Born in Camden, Maine, Mr. Ware was a graduate of the U.S. Maritime Academy at Kings Point, New York. He served in the Navy during World War II, working as chief engineer of an ammunition ship in the South Pacific.
He joined the Coast Guard as an officer in 1945 and served as captain of the Port of San Francisco from 1970 to 1974.
As port captain, he helped develop a vessel traffic system to monitor commercial ships on the San Francisco Bay.
Mr. Ware is survived by his wife Shirley of San Mateo; sons Bert of Los Gatos, David of Plano, Texas, and Steve of San Mateo; a sister, Dorothy Perrin of Bennington, Vermont, and five grandchildren.
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Skylawn Memorial Park in San Mateo, and will be followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in San Mateo.