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John Warren

John Thomas "JT" Warren

November 13, 1939 - March 1, 2021
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Obituary

WESTFORD – John T. “JT” Warren passed away on Monday, March 1, 2021 at Lahey Medical Center. Born to the late John Thomas and Grace Nova (Carman) Warren in Rosiclare, IL, JT moved to Massachusetts in 1977 and was a recent resident of Westford.

Raised in southern Illinois, JT had an adventurous spirit and first left home to serve in the US Air Force. JT was outgoing and had a great sense of humor with an overall love for life. He played the guitar and sang. He loved to explore the dusty, gravel roads without knowing where they were leading. He was an avid collector, including all things John Wayne, Hess trucks, and Fender guitars. He was a skilled arborist and landscaper. He also enjoyed carpentry. There were no limits to his many talents and visions.

JT opened several Howard Johnson Restaurants in Illinois and Milwaukee and managed Tops Department Store in Elgin IL. He also worked as grounds maintenance for Santa’s Village Dundee IL. A long career with Davey Tree led JT and his family to relocations that included Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio. In later years, JT owned and operated JT’s Limousine and Airport Shuttle Service in Chelmsford. He was an Artist Manager for local touring bands. He was involved in the community where his activities included serving as Exalted Ruler of the Chelmsford Elks and as a parishioner of St. Rita Parish in Lowell. He also sat on the board of directors for the Miss Massachusetts Scholarship Foundation as well as judged local pageants.

Surviving are his beloved wife of 41 years, Marianne (Evaska) Warren, children; Darlene Caraker (Jim) of Murray KY, Tonna (Charlie) Holtz of Carpentersville IL, John (Patty) Warren of Ingleside IL, and Beth Warren of Elgin IL. Also survived by13 grandchildren, Kaylie, Jennifer, Michelle, Carole, Jeff, Scott, Kayla, Ashley, Kevin, Candi, Joiner, Blaine and Hayden and 20 great grandchildren.

JT is now in the loving arms of those who preceded him in death; his parents and siblings Russel, Ralph, Betty, Alfred and Jerry, loving son Wayne C. Warren and beloved daughter Kimberly S. St. Louis.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday, March 8th, 2021 from 4 to 7 pm at the Blake Chelmsford Funeral Home, 24 Worthen St., Chelmsford. With gathering limitations in place, a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 9th, at 10 o’clock at St. Rita Parish, 158 Mammoth Rd., Lowell.

Interment will follow in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Chelmsford.

For those who desire, memorial donations in JT's memory may be made to the Prostate Cancer Research and Education Fund at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, c/o Philanthropy, 41 Mall Rd., Burlington, MA 01805 or at support.laheyhealth.org/LHMCgive. Donations can also be made to the Mass General Colon Cancer Research Fund at giving.massgeneral.org.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    March 8, 2021 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    March 8, 2021 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Blake Chelmsford Funeral Home
    Address
    24 Worthen Street
    Chelmsford, MA 01824
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  • Mass of Christian Burial

    March 9, 2021 | 10:00am
    When
    March 9, 2021 10:00am
    Location
    St. Rita Parish
    Address
    158 Mammoth Road
    LOWELL, MA 01854
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    Notes
    Gathering limitations will be in place.

