Born in Kings Mountain NC, the son of William P Ware and the late Margaret (Briggs) Ware of Charlotte NC. He left the Charlotte area after enlisting in the Navy. Duty stations included Norfolk VA, Mayport FL, Newport RI, and many deployments to Europe, the North Atlantic, the Middle East, Central and South America.
Commander Ware earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Belmont Abbey College in Belmont NC, his Master of Science in Systems Technology from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey CA, and also did additional graduate work in Engineering Management at The George Washington University, in Washington D.C. He also completed the Joint and Combined Staff Officer Course at The Armed Forces Staff College, National Defense University in Norfolk VA.
He was a Commissioned Officer in the United States Navy for 20 years, retiring in 1991 with the Rank of Commander. He served as the Surface Operations and Scheduling Officer for the Atlantic Fleet, including deploying all Fleet Naval and Marine Corps assets used in the First Gulf War. Personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal from the President of the United States. He served on one submarine and many ships, including USS Archerfish, USS Kalamazoo, USS Talbot, USS Virginia, USS Voge, and finally, the Battleship Iowa, where he was the Chief Engineer.
Commander Ware has been employed with Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems in Portsmouth RI for the past 11 years as a Senior Principal Systems Engineer, where he held a variety of positions. Most recent was supporting PATRIOT UAE working on the Antenna Mast Group (AMG). He was also instrumental in developing the Zumwalt Destroyer Proposal, which Raytheon subsequently, won. Mr. Ware’s Department Manager in Raytheon Portsmouth, Kenyon Thayer best summed up his contribution to Raytheon, stating “Jerry’s legacy is quality came above all else. His commitment to excellence was unparalleled.”
Prior to that he was a Senior Principal Systems Engineer for Lockheed Martin Corporation in Syracuse NY for three years and he was the Regional Engineering Manager and a Power Plant Manager for Stewart Stevensen Operations Inc., in Syracuse NY for four years.
Mr Ware enjoyed the theatre, all kinds of music, classically trained pianist, flew model gas airplanes, was a voracious reader, interested in politics, and all things technical. A wordsmith and linguist, he was fluent in several languages including: German, Russian, Latin, Spanish and Italian.
Surviving in addition to his wife and father are his three children Sally Ware of High Shoals NC, Morgan Ware Kula and her husband Bryan of Scottsdale AZ and Arthur Ware of Mauldin SC; two brothers Paul Ware of Charlotte NC and Miles Ware and his Stana of Gastonia NC, 4 grandchildren and 2 nephews.
His Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 2pm in the Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Dartmouth, 230 Russells Mills Rd., Dartmouth. His family will greet friends in the funeral home from 12noon – 2pm prior to his service. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Wounded Warriors, 370 7th Ave, Third Floor, Room 320, NY, NY 10001. For online tributes and directions: www.waring-sullivan.com
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