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Remembering William "Bill" Ware

An active Mountain View community member, Ware made his point heard at meetings around town.

I remember the first time I met William Ware.

It was at a talk about transportation in Mountain View at the . Then I saw him at the community meeting. Then I saw him at . Then I saw him ...

Sounds like that's what's going to be remembered most about him. He was everywhere! He participated in his community and took advantage of the things the city had to offer.

Here's one MV Resident comment we received yesterday:

I have been catching the bus at this very stop for twenty-one years and I have known Bill for about the same amount of time. I did not know him well, he would just talk to whoever was around. The last time I saw him he was with his wife on the 35 bus coming from San Antonio Mall. I live right near this intersection and was very happy to hear that they were updating the signals. I have heard and seen so many accidents on this corner. I have come close to being hit myself on many occasions. RIP Bill. 

Did you know William Ware? How will you remember him?

Shan June 22, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Bill was known affectionately by myself and other staff at the El Camino Peet's as "Blue". He always had something interesting to share with us, whether it be his commentary on the day or a fun story. He always made us smile and laugh. I haven't seen him in over a year, but will never forget him.
Daisy June 23, 2012 at 12:08 AM
I am Bill's sister-in-law. Thank you for your kind words about Bill. My sister is devastated, and her life is forever changed. Our hearts are broken. Please pray for our family.
richard gould June 23, 2012 at 12:58 AM
If this is the same William that I'm thinking of - that had a loud voice, lived in an apt. with his wife near the accident scene, and always rode the VTA buses - then I'm shocked and saddened. I am one of the VTA bus drivers who saw him quite frenquently over the last 15 years. In fact, we just waved to each other on Showers Dr. last week. I'll miss him and our conversations on the bus and in Walmart. I hope I can find his wife to give my condolences.
Nancy S June 23, 2012 at 01:18 AM
My husband and I met Bill riding the bus when we didn't have a car. He always said Hello and waved at us if he saw us from afar. He might have had a loud voice but he was always nice and very friendly, so sad to hear that he is gone. My thoughts and prayers go to his family and wife, Barbara.
Shan June 23, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Daisy, is there any sort of fubd set up for the family? Please let me know if there is anything his Peet's friends can do.
Shan June 23, 2012 at 01:52 AM
sorry, i mean fund
Claudia Cruz (Editor) June 23, 2012 at 09:34 AM
I'm really sorry about your lose. He was a kind man. Today, right before i stopped and took the picture above, a woman was praying for him. I think he touched a whole neighborhood.
Claudia Cruz (Editor) June 23, 2012 at 09:35 AM
I am not Daisy (*smile*) but I will alert you to anything I learn about Shan.
Kathy Barquilla June 23, 2012 at 01:44 PM
I lived in the complex with Bill for years. A man that was kind to all. As soon as I read the article I knew it was him. Devasted at such a loss of a good person.
Daisy June 24, 2012 at 05:38 AM
Thank you, Claudia. We are touched by everyone's kindness. We appreciate the prayers, kind words, flowers, etc. We visited the bus stop today and admired all the little gifts left on the bench. It helps my sister, Barbara, and all of us, to know that we are not alone in our grief.
Daisy June 24, 2012 at 05:48 AM
Thank you, Shan. We are working on setting up a fund for my sister, Barbara, as Bill did not have life insurance. Once we have the information, I will post it here.
Daisy June 24, 2012 at 06:03 AM
I am Bill's sister-in-law. Bill's Memorial Service will be held at Spangler Mortuaries, 799 Castro St., Mountain View, on Thursday, June 28, at 6:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
Claudia Cruz (Editor) June 24, 2012 at 06:15 AM
Thank you Daisy for posting the funeral service information! I will share!
Claudia Cruz (Editor) June 24, 2012 at 06:27 AM
I stopped by the bench today and took another photo, which I added above. The memorial has indeed grown. I loved the heart and wish I could have seen it lit! I'm glad that this can help your family in your grief. (Also, sorry for the spelling error below; I meant to write "loss.")
Todd June 25, 2012 at 05:53 AM
I often saw Bill when I was riding the bus or walking near the library in downtown Mountain View. Bill always made it a point to say hello to me. I will really miss his voice and presence.
Celia Marty June 25, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Wow such kind words for Billy, he truly was a kind and gentel man, He will be greatly missed. Thanks everyone for your prayers for Barbara and all of Billy family, they really need them.
