James Michael Ware Sr.

November 1, 1948November 6, 2018
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James Michael Ware, Sr., affectionately known by most as Mike or Michael, was born November 1, 1948 in Washington, DC, and on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, he was called to eternal rest.

He attended District of Columbia Public Schools and graduated from McKinley Tech High School in 1967. Michael began his career at the U.S. Department of the Treasury shortly after high school and then worked at the United States Government Printing Office (GPO). He later moved to Montgomery County, Maryland, where he was employed by Villa Beer and Wine and developed many meaningful friendships. He also worked for the Montgomery County Government as a Ride-On bus driver. He ultimately retired from the United States Postal Service in 2005. He wasn’t the type of person who liked to keep still and found several part-time jobs along the way. In 2010, he began working at Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Bladensburg, MD, where he remained employed until his passing. Michael had a personality larger than life. He was a die-hard Redskins fan, loved to play cards, and was an avid bowler. He loved his family and especially adored his grandchildren. He always called his children and grandchildren back-to-back; if they didn’t answer, he would leave a message and let everyone else know that he called. Everywhere he went, he knew someone or would gain a new friend just by sparking up a conversation. He also loved to watch golf and old Western movies. He was a dedicated Mason and his many accomplishments included: • Member of Corinthian Lodge No. 18 • Worshipful Master of Corinthian Lodge No. 18 (1999-2001) • Appointed to the position of Assistant Grand Inspector in 2003 • Elected to the position of Right Worshipful Grand Trustee • 32nd Degree Mason of the Jonathan Davis Consistory #1 • Elevated to 33rd degree Mason in the United Supreme Council • Member of Mecca Temple No. 10 Prince Hall Shriners • Royal Arch Mason • Royal and Select Mason • Active member of the AEAONMS Between the years of 2006-2008, Michael worked with a mental health organization that counseled children from Washington, DC to Fairfax County, Virginia. He was also the Deputy Director of the Shriners Mentoring Program, where he mentored in the D.C. public schools system and received numerous awards as a mentor. Over the last 10 years, he worked with various organizations to provide turkeys and food for families during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. He and members of the organization, traveled up and down the East Coast working as mentors for the orient that were unable to come to the various conferences for mentoring children. Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Mattie Brice, and a brother, Thomas "Bubby" Brice. He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 47 years, Rochelle "Shelley"; three children, James Michael Ware, Jr. (Michon), Tamara Maldonado (Edward), and Troy Michael Ware; nine grandchildren, Mache’ Ware, Tiffany Maldonado, Jasmin Maldonado, Tiana Ware, Tyrique Ware, Christian Maldonado, Joseph Maldonado, Bryson Ware, and Jurnee Ware, and Tia Jones, who was like a daughter to him; a brother, Allan Waters; two sisters, Elizabeth Brown and Judy McClain-El, along with numerous other relatives and friends.

"A Poem to honor our Granddaddy"

His Journey's Just Begun (by Ellen Brenneman)

Don't think of him as gone away his journey's just begun, life holds so many facets this earth is only one. Just think of him as resting from the sorrows and the tears in a place of warmth and comfort where there are no days and years. Think how he must be wishing that we could know today how nothing but our sadness can really pass away. And think of him as living in the hearts of those he touched... for nothing loved is ever lost and HE WAS LOVED SO MUCH. We love you Granddaddy!

Visitation on Friday, November 16 from 12:30 p.m. until time of Memorial Service, 1:30 p.m. at Fort Lincoln Funeral Home, 3401 Bladensburg Road, Brentwood, MD 20722.


  • Gathering Friday, November 16, 2018
  • Memorial Service Friday, November 16, 2018

James Michael Ware Sr.

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Susan Woodson

November 27, 2018

Thank you Mr. Ware for the laughs we shared at The Fort. It was a pleasure working with you. Heaven has gained a funny and crazy angel. I know you will RIP. To the family Thank you for sharing your husband, your father, and your grandfather. He was one of a kind; he will be missed.

~ Susan Woodson, Bowie, Maryland

Janice Smith Corbett

November 27, 2018

Extending my sincere condolences to the family. God bless you during this time of bereavement.

~ Janice Smith Corbett (Tech Class of '67)

Edward Mckay, Sr.

November 27, 2018

Losing a loved one is difficult. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

~WJGDE Edward R. Mckay, Sr., Townsend, Delaware

Cassandra Onley

November 27, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and community members who have lost a wonderful person.

~ Cassandra Onley, Frederick, Maryland

Gladys Peters

November 27, 2018

To Shelly and the family. Michael is gone but he will never be forgotten. He was our friend, brother and good buddy. Our hearts are sadden, but our minds are at ease knowing that he knows no more pain or tears. His humor and friendship will be missed. Rudolph R and Gladys V Peters

~ Gladys Peters, Washington, District of Columbia

Louis Bailey Jr

November 27, 2018

To a friend from a friend:
Buddy, we shared some good times (traveling) as well in house working. I am going to miss that crazy laugh of yours as well as working with you. Rest in fraternal sleep.


~ Louis Bailey, Jr., Temple Hills, Maryland

Tiffany Maldonado

November 26, 2018

It was the joy behind your smile. The pride in your voice. The strength in your laughter. The tenderness in your heart. It was the calls to say hi and the late night texts. The 45 minute conversations. The 85 minute history lessons. It was the standing in the doorway as we drove away. The "call me when you get home" and the "granddaddy's just checking on you baby". It You are James Michael Ware Sr. My grandmother's husband. My mother's father. My granddaddy. You are love. You are loved. Forever.

Bobby Ebron

November 14, 2018

Mike was my neighbor for years in Quince Orchard in Gaithersburg, Maryland. I remember when he bought his first motorcycle, a Yamaha Maxim, and I taught him how to ride it. We rode up and down Quince Orchard Road until he got it down pat. Whenever he would hit the lottery, I would know because when I came home he would have a cup of corn liquor waiting for me. He also had one of the cleanest Lincoln Town Cars back in the day, Mike you will be greatly missed. God has called you home. Rest in peace, and I'll see you when I get there.

Susan Woodson

November 14, 2018

Mr Ware you were such a pleasure to work with your funny jokes and your wonderful smile heaven has gained a crazy funny angel may you rip.

Fort Lincoln Funeral Home Staff

November 9, 2018

The Staff of Fort Lincoln Funeral Home wishes to express to you, your family and friends, our sincere and deepest condolences on the loss of your loved one. Please know those we love remain with us for love itself lives on, and cherished memories never fade because a loved one's gone. Those we love can never be more than a thought apart, for as long as there is memory, they'll live on in the heart. (Mary Ramish)