Edward Ivan Warren, 60 of Nashua, NH, formerly of Maynard, MA, Allen TX and Detroit, MI, died unexpectedly, at his home, June 13, 2018. He was born in Detroit, MI July 23, 1957, the son of Marilyn Ruth (Cohn) Warren and George A. Warren.
Ed is survived by his sister, Martha J Warren (Peter Clark) and nephew David J Clark, of Boxborough, MA, beloved cousins Stephen P Ziff (Margie) of Franklin, MI, Lana Stein of St. Louis, MO, Robert M. Cohn (Marcia Caissey) of Acton, MA, Laura S Ziff of Scottsdale, AZ, Debra Cohn of CT, Joy Chertow (Katharine Cox) of Newton, MA and David Cohn of Seattle, WA; younger and older generation cousins, beloved friends from childhood, college and work, as well as a large group of newly made friends from his recent years living in New Hampshire. He was predeceased by his parents and his nephew, Michael N Clark.
Ed was a graduate of Cass Technical High School in Detroit, MI, and received his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University. Although he studied Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management, as it was called then, and worked in the food services industry for about 10 years, it was his love of computers that led him into the Information Technology work that became the most important part of his working career. Beginning as a trainer with T.G.I. Fridays, he moved from food service to IT for Fridays in Dallas, finding that his kindness, intellect, patience and sense of humor made him well suited for support desk work.
He loved animals, especially dogs, and volunteered at animal shelters in Texas, which led to him finding his extraordinary dog, Woody, whom he rescued. The family was never sure if Ed rescued Woody, or Woody rescued Ed. They were inseparable. In 2005, when Ed moved from Texas to Massachusetts, Woody became the good will ambassador of the neighborhood, and Ed took great pride in how well-behaved he was with children.
Starting at MSU, Ed became involved in radio broadcasting, and continued at a public radio station in the Detroit area. His knowledge of rock and indy music was encyclopedic and he loved to introduce his favorite bands to everyone, including his nephews. As a teen his first albums were Jethro Tull, Emerson Lake and Palmer and Alice Cooper. He loved comedy, too – George Carlin, Richard Pryor and Cheech and Chong were among his early favorites.
Ed loved reading science fiction, playing pinball and bowling – the last two of which he did with a loving and warm community of friends in New Hampshire. He loved visiting the Cape for yard sales and Bear Week in Provincetown, and was a great cook and wonderful visual artist. He enjoyed photographing his family and friends, although he hated being captured in a photo himself.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Michael N Clark '15 Memorial Scholarship at Ithaca College (Ithaca College; Attn: Gift Processing; 953 Danby Road; Ithaca, NY 14850-7000), or to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) https://www2.jdrf.org/ would be gratefully accepted.
Shiva will be observed in Boxborough, MA at the home of his sister, Martha Warren, Wednesday, June 20, from 7-10pm and on Thursday, June 21, from 2-5pm and 7-10pm.