“Am I home yet, what’s taking so long?” was a constant question asked by Warren Philbrook in his final days with us. On April 2, 2013, Raymond Warren Philbrook breathed his last, with his wife of 56 years Elizabeth and his two sons David and Steven standing by his side.

Born Aug. 23,1928, in Warren to Ruth and Leland Philbrook, he was a fixture and lifelong resident of the Midcoast town. He graduated from Warren High School in 1946. Soon after graduation he was drafted into the Korean War and served for two years as a forward observer with the 815th artillery battalion. On June 30,1956, he married Elizabeth Forss. They raised a daughter and two sons at their Four Rod Road home. Warren knew everyone in town and was also known as "Willie" or "Bola." He worked 38 years for the Warren Phone Company until his retirement in 1990. He often joked he had been in the bedroom of every woman in town (installing phones of course).

Warren was a lifelong member of the Warren Congregational Church and served as a deacon for many years. He was a past master of the Masonic Lodge and a past patron in the Order of the Eastern Star.

Warren was predeceased by his parents and brother Vaughn. Surviving are two sisters, Janet and husband Paul Andrews, and Caroline Seeley; daughter Francie Giguerre and husband Paul; son David Philbrook and wife Robin, son Steven Philbrook and wife Amy; and seven grandsons Caleb Philbrook, Danny and Gabe Giguerre, and Abraham, Peter, Isaac and Nate Philbrook.

Warren bore his final illness with astounding courage, faith and his ever present humor. He will be sorely missed by his family and many friends; and yes, Warren is finally home.

A memorial service will be held at the Warren Congregational Church on a date to be announced. Gifts of remembrance may be sent to the Warren Congregational Church, c/o Treasurer, P.O. Box 206, Warren, ME 04864.