Chatham Township resident Robert Sommer, 78, the owner of T.M. Ward Coffee, Inc., in Chatham died Friday in Morristown Memorial Hospital.

The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Presbyterian Church of New Providence. Interment to follow in Fair Mount Cemetery, Chatham. Arrangements provided by Bradley & Son Funeral Home.

T.M. Ward has been owned by the Sommer family since it was established in 1869. In addition, to the Chatham store on South Passaic Avenue, T.M. Ward has stores in Newark and Norwalk, Conn.

Sommer is survived by his wife, Axlyn, four children and seven grandchildren.