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William E. Tharp

William E. Tharp, part-time Napa, Calif., resident and former Aspen resident, passed away Sept. 18 in Napa. He was 76 years old.

Bill was born Aug. 7, 1929, in Oklahoma.

He moved to Aspen following his service with the U.S. Army in Korea.

He met and married Heather P. Hamilton while in Aspen, where they raised two children.

The Tharps owned and operated the Aspen Copy Service, the Omni Service and The Answer Man business answering service before Bill became a managing partner in the Aspen Ice Garden in 1975.

In 1981, Bill moved to Queenstown, Md., working for the Aspen Institute at the Wye Plantation.

From 1988 to the present, Bill lived in Napa and worked at a series of wineries, including Costello Vineyards, Trefethen, Carneros Creek and Robert Mondavi.

For the last several years, Bill split his time between Napa and the island of Fiji.

Bill is survived by his former wife, Heather, of Silt; son Hamilton (Janet) Tharp, of New Castle; daughter Amanda Stephens, of Glenwood Springs; grandchildren Cameron and Whitney Stephens; and step-grandchildren Brian and Brent Murphy.

There was a celebration of his life in Napa on Sept. 24. A similar celebration in the Roaring Fork Valley is pending.

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