OBITUARY

James Michael Ware Sr.

November 1, 1948November 6, 2018

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.

Services

16 November

Gathering

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Fort Lincoln Funeral Home

Chapel

3401 Bladensburg Road
Brentwood, Maryland 20722

16 November

Memorial Service

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Fort Lincoln Funeral Home

Chapel

3401 Bladensburg Rd
Brentwood, Maryland 20722

REMEMBERING

James Michael Ware Sr.

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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 wrote up and down Quince Orchard Road until he got it down pat also 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 but 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)

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