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Date published: 1/31/2014

Robert L. Ware

Robert Lewis Ware, 80, of Milford passed away Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Fort Lauderdale Fla.

Bob, the son of the late Marshall Linwood and Eloise McEwen Ware of Lorton, is survived by his wife, Shirley Ware; a son, Robert Lewis Ware Jr. and his wife, Michele, of Milford; and his daughter, Betsy Smith of Richmond. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Chris Austin, Tracy Austin, KayLee Ware, BreAnna Ware, Jessie Shelton and Owen Shelton, all of Virginia; stepson Jeffrey Erb of Dallas; and two brothers, Richard Ware (wife Shirley) of Plantation, Fla., and Donald Ware (wife Carol) of Stone Mountain, Ga. Bob was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Penelope Freeman Ware, and by his younger son, Charles Dean Ware.

Bob was a graduate of Washington-Lee High School in Arlington and General Motors Institute, Flint, Mich. In 1976, having worked as service manager for Cadillac dealers in North Carolina and Northern Virginia, Bob obtained Harbor View Marina in Oak Grove, which he operated for a number of years, then later became a broker for Bestway and Hylas Yachts.

Bob loved boating, seeing America with his motor home and spending time with family and friends. For them, Bob was the "go to" person, because everyone knew that "Bob could do anything," would tackle any job, and was always ready to help when needed.

A memorial service will be held at Salem Baptist Church in Sparta at a time to be announced, with interment in the church's memorial garden.

Those wishing to honor Bob's memory may do so with memorial gifts to Salem Baptist Church, Sparta.