ORONO – Bob Warren, 85, died Dec. 22, 2012, at home as a result of metastatic prostate cancer. He was born June 15, 1927, in Saranac Lake, N.Y., the son of Clarence and Agnes (Moore) Warren.
Bob grew up with his cousins, the Sloan family, in southern Indiana. In 1940, he moved with the family to the Chicago area where he finished high school. In 1945 he was drafted and served in the U.S. Army for 16 months. With the benefit of the GI Bill, he graduated from Bradley University in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. Lured to New York City by McGraw-Hill Publishing Co. to work on their new magazine Chemical Week, Bob would remain in the city for his entire career in journalism and publicity work. In 1955, Bob met his wife, Jean Margaret Scott, and they married in 1956. For several years they lived in Brooklyn, N.Y., but as the family expanded they moved north of the city, first to White Plains, N.Y., then to Norwalk, Conn., where they lived for 35 years and raised their four children. Bob retired at age 70 as managing editor of Chemical Business. His lifelong love of flying led to piloting small planes, and viewing the world from planes, balloons and gliders. After Jean died in 1999, he lived in Attleboro, Mass., for 10 years where he was an active member at the local YMCA and helped his son with his family brewing business. He made a final move to Orono this past summer to live with his daughter and her family, where he enjoyed his last few months buoyed by new friends and the fall colors outside his windows. Throughout his retirement he continued to travel extensively, maintaining close ties with family and friends. An eloquent speaker with a unique sense of humor, well read and interested in the world, good friend, and fan and supporter of his family, Bob will be missed by many.
Bob is survived by his children and grandchildren, Scott, Meg, Lura and Ricky Warren of Boxford, Mass., Matt and Marie Warren of Rumford, R.I., Craig, Yvonne and Amanda Warren of Honolulu, and Meg, Kenny, Kate, Alex and Anna Fergusson of Orono. He is also survived by his sister, Carol and her husband, Andy Alemany, of Sanford, N.C.; his brother/cousin, John and his wife, Nadine Sloan, of Cary, N.C.; and many loved nieces and nephews.
A gathering of family and friends will take place in June, in New York City for a final champagne toast in his honor. A service of the Orono Chapel of Brookings-Smith. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.