New Windsor loses activist, advocate for seniors Warehime served 47 years as town clerk-treasurer

February 19, 1997|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

With the death of Richard M. Warehime, New Windsor has lost a staunch community activist and senior citizens have lost a champion.

Warehime, 75, died of cancer Sunday at Carroll County General Hospital. Retired after 47 years as the town clerk-treasurer, he also served several terms on the Carroll County Commission on Aging, with one term as its chairman.

"He was unfailing in his attempts to get the message of cost containment for health care across," said Jan Flora, chief of the Carroll County Bureau of Aging. "He was an adamant supporter of the causes of senior citizens, but not at the expense of younger people."

He took his health care campaign to the White House. At 72, facing the problems of caring for ailing parents, Warehime wrote to the president's health care task force. The letter earned him a meeting with the president and vice president in September 1993.

"He had good points to make and two real-life examples," said Flora. "He was a dedicated son, the kind every parent wants."

At the time of his visit, Warehime said: "I think I was able to get lTC before the public some of the problems that exist in our health care system. If the health care cause is addressed, it's going to help everyone."

His hometown also benefited from Warehime's sense of civic duty. After moving from his family's Pleasant Valley farm to New Windsor in 1948, Warehime became town clerk-treasurer, a position he held through seven mayors until retiring in 1995.

"His was a job that had to be done," said Mayor Jack A. Gullo Jr. "He was the glue that held the town together."

Warehime was a charter member of the New Windsor Volunteer Fire Department and the Lions Club, serving as its secretary-treasurer for many years and twice as its president.

"Although he will be sorely missed, his participation in those organizations will carry his memory into the future," the mayor said.

Warehime, the last surviving charter member of the town Lions Club, "connected us with the long tradition of service," said the Rev. Darrell Layman, club vice president. "He remembered the earliest days and spoke to that history. He was committed to the Lions' role in the community."

A veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, Warehime saw action in China during World War II.

After his discharge, he worked as a salesman and retired as the district manager of the American Automobile Association of Maryland. He was a past president of the county chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons.

"He loved his community and wanted to stay involved in everything," said his daughter, Carolyn A. Smith of Westminster. "He has really left the town a legacy."

Her father was proud of his record for perfect attendance at many meetings of many organizations, Smith said.

"I knew he was ill when he started missing meetings," Flora said. "Everyone knew they could count on him to do a job thoroughly and well."

Services are at 11 a.m. today at the Hartzler Funeral Home, 310 Church St., New Windsor.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary E. Miller Warehime; a son, Ronald E. Warehime of New Windsor, and five grandchildren.

Pub Date: 2/19/97

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