Richard Warrender

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Richard Warrender, 84, died Feb. 5, 2014.

Born Feb. 20, 1929, in Syracuse, N.Y., he was the son of James and Edith Warrender.

He was a 1948 graduate of Solvay High School, and then attended Muskingum University in Ohio.

He was a member of Robison Memorial United Church, Westvale, and then First Presbyterian Church of Marcellus in New York.

He also served as a village trustee for Marcellus.

He was a jazz musician who played stand-up bass in the Syracuse area for decades. In his younger days, he was a golfer and enjoyed doing the jitterbug. He also enjoyed animals.

He worked primarily as a buyer and salesman in the wholesale food and convenience-store industries. Starting as a salesman for Purina, he worked for Dewitt Wholesale Foods, Pickwick and others. Together with friends and colleagues, he founded the New York Association of Convenience Stores in 1986; he was president emeritus.

Life-long spinal issues resulted in his using a wheelchair. He was appointed by former Governor George Pataki as an advocate for people with disabilities for New York state in 1995, a position he held for 10 years. He retired to Vermont, and more recently, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Survivors include two sons, Kevin Warrender and Scott Warrender, both of Pompano Beach, Fla.; two daughters, Edith Warrender of Pownal, and Tracy Marlatt of Winchester, Va.; four grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Joan Warrender; and a sister, Margaret Warrender Stilwell.

There will be a memorial service at 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 16, 2014, the First Presbyterian Church, 1 East Main St., Marcellus, N.Y., followed by a jazz reception in the church Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Marcellus Senior High School music program (to be used for their jazz program), or VNA & Hospice of SVHC. Checks should be sent to Mahar & Sons Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Rutland Herald on Feb. 12, 2014
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