William E. Tharp
September 27, 2005
William E. Tharp died Sept. 18, 2005, in Napa, Calif. He was 76 years old.Born in Oklahoma on Aug. 7, 1929, Bill moved to Aspen after 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., while working for the Aspen Institute at the Wye Plantation.Since 1988, Bill had lived in Napa, Calif., and worked at a series of wineries including Costello Vineyards, Trefethen, Carneros Creek and Robert Mondavi. For the past several years he split his time between Napa and the island nation of Fiji.Bill is survived by his former wife, Heather, of Silt, children Hamilton (Janet) of New Castle and Amanda Stephens of Glenwood Springs, grandchildren Cameron and Whitney Stephens, and step-grandchildren Brian and Brent Murphy.A celebration of his life took place in Napa on Sept. 24. A similar celebration in the Roaring Fork Valley is pending.