Alton E. Ware Obituary, 1997

Alton E. “Al” Ware of Dorchester, a Boston Herald Traveler Linotype operator for 54 years, died Wednesday. He was 104.

Born in West Gardiner, Maine, he moved to Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, in 1913. He lived in Dorchester for 77 years.

Mr. Ware began his printing career at the age of 17 as a linotype operator for the Waterville Sentinel. He later worked at the Daily Gleaner in Fredericton and worked in Holyoke. He was an employee of the Boston Herald Traveler for 54 years. He retired at the age of 81.

Mr. Ware was cited last year as having the longest membership in the International Typographical Union in the United States and Canada, 83 years. He won the Man of the Year Award for the Central Region of the Holy Name Society in October of 1996, and was a member for 77 years. Husband of the late Mary Alice (Essency), he is survived by three daughters, Alice Gillon of Stoughton, Irene Duff of Dorchester, and Barbara DiVito of Hull; two sons, John of Hull and Paul of Milton; twin sisters, Beatrice Regan of Braintree and Bernice Donnelly of Quincy; 21 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated tomorrow at 10 a.m. in St. Brendan’s Church, Dorchester.

Burial will be in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

Arrangements by John J. O’Connor and Son Funeral Home, Dorchester.

Source:  Boston Herald (MA) — Friday, April 25, 1997

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