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John S Warren

Posted at 05:58pm
Dad's Eulogy that was read in St Rita Parish.
Hello, For those of you who don’t know me, I am JT’s son Scott. I want to thank you all for coming today to honor dad. Weather you traveled a very long distance or came from around the corner to pay your respects I know my dad would have loved to see us all together. Dad had recently planned to make the next family reunion in southern Illinois and to take a train trip to northern IL to see family.
My father was raised in southern Illinois. That’s were ya learn how to swim by your brothers pushing you out of a rowboat into the Ohio River. He always told stories about running through the hills and forest kicking snakes off the trials and hoping not to fall. Pretty terrifying if you ask me!
Dad was raised on a farm way back in the woods and later moved into town. When he was working at a grocery store in Roeselare, he fell out of a pickup truck while riding on the tailgate and hit his head on the road. He was in a coma for a while, but that didn’t seem to slow him down at all.
As a young man he learned how to play guitar and started a band that played in local bars. He saw Marty Robbins play A White Sports Coat and Pink Carnation on TV. He saw Marty wearing that White Sports Coat and said, well I need to get me one of those and maybe I will be a star too. If dad only knew what a bright star he was to many of us.
It was incredible how many jobs dad had worked early on. Yet there was so much more to come. He was up before the sun with a cup of black coffee and ready to roll. While Dad was a volunteer fireman in Pennsylvania. He was up on the roof working on the CB antenna. The siren went off and he reached for his radio and fell off the roof right beside me. I think he would have killed me if he landed on me.
CB Radio’s? Dad was a pro! His handle was “The Screaming Eagle” and “The Hill Topper”. Funny how Dad somehow had a different language when he was on the CB talking with the truck drivers. A bear in the woods? Bear taking pictures? Bear in the Sky? Gotcha covered good buddy? This is the Screaming Eagle, bring it on up? 10-4?
I always enjoyed working with my dad at Davey tree. You know, I think that’s when child labor laws were ignored!
Cold Ice Tea on a hot day never tasted so good. I went out with him one night to spray trees in a graveyard. He said, well son drive slowly, but either way I don’t think you will hurt anyone out here.
At times, we would ask dad; why we can’t do this or can’t do that. Dad would always tell us; “when you can wear my boots you can make the rules around here”. Well, I kept trying on dad’s boots. I figured they would fit me at some point so I could start making the rules! Yeah that would never happen.
Recently I told Dad he has big shoes to fill. He said, son, us Warrens keep improving as time goes on. You are a better man than me. Don’t try to fill my shoes and be your own man.
Dad and Marianne moved back to Massachusetts to start their lives together with their son Wayne. They were together for over 41 years. You could feel the love they had for each other if you were around them. Dad would always tell me about his trips with Jt’s Airport Shuttle and the celebrities he drove to shows. He really grew that business strong with Marianne and Wayne.
(F) It seems that the Warren’s are drivers. Give us some coffee and a steering wheel and get out of our way.
While dad was a manager for local touring bands, he also had visons to open a guitar store that would have a backstage for singers to come in and perform. Dad has told me he needed two more lives to complete all his dreams. Dad and my son Scott have had many great conversations about their visions in the music world. Sometimes, while talking with me Dad would say, so is Scott Jr home? I was getting a little jealous.
Dad loved talking with all his family and friends. He really enjoyed the back-and-forth banter. (F) I am sure no one escaped that in this room! A little insult goes a long way with dad. I am sure we all know that LOL He wanted to learn about you and tell you about his many, many stories. LOL I loved Dads view on family. Where you find love is where you find family. You don’t need to be blood related to be family.
Dad took a lot of pride being involved in the community as Exalted Ruler of the Chelmsford Elks and as a parishioner here in St. Rita Parish. He sat on the board of directors for the Miss Massachusetts Scholarship Foundation as well as judged local pageants. He loved working with the kids and surprising them with gifts while working with Toys for Tots.
Dad and his siblings knew how to have a good time. They also knew how to get into some really heated family arguments. One thing that should be admired about the Warren Tribe (as Dad called it) is that they never parted without a hug, kiss or a smile. They were always there for each other.
I will always remember Dads get up and go strength and I draw from it every day. He always seemed to pull everything through. Yeah, he struggled many times as we all do but he always tried to hide it not to upset anyone. He just wanted everyone be happy. And boy did he love to laugh! In my last conversation with dad, he said. Son, if I lose your sense of humor, I feel I will lose my will to live.
I was getting upset with his condition. He then said, keep a stiff upper lip and be strong for our family. Keep fighting to keep everyone together. I love you son, get some sleep and we will talk with you tomorrow. Till we meet again Dad.
RS

Roger & Jean Sandheinrich

Posted at 06:25pm
Uncle JT...
Summing up my thoughts & memories....

You were always so kind, thoughtful and loving to Edwina & me. As small young girls living in the Baptist Children's Home in Carmi, we were able to visit you & Aunt Joann on Sunday afternoons (you will never know how much this meant to us)

As we came to live with mom & Cliff, we got to see you and your family more often. Loving the moments when all the Warren siblings and their families would visit. Our cousins were "awesome" then and still are. As life goes on, we are blessed with new family members but we also start to lose family members. It doesn't matter the age of the person lost, it is a heartbreak not matter what...
Roger and I loved our visits to Boston to spend time with you & Marianne. We both are so happy we got to talk with you recently. We laughed, we cried, and said our "good-byes". I never really liked the word good-bye.... it always felt so final to me. I know you are in heaven and are loving being able to see the family members who passed before you while you were sad to leave this world and your loved ones behind. We have a lot of Warren Angels watching over us and with the world as crazy as it is now, we need them all. Say hi to mom for me....

You are loved and will be missed on this earth....
so with that I will say... If the good Lord is willing, we will see you again.
Roger & Jean
 
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Marianne Warren Posted at 01:12pm

You were the love of my life, you gave me strength when I needed it, you gave me encouragement and at my weakest moments you held me until I could stand on my own. We were lovers, best friends but most of all we both knew we were soul mates. I'm so glad we talked about that so often and shared those thoughts. We had our struggles and losses but our happiness, love and fun times helped heal those wounds and we healed together. As with all that we did, we did together. So rest my darling. May Jesus and His angels bless you with their peace that you so righteously deserve. I saw you getting tired and I knew I had to let you go. So please keep those strong arms open for me, until we are together again, you have my eternal love, pumpkin.
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