Arthur E. Ware was born October 6, 1940 in San Francisco, CA. He was preceded in death by his father , Howard F. Ware and his mother, Mildred J. Ware. Husband of Eloise A. Ware for 48 years. Art died at his home in Gig Harbor, WA November 11, 2011.
Art, as he was known, graduated salutatorian from Galileo High School in San Francisco; attended Columbia College in NYC and graduated from Whitworth University in 1963. He then graduated from Trenton State University with an MA in teaching and then received his Master of Divinity in 1969 from Princeton Theological Seminary. He began pursuing his love of coaching and teaching history and math at the Hun School, a private boarding school in Princeton, New Jersey. From there he went to Princeton High School to teach and coach. In 1969 he moved to Washington State where he taught at Bellevue High School and was honored by being voted Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 1970. He became an administrator that year as social studies coordinator for the Bellevue School District. Art was also a high school vice principal in the Renton School District, then moved to the Edmonds School district where he held various central office positions through the late 1970’s and 1980’s. At the end of his career at Edmonds, he returned to his first love of teaching math and coaching tennis, basketball and baseball in both middle and high schools there.
In 1997 Art retired to become a Presbyterian missionary to Albania after communism fell. He became the headmaster of the only Christian missionary kids’ school in the capital, Tirana, and then taught at the first bible school to help the emerging leaders and pastors of new protestant churches. It was a tumultuous time to live in Albania. The country fell into anarchy in 1997 when Art and his wife, Eloise had to be evacuated by the Marines and then in 1999 he helped feed, clothe and find bedding for escaping Kosovar refugees during the Kosovo crisis.
After returning to the U.S., Art became a Presbyterian Church USA pastor, serving Presbyterian churches in the South Sound. During this time he again pursued his passion for tennis and began playing tournament tennis.
Art enjoyed getting together with family and friends, reading and attending musical plays and movies. He also found a love of travel after living in Europe. He accomplished his dream of visiting The Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia on his 70th birthday. Through his compassion for the poor and commitment to God, he led a full and exciting life.
He is survived by his children, Michael, Andrew (Yvonne), and Laurie (Joe) and one grandchild, Katherine, as well as his sister, Virginia(Joseph), his brother, Howard (Beverly)and his niece, Janice.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the following: Salvation Army, Gig Harbor United Methodist Church, Tacoma Gospel Mission, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America or Illir Gjoni c/o Heartland Christian Center, 1741 Oak Hill Road, Wooster, Ohio 44691, one of his Albanian student pastors.
Visitation will be November 25th from 2:00 – 5:00pm at Washington Memorial Park, 16445 International Blvd, SeaTac, WA 98188. The family and old King County/Snohomish County friends Memorial Service will be Tuesday, November 29th, 1:00 pm at the Tillicum Center, 15508 Portland Ave SW, Lakewood, WA 98498 (253) 588-5204.
For Art’s many friends and acquaintances, please attend his Celebration of Life, Friday, December 2, at 2:00 pm at Gig Harbor United Methodist Church, 7400 Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor, WA 98335. (253) 851-2625. His widow, Eloise, wishes to thank these family and friends for their help and support during these difficult times.