Obituary: Alan P. Ware, 72
Jun 30, 2019 05:38AM
By Theresa Gilman
Alan P. Ware
Alan P. Ware, 72, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at Winchester Hospital on June 21st, after a long illness. He was the beloved husband of the late Linda (Dearstyne) Ware with whom he shared almost 50 years of marriage. He was the son of the late Robert H. and Doris E. Ware.
Family and friendships were the center of Alan’s world. He and Linda raised three sons and were blessed with 9 grandchildren. Nothing meant more than to them than having all of the family together. Each Halloween, Alan would beam with pride as he hauled hundreds of pounds of pumpkins home for the annual family pumpkin carving event.
Alan was the owner of Battery Shop of New England in Dracut. After creating a battery department at Brodie in the early seventies, where he began his career, he worked throughout the industry, persevered and went on to become the proud owner of Battery Shop of New England. BSNE today remains one of the most successful industrial battery and charger suppliers in the industry, a true testament to Alan’s reputation as a man to be trusted and respected.
He was an avid golfer who would often times play 9 holes before heading to his office in the morning. He would then end his day by playing another 18 holes with his evening golf league. In his earlier years, he enjoyed fishing. Two of his favorite trips that he talked about were his ten day canoe and fishing trip on the Allagash Waterway and his late night, hi-tide striper fishing off of Plum Island, followed by a 3 am breakfast with the locals.
After the loss of his beloved Linda, the love of his life, Alan continued on despite his own health issues. He remained the great father, grandfather, brother and friend he had always been and made sure his relationships remained strong and unbroken. Despite his faltering health he anxiously awaited Wednesday nights when he would have dinner with his old friends he proudly dubbed “the Romeos” (retired old men eating out.) Each week’s dinner was at a different restaurant but it was his day out with his friends .
Alan is survived by his three sons, Mark and his wife Amy of SC, James (Jimmy) of Wilmington and Paul and his wife Katie of Wilmington as well as his brother Bob and his wife Joanne, his brother in law Eric Dearstyne and his wife Joan. He was predeceased by his brother Eric (Wally), survived by his wife Terry of Plum Island. He also leaves his dear friends, Paul Herman of Lynn and Bill Endicott of Eliot, ME.
He will be especially missed by his nine grandchildren, Nantahala, Tully, Miles, John, Mackenzie, Michael, Alyssa, Madison and Tyler.
Family and friends are invited to gather for visiting hours on Monday, July 1st, from 4:00–8:00 pm in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte 62) Wilmington. Alan’s funeral service will be held at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St. (Rte. 62) Wilmington on Tuesday, July 2nd, at 1:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers donations made to be made in Alan’s memory to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank, 735 Broadway St., Lowell, MA 01854. Alan proudly served in the US Navy.