Longtime Sanibel resident Warren Stringer passed away peacefully on Nov. 23, 2009. He was 92.
Warnie was born in St. Paul, Minn. on June 12, 1917 and attended St. Paul Academy, followed by Yale University from which he graduated in 1941.
World War II then called and he proudly went to serve his country in the U.S. Navy. Twice the ships upon which Lt. Cdr. Stringer served were bombed by the enemy, the first in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Palermo, Italy and the second, on Oct. 24, 1944, when the USS Gambier Bay was sunk during the Battle of Leyte Gulf off the Philippines. He spent three days floating in the ocean hanging on to a life raft with his fellow sailors waiting to be rescued.
After World War II, Warnie moved to Milwaukee, Wisc. to open the new office of his family’s mortgage brokerage firm, Dunn & Stringer. He later continued his career in real estate, developing Orchard Highlands and Hickory Hollow subdivisions of Milwaukee where he built many lovely houses. Warnie was instrumental in the founding of St. Simon the Fisherman Church in Port Washington, Wisc.
Warnie spent the past 30 years on Sanibel and was an active member of St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church. He participated in its choir, and was a very active volunteer with FISH (Friends In Service Here). His other volunteer work included the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) and Habitat For Humanity of Fort Myers. His favorite hobby was woodworking.
He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Keogh-Stringer; four children – Jim, Terry and Chip Stringer and Nancy Stimson; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, MacNeil “Bud” Stringer. He is also survived by his sisters, Anne Smith and Babby Pierson, and many other relatives and friends.
Warnie was devoted to his family, his faith and the outdoors. He was a true character in every sense. His many relatives and friends will dearly miss him as will the entire Sanibel community.
A memorial service will be held at St. Michael & All Angels at 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8, 2010.