Warren G Wisner

Born: Fri., Dec. 19, 1930
Died: Sun., Jan. 7, 2018

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Calling hours for Warren G. Wisner, 87, 1106 North Umberland Street, will be Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 10:00-Noon at IslandView Funeral Services, 300 Main Street. Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery in Carthage in the spring at the convenience of the family.

A reception will follow the calling hours at the Morristown Fire Station under the Direction of the Auxiliary of the Morristown Fire Department.

Mr. Wisner died early Sunday morning, January 7 at his home under the care of Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley and his family.

Warren is survived by his wife, Shirley; one son, Gene, Spencerport; one daughter-in-law: Priscilla Paciocco, Richmond, VA ;two grandchildren: Meagan Wisner, Richmond, VA, Aaron Wisner, San Diego, CA; one great grandson Charlie, Richmond, VA; one brother and sister-in-law: Theodore “Ted” Wisner and his wife Ellen, Canton and nieces and nephews and his loyal companion, Oscar, at home.

Predeceasing Mr. Wisner is a daughter Kimberly who died on December 3, 1971.

Born on December 19, 1930 in Watertown, NY, he was a son of Theodore Eugene and Mildred Smith Wisner.

Mr. Wisner graduated from West Carthage High School in 1949 and then attended Ithaca College. He graduated from SUNY Oswego in the late 1950’s and earned his Master’s in Counseling from St. Lawrence University in 1964.

Warren served in the US Army from January 16, 1951 until he was honorably discharged on December 15, 1953 after being stationed in Germany, where he played in the US Army band.

On January 29, 1955, he married Shirley Alberta Winters in the Methodist Church in Carthage.  

Mr. Wisner served as Guidance Director at Canton Central School for 30 years, retiring in 1985.

In 1989, after Mrs. Wisner retired, the couple moved to Morristown to be on and near the St. Lawrence River. They first built a place in Taylor Bay near Point Comfort and later built a home on North Umberland Street.

While Warren was interested in woodworking, skiing and boating, music was his favorite hobby and interest in which he was very dedicated. He played for local bands including The Star Dusters, The North Country Preservation Band, The Frank Sacci Band, St. John’s Band, The Jack Kelly Band and finally, The Little River Trio, a group of three women, Susan Urban, Betsy Kapes and Beth Robinson.

Online condolences and photos can be shared at www.islandviewfs.com.

If friends desire contributions may be made to the Morristown Fire Department, PO Box 4, Morristown, 13664, the St. Lawrence Valley SPCA, 6718 SH 68, Ogdensburg, 13669, or the Potsdam Humane Society, 17 Madrid Avenue, Potsdam 13676.

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George Kahn
   Posted Tue January 09, 2018
I had the privilege of playing with Warren in several groups, most notably the Jack Kelley Band, Saint Lawrence University Orchestra, and the Ogdensburg-based Seaway Band -- the latter two where I was in clarinet section with him. Active in Saint Lawrence Historical Society, Warren and Shirley had purchased and donated a fine piano which I had the privilege to use, as well.
Warren's presence was always like a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day; I will always recall his rendition of "Benny's Tune" -- a clarinet solo where his rendition was perhaps even better than the Goodman one!
I am so sorry to family for their loss; albeit this loss is also for me, as well as, I am certain, all who knew him!

Karl Wisner Jr
   Posted Tue January 09, 2018
Warren will be missed.

   Posted Wed January 10, 2018
Shirley and Gene & family so very sorry for your loss. Warren was a wonderful person. He'll be greatly missed by all who knew him. May the help of family and friends and your memories help ease the pain during this difficult time. Warren will always be with you in your heart and treasured memories. God Bless!

Joseph M. Liotta
   Posted Wed January 10, 2018
Condolences to Shirley and all of Warren's family.
Warren tended to have long lasting relationships with friends. I'm sure he met a friend at Ithaca College in Elmer James. It was both a friendship and musical partnership over a long period of time. I got to know Warren via Elmer and through the North Country Preservation Band which I hired many times. I also got to know him via our playing together in various groups over the years. When Warren went to Florida every winter he would play in groups there. I was happy to find him playing in the Pinellas Civic Orchestra and other organizations around the St. Petersburg area. Those are some of my memories of Warren.

JeanMarie Martello
   Posted Wed January 10, 2018
Dear Shirley and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Warren was quite a fine person and he was clearly loved very much by his friends and band mates. May your hearts be healed as you remember him.

Barbara Flynn
   Posted Wed January 10, 2018
Shirley and family, I am thinking of you as you go through these days. Warren was an amazing man. Hold on to the peace that passes all understanding.

Darcy Richards
   Posted Thu January 11, 2018
The love that you shared and the memories you have hold near to your heart. I have many fond childhood memories as you both made me a special part of your family. Thoughts and prayers are with you always.


Jerry Hourihan
   Posted Thu January 11, 2018
So sorry to hear about Warren, a most loyal colleague for all of us that knew at Canton Central, always had time to help a student, enjoyed his musical talent
Jerry Hourihan

Grace Whitman
   Posted Sat January 13, 2018
Dear Shirley and family,

This ugly winter storm is keeping me from attending Warren's funeral today. I want you to know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Warren was a wonderful person, a great boss and a friend to hundreds of children who passed though his Guidance Office door.

Grace Whitman

Karl Wisner sr
   Posted Sat January 13, 2018
Sorry to hear of Wardens passing. At the Bema he will receive great rewards. He showed many the best way to live. He was a faithful man. I know he will be missed.

Karl Wisner sr
   Posted Sat January 13, 2018
Sorry to hear of Warrens passing. At the Bema he will receive great rewards. He showed many the best way to live. He was a faithful man. I know he will be missed.

Jay,JoAnn,Jevonnah Foster
   Posted Sat January 13, 2018
Dear Shirley & family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Warren was truly a special and loved person. We had the privilege of playing with Warren in a few groups. He so loved to play and was such an excellent top-notch musician. We learned so much from him and had so many great times in the bands and trios. The music community has suffered a great loss in losing Warren.
We will truly miss him. We wanted to come to the calling hours but the weather did not permit. May God bless!

Dan Pearson
   Posted Sat January 13, 2018
Shirley: Sorry for your loss. Sorry we could not attend the funeral services. We will miss Warren.

Sara (Wisner) Welp
   Posted Wed January 17, 2018
Shirley and Gene,
I was so sad to hear about Warren's passing. So many memories of laughing with him and getting good music advice. It makes living farther away so difficult. Take Care.

Victor Caamaño
   Posted Fri January 19, 2018
I'm so sorry to hear of his passing away. Just the other night a group of local musicians were speaking of him and wondering how he was doing. He will always be thought of a a generous, thoughtful man. I enjoyed playing on a bandstand with him a few times (too few) and remember his encouragement. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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