Added by: Lesa Pfrommer
“John Curtis (“Cactus”) Ware, a Laguna Beach native, passed away Easter weekend.
Ware had an unmistakable voice, magnetic smile, and was well-known in Laguna.
His family contributed to the original development of Laguna Beach, beginning in the early 1900s when Coast Highway was a simple dirt road.
He was one of the original lifeguards in Laguna Beach and attended Laguna Beach High School, where he excelled in football and track.
Ware was a proud property owner of local landmarks like Spigot Liquor Store and Laguna Auto Parts. He built his first home on Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point in 1947, where he and Elizabeth Barnes Ware lived and raised their two sons, John Kelly and David Charles.
Ware was dedicated to our country and the community. For those who were fortunate to meet him around town or near his boat, the Swiss Navy, he would offer a beer, afternoon conversation and opinions to local fisherman and tourists alike. He was a proud chief in the Navy Seabees, a Silver Beaver and Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts, a general contractor, and a beloved son, brother, friend, father, uncle, and grandfather.
Services will be held on Monday, May 2, at 1100 hours, at McCormick Mortuary, 1795 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. All are welcome. “Over.”
Source: Laguna Beach Independent
John “Cactus” Ware passed away of natural causes at his home Wednesday night, April 20, 2011.
Born February 16, 1923, Ware lived and worked in Laguna Beach for most of his 88 years. He was a Laguna Beach lifeguard and owned J.D.K. Builders, a masonry and cement business, where he could be found working on the job up until the last weeks before his death.
He served in three wars—World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. According to his son Kelly Ware, he will be buried in his military uniform wearing his construction boots.
A colorful character who could strike up a conversation about adventures and escapades while charming the ladies with compliments during afternoons at Laguna Auto Supply, his nickname “Cactus” is said to have come from a day in grade school when he dressed up in a barrell with nails sticking out of it as a costume on Sadie Hawkins Day.
His memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 2, at McCormick & Son Mortuary in Laguna Beach. He will be buried at Ascension Cemetary in Lake Forest with full military honors “followed by a big bash with family and friends,” says Laguna Auto Supply owner Jerry Piper. He is survived by his former wife, two sons and six granchildren.”
Source: Laguna Beach Patch
Lesa Pfrommer Record added: Aug 28, 2012