In Celebration of

John Richard Warren

September 1, 1924 -  January 23, 2020

John passed away in Montreal on January 23, 2020 following a valiant battle with old age.
Civil Engineer, retired Town Manager of Town of Mount Royal.
Loving husband for 68 years of Audrey Cowper. Father of Cynthia Warren (Perry Giguère, deceased), Stephen (Eao Loang Lam), Geoffrey (Deborah Stobo), Sheila (William Schwaneflugel). Grandfather of Emilie and Jessie Giguère, Jonah Woodhouse, Meagan and Laura Warren and Angus Schwaneflugel; step-grandfather of Simon, Lanette and Evergreen Lam. Brother of Martha Falls and the late Margaret Hawkes.

John loved the Great Outdoors and with Audrey, the love of his life, spent many happy times wilderness canoe-tripping in the Laurentians, Yukon and New Brunswick; and camping, hiking and cross-country skiing in the Adirondack Mountains where they climbed more than half the 46 High Peaks. At age 59, he and Audrey took up downhill skiing, eventually becoming the Terrors of the Beginners’ Slopes.

A private memorial service will take place at a later date. The family will receive your messages of condolences on the obituary memorial page at the Mount Royal Cemetery website (

Please, no flowers, but donations in John’s memory to Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868), Dans la Rue (514-526-5222) or any other charity helping kids or teens would be welcome.

“The death of an old man is not a tragedy.”
Robert Altman, Film Producer


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Katherine Canty and Andrew Mahon (Friends and neighbours)

Entered January 27, 2020 from Montreal

We were extremely sad to hear of John's passing. John and Audrey have been wonderful neighbours of ours for more than 30 years. We really loved seeing them out for walks or in their driveway, always an opportunity to have a lively chat about travel, politics, the neighbourhood, society or whatever was in the air. John was a kind, thoughtful man with a great sense of humour. We will miss him very much.
Kathy and Andrew

Ava Couch 

Entered January 29, 2020 from Town of Mount Royal

Having started as a young engineer in TMR 37 years ago I have many fond memories of John. I now sit in his old office at the same desk he had and hold the position of Town Manager, the position he held when I started. I think of him often and still recall , cherish and use the comments and advice he had given me so long ago. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to to his family and friends. Ava

Patrizia Di Nardo (Co-worker)

Entered January 29, 2020 from Montreal

Dearest Warren Family,
It is great sadness to learn of Mr. Warren's passing! Mr. Warren and I became good friends following many a year working together and sharing non-work related activities. Following his retirement, we still continued this friendship.
I will always treasure his righteousness, wisdom, compassion, loyalty, but most of all the person he was "JUST" with one and all.
He'll always have a place in my heart. I only wish his passing was peaceful and brief.
On behalf of myself and my family members that were privileged to have known him, our most deepest condolences! R.I.P.
Patti (Patrizia) Di Nardo-Milo

Christine Butynski (CO-WORKER)

Entered January 30, 2020 from 4085 Henri Julien, Montréal, Québec, H2W 2k4

To Mrs. Warren and family,
It is with great sadness to learn of the passing of Mr. John Warren. I had the pleasure of working for him with his secretary Estelle and then of course, changing departments but still working for him. He was a kind and very fair man. We (Wally, my husband) and I will forever hold in our hearts the wonderful memories of going hiking with the two of you. Those were the days! With our deepest and profound sympathy to all of you, Wally and Christine Butynski

Duncan Campbell (Coworker)

Entered January 30, 2020 from Mont-Tremblant

Dear Audrey & extended Warren family,

I was saddened to learn of John's recent passing. He was a true professional and a gentleman. I was honoured to have followed in his footsteps as the Town Manager of TMR but what big shoes to fill! He made such a significant contribution to the development of the Town both as Town Engineer and Town Manager and to making TMR the important community it is today. Reg Dawson may have been the mayor but John was the go-to guy to get things done!

My fondest memories are our times together just shooting the breeze be it about working with council, dealing with firemen or how to fix up a Central Vermont caboose.

He had a full and interesting life and left many memories to keep his spirit alive during this difficult time and for the future. My deepest sympathies to you and your family on his death.