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John E. Warner 1934 - 2010 BENNINGTON, VT John Edward Warner, the eldest son of Dorothy M. Davis and Edward M. Warner, died apparently of natural causes on Wednesday, Dec. 8. Mr. Warner, 76, who never married, was a lifelong resident of Bennington. He retired 11 years ago from National Hanger Co. in North Bennington where he had worked in production for many years. He attended Bennington High School. His cousin, Bruce Warner, a former resident of Bennington who now lives in West Palm Beach, Fla., recalled his first cousin as "one of those quiet people who never bothered anyone, and during the times I was lucky enough to spend time with John, I never heard him utter a single negative thing about anyone. John was truly one of those rare individuals about whom any one of us that knew him could say, "If the rest of humanity was like John Warner, this would be a much better world in which to live." Mr. Warner lived a simple life. He was an avid newspaper reader and boxing aficionado. He loved to discuss recent news events, but his greatest interest was the sport of boxing and the great stars of that sport. He loved Sugar Ray Robinson, Joe Lewis, Ali, Pacquiao, Willie Pep and many others. Mr. Warner lived in a world which most or perhaps all of us cannot fully understand. He most likely had Asperger's Syndrome which is in the autistic spectrum. He sometimes struggled with the little things in life that the rest of us take for granted, like using a television remote control or opening a can of tuna. But along with his challenges, he was blessed with a rare mental ability, "savantism," and his specialty was calendar dates. "If someone were to give Johnny a specific date of any year, he could tell you in an instant which day of the week that date would fall on. He was never wrong," recalled Mr. Bruce Warner. Along with this very rare calendar gift, Mr. Warner had a tremendously prodigious memory for dates, particularly birthdays. If told a birth date, he would tell the person what day they were born on and he would remember that birthday. He also knew the birthdays of almost every celebrity or famous person that one could think of. "It was great fun for me to introduce John to my friends, many of whom were visiting foreigners, and watching how amazed they all were when Johnny rattled off one birthday after another," Mr. Warner's cousin recounted. "One of our running family jokes was that we would all chip in to buy John a new calendar for Christmas. Throughout his life, I doubt he ever owned or used one. There wasn't one family member among all of us, including aunts, uncles, kids, kids of kids and cousins, whose birthday John didn't know. Not one." Mr. Warner was also a veritable encyclopedia of boxing knowledge. He could tell you the most obscure statistic on almost any fighter in history--birth dates, the gates of fights, places, rounds fought, their win/loss/draw records. Predeceased by his parents and sister, Nancy Warner Folino, Mr. Warner is survived by his sister, Carol Ann Warner Doran of Port Saint Lucie, Fla., and his brother, William D. Warner of Melrose, Mass.; his paternal aunt, Marion Warner Heekin; cousins, Michael Powers and Frances Hicks, both of Bennington, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services will be held today, Dec. 13, at the MAHAR AND SON FUNERAL HOME at 628 Main Street in Bennington at 12 p.m. Burial will follow at the Park Lawn Cemetery, also in Bennington. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral. Memorial donations may be made online to SmallCanBeBig.org (a nonprofit that helps families in need avert homelessness) or to the Second Chance Animal Shelter in care of Mahar and Son Funeral Home at 628 Main Street, Bennington, Vt., 05201.

Published in Bennington Banner from Dec. 10 to Dec. 13, 2010
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