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Douglas Warriner

AGE: 67 • Odessa

Douglas Warriner, 67 of Odessa, DE, passed away from complications related to lung cancer at home on July 26, 2017.

Born on July 22, 1950 in Wilmington, DE, one of six children of the late Watson and Ann Warriner. Growing up, he was a self-proclaimed "happy child" with many siblings and cousins surrounding him. His stories were numerous and always funny. As an adult, he was involved in many vocations including food service in Wilmington, DE and Georgetown, MD. His two passions were always politics and music. Possessing an encyclopedic knowledge of every band, lead singer and musician from the 60's to present and knowledge of every political event and major political figure spanning the same period of time.

A life changing event happened in 1990 when passing by an empty firehouse, he stated to his now spouse, Paul Thien, "This would make a good group shop. From that moment on it was off to the races. He designed and acted as general contractor for Firehouse Antique Center which has evolved into one of the finest group shops on the eastern seaboard.

Along with the antiques business, comes shows, and Douglas first participated in a show in New York on the famous Pier 92, and he was instantly hooked. For 25 years Douglas has befriended countless people in the Antique world, from Maine to Nashville to Chicago. His circle of friends was as varied as the business, from Show Promoters, celebrities, porters, fireman, union reps and always the dealers. He often referred to the show circuit as Vaudeville, which is a fitting comparison.

His greatest passion was designing booths and the shop windows. He loved working with the objects, creating startling compositions from disparate objects. He said to his husband, "You worry about dovetails, I'll take care of the display." Throughout this journey battling cancer, his family has always been there, always supportive, making this difficult time memorable. And the great support from friends and neighbors in Prime Hook Beach, Galena and Odessa was a great comfort to him.

He is survived by his husband, Paul Thien: brothers, Watson Warriner, Jr and Sheppard Warriner; sisters Jane Obara and Betsy Dean; thirteen nieces and nephews and five great nieces and nephews.

There is a vast, empty, quiet space left in this world with his passing.

Services will be held privately.

Arrangements by Galena Funeral Home of Stephen L. Schaech
Published in The News Journal on Aug. 8, 2017
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