Obituary: Roger Warren

Roger Stewart Warren was born in Epsom, Surrey, England, on the 16th of August 1941. He emigrated to Canada with his parents as a teenager and grew up in Ontario. In 1984 he moved to Salt Spring Island, BC, where he established Chickadee Pine, a handmade furniture business. He participated in the restoration of Mahon Hall, belonged to the Folk Music Club, and was active in the arts community. He also began sculpting, seeing the forms of birds and animals in collected pieces of wood.

He retired on six forested acres at the south end of the island, where lived his final fifteen years in a sprawling house that he built and filled with his handmade furniture and carvings.

He died on the 6th of March 2021 at Lady Minto Hospital on the island and will be missed by many, including two ex-wives, Maggie Warren in Ontario and Judi Underwood of Victoria, BC; his step daughter Cyndy Spiers of Newmarket, ON; his cousin Sue Rehill (husband Ken) of Parksville, BC, and their son Kevin Rehill of Pemberton, BC; and another second cousin Roland Bonser in Washington State, USA. And also, in particular, by his friend of 60 years, Jim Ready of Innesfil, ON, and last but not least, his faithful dog Buddy.

April 8, 2021 3:22 PM

  • Avatar Celia Duthie says:

    RIP Roger. You will be missed. Nick & Celia.

  • Avatar deedee says:

    And he left his good friend Pat behind. He will be missed. I hope he and Lari find each other and laugh together again. <3 <3

  • Avatar silks says:

    I had the good fortune to meet Roger 11 years ago on Salt Spring. He is the finest Creator I have ever met in this lifetime and the most humble man when sharing his works. Roger had endless imagination and a deep love for making magic, for nature, quiet and peace. I feel so lucky to have come to know him and I miss you man. Your spirit and creations live on. Norene

  • Avatar Reayane Kanne says:

    A loss for our community . I will miss you stopping by the stand to say "Hi" Roger.. Wherever you are you will be your happy jolly self. Love and Blessings always.

  • Avatar Robert Birch says:

    So sad to lose you, Roger. Your smile was infectious and lives on in our hearts. Robert and Mark