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H. Clay Warnick IV

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H. Clay Warnick IV


H. Clay Warnick IV died at home in Wall Township on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. Clay was born in Orange on Oct. 25, 1940. As a young boy, Clay was active in sailing at Lavellette Yacht Club. He was a talented musician and played trumpet first chair in the New Jersey Youth Symphony. He graduated from West Orange High School in 1958. He was a communicant of St. Denis Church, Manasquan.

Clay continued his education at Colgate University where he concentrated in Economics and graduated with a B.A. in 1962. He was a member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity. Upon graduation, he began his 30 year career with General Motors Corporation, Linden. Most of his professional career was spent in Labor Relations. He also worked in Personnel Administration and Purchasing. During his time at General Motors, Clay was involved with Junior Achievement and Adult Education of Union County. He retired from G.M. in l992. Subsequently, Clay became one of the owners and founders of MAD.HOUSE INC., a small Madison Ave. film house in N.Y.C. Clay retired from MAD.HOUSE in 1996. He continued his professional career as a real estate agent with Weichert, Spring Lake.

Clay was predeceased by his mother and father, Phyllis and Buck Warnick of West Orange; two sisters, Laurel Joiner and Lynn Clarke; and one grandson, Brian Warnick. He is survived by his loving wife, Susan Farrell Warnick of 52 years; two sons and daughters-in-law, Wm. Clay and Maria Warnick of Ardmore, Pa., and John and Tami Warnick of Wall Township; two daughters and sons-in-law, Laurel and Peter Degnan of Brielle, and Elizabeth and Gary Cole of Wall Township; a brother, Craig Warnick of Boonton Township. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, Mimi, Michael, and Anthony Warnick, Kalee and Kyle Warnick, Kelli, Peter, Kate, and Bridget Degnan, and Patrick and Meghan Cole, and many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and nephews.

Clay enjoyed tennis, golf, fishing, and boating and most of all being with his family and grandchildren and many close friends.

Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 at Orender Family Home for Funerals, 2643 Old Bridge Road, Manasquan. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8 at St. Denis Church, 90 Union Ave., Manasquan. Cremation will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Central Jersey Chapter, 740 Broad St., Shrewsbury, NJ 07702. To send condolences to the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit

Published in Asbury Park Press on Feb. 6, 2013
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