be working). I never met a guy who was as smart as Ward was. His recall ability was amazing, and he was so funny. My two older kids knew him as Uncle Ward. He’d bring his own steak over when we grilled out, and I can’t tell you how many times he left spit cups sitting around my house. My brother, Jim also got to know Ward through Progressive golf tournaments when we played. They too stayed in touch over the years. I will miss him. My deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers to you all. God Bless. Tom

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