Charles F. Ware Obituary, 2007

Charles Ware, a retired carpenter and project supervisor for Consolidated Construction in Portland who was a member of Carpenter’s Local #1996 for 60 years, died Wednesday. He was 102. Mr. Ware oversaw several construction projects in the Portland area, including work at Maine Medical Center, Franklin Towers and the Eastland Park Hotel. He was remembered by his daughter, Linda Jordan of Hampden, as a good man and a hard worker who took pride in a job well done. ”He loved creating something and seeing the finished product. He loved seeing that it was done right,” his daughter said. ”He expected a lot out of his crew. He expected that they worked for a day’s pay. He was fair. He worked right along with them.” Mr. Ware was a strong supporter of Local #1996. In July, the union held its annual reunion and honored him for his years of service. Two members of his old crew attended the event, Jordan said. ”It was wonderful,” she said. ”They were remembering the old days. He was really happy to spend the time with them. It brought it all back for him. He was very strong in the brotherhood of the carpenter’s union.” Mr. Ware retired from the company when he was 62 and went to work for himself. He bought, renovated and sold properties throughout Cumberland and York counties. He also owned and managed Ware Apartments in Yarmouth from 1946 to 1992. He retired officially when he was 88 years old. ”He was highly respected. People knew that he would do the work and do it right,” Jordan said, recalling the first time she worked with him. ”When I was 16, he took me along to help him build a porch and steps. I never worked that hard in my life. I thought I was going to die. It was an experience I’ll never forget.” Mr. Ware and his wife, Carolyn, would have celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary on Dec. 26. He is survived by his daughter and three other children from a previous marriage. Jordan said her parents adored each other. ”His life revolved around her. They still held hands. He was very romantic and still teased her,” Jordan said. ”They did everything together. They read the paper every morning and cleared the dishes from breakfast together.” Jordan credited her father’s longevity to his faith in God and maintaining an active life. She said her father walked every day, and kept his mind sharp by reading and talking about national politics and town affairs ”He was 102 going on 75 years old,” Jordan said. ”He … was independent, strong-willed and had a strong faith. … They don’t make them like him any more.”

Source:  Portland Press Herald (ME) – Thursday, December 6, 2007

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