Fairfield, Maine - Phillip Eugene Ware, 79, died peacefully at Maine General Medical Center in Augusta, Maine on Tuesday, December 23, 2014, in the arms of his loving wife and surrounded by his loving family, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Phil was born at home in Fairfield, Maine on July 18, 1935, to Gladys (Smith) and Otten Ware and lived in the same neighborhood his entire life. He graduated from Lawrence High School in 1952, and maintained friendships with his classmates throughout the years. Phil was employed at Maine Central Railroad for several years upon graduation, before going to work for Keyes Fibre Company in Fairfield/Waterville, Maine now Huhtamaki, Inc., retiring after 39 years of employment as the mill’s Chief Fire Inspector. He retired in 1998, to lovingly care for his first wife until she passed away. He proudly served on the Fairfield Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter starting in 1958, was the Clerk from 1967 – 1978, the Second Assistant Chief from 1975 - 1978 and Fire Chief from October 1978 to December 1980. He was a member of Siloam Lodge #92, serving many years as their treasurer. Fairfield United Methodist Church was his church home and he served it in many capacities including as treasurer for many years. In his younger years he coached PAL teams, and was a Boy Scout leader. For several years he was able to help at the Fairfield Interfaith Food Pantry. Phil was an amazing person. He loved his family, his church, and his community. Many of the things he did were done behind the scenes so that others would not know who was responsible. He had a knack for bringing a smile to any child he came into contact with through his ability to be silly. He was a diehard Red Sox fan and waited each spring for the season to begin. Phil was predeceased by his parents, Gladys and Otten; his first wife of 38 years, Joan Ware; a brother, Brian Ware of South San Francisco, CA. ; his mother and father in-law, Laura and Ralph Trask; and a brother in-law, Donald “Red” Rollins. He is survived by his second wife, Lynn of Fairfield, Maine; his son, Randy Ware and his wife, Christine of Augusta, Maine; his stepchildren, Karl Foss and his wife, Amy of Waterville, Maine, and Elaine Fitzpatrick and her husband, David of Brewer, Maine; his granddaughter, Sierra Ware of Augusta, Maine; and his step granddaughters, Ashley Mason of Winthrop, Maine, and Amanda Mason of Charlotte, NC. He is also survived by his sister, Carol (Ware) Harris of East Millinocket, Maine; his brother, Roger Ware and his wife, Louise of East Millinocket, Maine; and his sisters-in-law, Joanne Ware of South San Francisco, CA., and Sharon Russell and her husband, Ken Brucker of San Marcos, CA. He also leaves behind his great-grandson, Vincent Ulrich of Augusta, Maine; his brother and sister-in-law, Burchill and Virginia Morrill of Farmington, Maine; his sister-in-law, Dorothy Rollins of Augusta, Maine; many nieces and nephews; and many special friends. The family would like to give a special thank you to Alice MacDonald and Rosie Feihel for all the care and love they gave Phil in the past year and a half so that he was able to stay at home and remain active. They would like to also thank those at Maine General Medical Center in the CCU that gave so much of themselves to Phil during his last week of life. Visiting hours will take place at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main Street, in Fairfield, Maine on Sunday, December 28 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Fairfield United Methodist Church, 37 Skowhegan Road, in Fairfield, Maine on Monday, December 29 at 1 p.m. Burial will take place in the spring at Maplewood Cemetery in Fairfield, Maine. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Fairfield United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 313, Fairfield, ME 04937 or the Alzheimer’s Association Maine Chapter, 383 US Route One, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074 (www.alz.org/maine).