WARE, James Lowell Sr. Having lived a life devoted to others, God tenderly carried Jim home on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, thirty-six years to the day after the death of his mother. Jim was born in Sebring. After moving to Tampa, Jim began forming his life devoted to others while attending Sacred Heart Academy and Jesuit High School. These schools, which adhere to the principles of St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, laid the foundation for the life he would live. Every day of his life, in every aspect of his life, he lived by the Jesuit motto of being a man for others. Jim continued his education at the Jesuit University at Georgetown and the University of Florida. He became a general contractor by trade, and he began his career working alongside his father, Earl H. Ware Sr., and brother, Earl Jr., in what was known as Ware Construction Company. Over several decades, Jim used his construction talents by providing oversight work, building facilities, or additions for many faith-based organizations, included but not limited to, the Diocese of St. Petersburg, St. Patrick’s Catholic School and Church, Christ the King Catholic Church, and Jesuit High School. In addition to these organizations, he built many buildings that still stand and are being used in the Tampa Bay area. Jim’s building career expanded over fifty-four years, and extended to many cities throughout our country. He did not just build strong and lasting facilities, he also built strong and lasting relationships throughout his life in the construction industry. Over the decades of his life, Jim was involved in many organizations: ABC (Associated Building Contractors), Sertoma Club, St. Patrick’s Catholic School and Church, Jesuit High School Foundation, Jesuit High School Dad’s Club, Christ the King Catholic Church and School, and Methodist Place, to name a few. Jim often held a leadership position and he always led by his Christian philosophy of serving others. In 1956, he could not resist the innocent and loving allure of his high school sweetheart, Barbara Oldt. They were married in the summer of 1956. For fifty-six years, through good times and bad, in sickness and in health, their love transcended all events. Their relationship always grew stronger when going through life’s trials and tribulations together. Their love for one another was unwavering and unconditional. Their marriage was one created by God, and encased in the hands of God. Jim and Barbara raised five sons, Jim Jr., Mike, Bill, Mark, and Ricky. Through the years, he made it a point to create a separate and special relationship with each son. However, these relationships shared one characteristic, his immeasurable love and devotion to each of them, and their immeasurable love and devotion to him. Jim was also blessed with loving daughters-in-law, Josina (Mike), Sherry (Ricky), and Jacque (Mark). Although related by marriage, he never considered them as daughters-in-law. He considered them, treated them, and loved them as his own daughters. They are all very special young women, and they were truly very special to him. Additionally, Jim also had a loving relationship with Cyndi Ware. Cyndi had been a positive and loving constant in his life, and the outstanding mother of three of his grandchildren. Her loyalty and care meant a great deal to him. He loved her, too, as his own daughter. Jim had four siblings, Earl Jr. (Sue), Jerry, Linda (Anthony), and Dianne (Frank). Their relationship with one another was nourished in a home ruled by a loving parental touch and Christian discipline. Their parents, Earl H. Ware Sr., and Versal (Sally) Ware, instilled in each, a responsibility to care for and be there for one another. Each sibling was special to Jim. Each parent was special to Jim. Each spouse of a sibling was special to Jim. Jim had one sister-in-law through Barbara, Patsy Lowrance (Bobby). Their relationship was one of joviality, friendship, and love. Their bond extended over sixty years. Jim and Barbara were blessed to have many loving and caring grandchildren, Jimmy Trey, Justin (Jennifer), Kristen, Caitlin, Vanessa (Bobby), Bill Jr., Tommy (Tristin), Tori, Samantha, Dakota, Zach, Lexi; great-grandchildren, Kayden, Jeanie-Barbara, Atticus, Clayton, Michael, and Gabriel; and extended family, Chip (Isabel), Russel, Lydia, Audrey, Jeff (Gayla), Brittany, Jennifer(Jack), Jack, Ava, Mia, Laura-Elizabeth (Matt), Davis, Will, Chase, Lisa (Rand), Chase, Charlie, Trey (Nina), Alexa, Amelia, Erinn (Michael), Tanner, Molly, Tyler, Brick, David (Susan) Matthew, Debbie (Doug) Tyler, Trevor, Kierlyn, Jamie, (Kim) Brittany Jim and Barbara, were also blessed with a number of loving and caring extended family and friends who will always be a part of Jim’s family. As Jim takes his new journey, his infectious laugh, kind heart, firm grip and warm and tender bear hugs will be missed by all. God bless you, Jim, and we’ll see you again. A.M.D.G. A wake is scheduled at the funeral home of Blount & Curry located at South MacDill Avenue on Wednesday, Sept. 26th, from 4-6 pm. The funeral service and mass will be held at St. Anthony’s Chapel on the Jesuit High School campus on Thursday, Sept. 27th, at 5 pm. A private family burial will take place after the mass. In lieu of flowers, an endowment is being established in Jim’s name at Jesuit High School. For those interested, donations can be sent to the “James L. Ware Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund” in care of Jesuit High School, 4701 N. Himes Avenue, Tampa, FL, 33614.
Source: Tampa Bay Times from Sept. 26 to Sept. 27, 2012