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"There is a sacredness in tears. They are not a mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief . . . of unspeakable love."
— Washington Irving
A man of few words but profound love, Edward "Ed" Warren passed quietly with his family at his side on March 6, 2013. Ed was 75.
Born December 12, 1937, to Durl Warren and Jessie Matilda Barnes in Iowa City, Ed moved with his family to the Pacific Northwest when he was a toddler, settling on the Olympic Peninsula.
At 16, he began mowing a strip of lawn in the parking lot of Pacific Northwest Bell and washing the company's service vehicles in Port Angeles, securing himself a spot on PNB's payroll.
During his last years of high school, Ed procured a summer job commercial fishing in the Straits, a job he loved, nurturing a deep connection to the outdoors.
After graduating from Port Angeles High School in 1955, Ed returned to PNB, where he eventually worked his way to the position of engineer. He retired from PNB in 1990.
In 1957, Ed married Suzanna Wilder, divorcing in 1971. They had five children: Scott, David, Annette, Mitch and Matt.
Ed and Sherri Moore met at the local Elks Club in 1971, fell in love and married shortly after. They spent 42 happy years together, adding Sherri's three children, Trina, Randy and Darcy, to the increasing fold. The couple nurtured and raised a tight-knit blended family.
Ed and Sherri have been blessed with countless grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his sister, Karen Black of Ocean Shores, Washington; and was preceded in death by his parents and son David from his previous marriage.
An outdoor enthusiast, he was an active member and past president of the Port Angeles Gun Club.
Ed was most comfortable in the field or in his shop working with wood; however, twice daily, he was devoutly committed to coffee at 9 a.m. at Fairmount Restaurant and 3 p.m. at Higher Grounds. Heaven help whoever tried to mess with that schedule!
In his passing, he will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by numerous friends whom he quietly touched.
Cremation services are being provided by Drennan-Ford Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be held at Ocean View Cemetery, 3127 West 18th Street in Port Angeles, on Friday, March 15, at 1 p.m. A celebration of life will be held at the Port Angeles Gun Club on Saturday, March 16, at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations to be made to the Port Angeles Gun Club, 253093 U.S. Highway 101, Port Angeles, WA 98362; or to National Rifle Association organizations.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Mar. 14, 2013