Warren R. Worcester, 96, died peacefully at his home on April 18, 2022. He was born May 16, 1925, in Columbia, the son of Helen Wass Worcester and Orman Charles Worcester.
Warren moved to Southwest Harbor at age 4. He graduated from Pemetic High School in 1943. That summer he joined the U.S. Army and served as a radio operator in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. After contracting malaria, he spent several months in hospitals in New Guinea and the Philippines. While there, he felt privileged to have seen Gen. Douglas MacArthur.
Returning home in 1946, he worked for Lawler Paint and H.R. Hinckley Companies until he was hired by the U.S. Postal Service. He soon married his beautiful classmate, Dorothy Robinson. After losing an infant daughter, Warren and Dottie welcomed a son, Duane, into their family. They bought a home on Main Street and lived there for the remainder of their lives. Warren worked for the Postal Service in Southwest Harbor for 37 years, retiring in 1983 after eight years as postmaster. They loved to travel and enjoyed trips throughout the U.S. and Europe. They celebrated nearly 70 years of marriage before she passed in February 2017. Recently, when Warren was asked to talk about the best day of his life, he quickly and emphatically responded, “the day I married my wife!”
Always involved in his community, he joined the SWH/Tremont Masonic Lodge No. 77 and the American Legion, where he was Master of both. He served for 72 years at the Masonic Lodge and was the oldest living member. He was a Cub Scout leader, president of the Congregational Church Men’s Group and a trustee of the Southwest Harbor Public Library and Southwest Harbor School District. He served on the Accounts Receivable Committee at MDI Hospital. He also volunteered for the Southwest Harbor/Tremont Ambulance Service.
Warren is survived by his son, Duane; a sister, Edith Radcliffe; several nieces and nephews, including Shirley Dyer, Brian Worcester, Carol MacRae and Scott Worcester and their families, Steven and Michael Radcliffe and their families, Vanessa Allen, Larry Mitchell, Rick Ruth, Patti Ruth and their families; a cousin, Virginia McNear, and her family as well as numerous extended family members.
Warren was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Dorothy; an infant daughter; sister, Marion and her husband, Larry Ruth; brother, Donald Worcester and his wife, Mary; and Dorothy’s parents and sisters and several extended family members.
The family would like to extend sincere appreciation to those who provided compassionate, loving care to Warren in recent years: Meredith Brewer, Cahoon caregivers, Beacon Hospice staff, Dr. Tanya Hanke and P.T. John Craigo. You brought him great joy and comfort. And thanks to his neighbors, the Musson family, for the love, snow shoveling, and especially the pies!
A graveside service will be held 1 p.m., May 16, 2022, Mount Height Cemetery, Southwest Harbor. For those who wish, gifts may be made in Warren’s memory to Southwest Harbor/Tremont Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 437, Southwest Harbor or Southwest Harbor Public Library, P.O. Box 157, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679.
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