H.E. "Ham" Fears
Passed February 13, 2005
Ham was a native San Diegan born July 27, 1917. He was predeceased by his wife Betty, in 1983. He left 6 children, 11 grandchildren and numerous (meaning too many to keep track of) great grandchildren.
He joined the PSA family in February, 1951, relocating with his family to Oakland to take charge of maintenance. When Oakland was phased out, he moved to San Bruno and headed the maintenance department for San Francisco until 1959.
Ham returned to San Diego and filled many positions, including mechanic and foreman until his retirement in 1975. Among his responsibilities were the design, fabrication and purchase of all tooling and equipment for Boeing 727 and Boeing 737 aircraft. He spent many months in Seattle learning these aircraft from the inside out.
During the introduction of the Lockheed L-1011 aircraft into passenger service he served as tooling and equipment coordinator. Here again he went to “school” at Lockheed to learn it all.
After his retirement, Ham volunteered at the San Diego Aerospace Museum, where he worked on the replica of the Spirit of St Louis, and other projects.
Ham enjoyed getting together with some of the other “Old-timers” and sharing memories of the good old days. He will be missed by many friends and family.