Denise June 25, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Bill was a great person to have in our community. Years ago my mother lost her purse and he found it. He went through the trouble of going around the block to find the owner, you dont see that very often. That is how my family met him and whenever he bumped into us he would always say hello. May he RIP
Anna June 25, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Bill was such a friendly man. I would often see him on the #35 bus, and he was always there to help whenever an elder needed help on/off the bus or needed help carrying things, and his presence and actions really had an impact on everyone's temperament. Bill will be missed.
Daisy June 25, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Wow, so many kind words for my brother-in-law. It's nice to hear about the little acts of kindness he would perform on a daily basis. That was Bill.
SL June 26, 2012 at 02:03 AM
So sad to read about this horribly tragic event caused by one driver that was driving 70-80mph on a 35mph street!! On another site, one person related how they registered a complaint about an Audi driver who has been driving recklessly for almost two years! Ugh! Does this mean this might have been prevented if this jackass driver had been arrested? And why hasn't he been arrested on the scene?!? I know nothing can bring this wonderful member of our community back, but this person really needs to be brought to justice. And if this person has an extensive pattern of driving recklessly, this is beyond mind boggling. California Ave is NOT a freeway!!!
enrique gonzalez June 26, 2012 at 07:38 AM
I did not know Mr Ware personally, but my girlfriend rode on the bus for years and knew who he was. She said he always carried a blue bag and often wore green pants. God help this man, and we hope he finds his way into Gods grace. Ayudalo mi Dios.
Art Thomas June 27, 2012 at 04:51 AM
I worked at the Library as a police assistant. I knew William very well. He would come to see me everyday I worked. He would remember my birthday, as well as my wife's and my dog Libby who he always wanted to meet. William did not have a library voice but he would try and remember not to be too loud. He loved police and fire personnel and would ask what every little thing was that we wore on our uniforms. He showed such interest that I gave him one of my old shoulder patches, along with a motor patch, the wheel and wing from the department I retired from. It made his day. If you saw the movie "The Green Mile" William was our John Coffee in the way he showed us how to enjoy the good and simple things in life and then he was taken by our failings.
Claudia Cruz (Editor) June 27, 2012 at 06:28 AM
SL, I will ask about the charges. However, there is a difference between an accident and a criminal incident. If the police do not believe there was anything criminal i.e., if there was no probable cause, they cannot arrest. But I will follow-up with the investigation.
Claudia Cruz (Editor) June 27, 2012 at 06:29 AM
Thanks for sharing Art! His family is continuously checking this site and I'm sure they will appreciate your words!
Daisy June 27, 2012 at 07:02 AM
That's right, Art, thanks for sharing that. Very much appreciated.
emmy jimenez June 27, 2012 at 07:45 PM
I live close by and heard about the sad news. My condolence to the family. my opinion is the city should install the camera that if you run a red light your picture will be taken. that why there will not be so many accident in the intersection. and too we should remember there are kids crossing as well. Please consider these cameras.
HeatherS July 09, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Hi Daisy, I'm so sorry for your loss. I didn't know Bill, but remember him from community meetings. I wasn't able to attend the memorial service, but do you have any info on a fund I could donate to in memory of him? Thanks, Heather
Daisy July 09, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Heather, thank you so much for your message and your thoughtfulness. You may make a donation in honor of Bill to Sacred Heart Community Service where Bill faithfully volunteered every Monday. They are a wonderful organization. I have provided a link for your convenience. http://www.sacredheartcs.org/donate/online And to those that have asked about donating to Bill's wife Barbara, to help with expenses, you may email me directly for information. daisy.97@att.net Thanks to all!
Joe Monanago July 15, 2012 at 05:22 AM
I didn't know Bill, or anyone in his family. I walk to work quite often and one day saw the memorial at the bus stop and the torn trees and grass. I knew something very bad had happened. It is heartbreaking to know the story behind what I saw in the aftermath and all I can do is pray for his wife and family that they will have better days than they are having now. God bless you and good luck.

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