I am a volunteer with the San Diego Veterans Museum and Memorial Center. I edit video recordings and transcripts that are in the museum's library. I am currently editing a 3/22/06, 90 minute videotape of Captain Cormier in which he discusses his military and personal experiences. If you wish to have a copy of the DVD (and a transcribed copy, after it's prepared), please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to mail it.
I would also like to offer my condolences to his family and all who loved him. I have a great respect for the men and women who, unquestionably, served their country so that I (and millions of others) could enjoy their freedom.
Captain Cormier had legions of friends, yet, to each he was a personal friend and confidant. Understandably, he was duly appointed an Honorary Admiral. I feel it was a great honor to have been one of his close friends. To me, he was a model and a mentor of so many virtuous attributes. No doubt in our minds that his crown will have many precious jewels.
Dear Mrs. Cormier and Family,
Today I read of the Captain's passing and my heart is heavy. I pray that the sorrow of that day is very short lived, and the joy of all his days with you lives so much longer.
He knew just how important he was in the lives of so many of us. You see, to so many of us as teens he was "Mr. Cormier," a school administrator. I was one of them. I too was a drop out----Hoover class of "64. I was in the Army when I completed my GED during the Viet Nam War. Then, I went on to graduated from San Diego State College, and thereafter to earn a graduate degree in Human Behavior at USIU.
When I last spoke with him I told him, "You were right about so much of life, and I finally put to good use those things you told me." He reminded me of the things we had in common, and it was so good. He is still special to me.
He was always so active and engaging with us in school and away from it. He has made a good difference in the lives of so many.
Captain, may your sails always be full, and the wind be at your back.
Rest In Peace.
Bob De Santo
Tellico Plains, TN
My most sincere condolences to Jo and family. When the Captain and I meet again, he and I will surely discuss the"baby hen" I got from your daughter which turned out to be a "rooster"! Jess Drummer, Captain, USNR (Ret.), Embreeville, TN.
Dr. Cormier believed in me and helped me to believe in myself - as a continuation high school student in 1981. Such educators are a rare treasure in the arena of "troubled youth" and the support and encouragement of such an admirable man meant the world to me then - and still resounds today.
May you embrace God's comfort and peace as you celebrate this wonderful life.
Patricia McDonald Cutting
Jo and family, Our thought, and prayers
are with you. John and Joan Cave
May God bless each of you on your loss of your husband and father, Captain Warren Cormier! Fair winds and following seas to you, Warren. And thank you for your sacrifices and that of your families in the service of your country in the name of freedom! May God hold your firmly in the palm of His hand! God Bless! Judy and Tim LaFleur
We will remember Warren for always being lively, in good spirits, warm and sociable to everyone. May you find peace, strength, and comfort during this time. Everlasting be his memory.
Dear Josie and Family,
Wish we could be there in person to give you hugs of support. Please know our love and prayers are with you.
Tom and Debbie Burke
Dear Cormier family, keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Dana Lopez Latham
Dear Jo, Greg and family. God rest Warren's soul and give you strength. Fr John Pilafas, Chicago IL, The Iris Jane Pilafas family of Atlanta GA
I had the pleasure of knowing Captain Warren Cormier for about 50 years. I knew him first as the friend of my parents through his lovely wife Josie. But in later years, we transitioned into a personal friendship, working on political campaigns and attending Navy League together.
He was indeed a unique individual. He had at least three divergent and sometimes concurrent career paths during those 50 years. He was a senior naval officer, a senior immigration officer, and an educator, often with troubled youth.
Highly educated, he was still a man's man. Perhaps born a century too late, he was an old-fashioned blue water sailor who could have led the charge in the days when U. S. Navy sailing vessels boarded the opposition at war with cutlass and saber.
As a naval officer, he could use educated diplomacy, and on the other hand, was a go-to guy when the chips were down. As Dr. Cormier he was a Rickover-type intellectual. As Captain Cormier, in battle, he would be the hell-bent for leather Halsey-style leader.
He was the realest of real men, always the protector of his family, his country, and his friends.