Warren T. Shanahan, 88, of Brooklyn, NY, died on December 20, 2022. He peacefully passed on to his next life while at home in New Paltz, NY. Warren is survived by his nephews James, William, John, Richard, and Edwin Shanahan. He is also survived by his nieces Anna Meixelsperger and Kathleen Corrado and by his extended family Bryan, Analisa, and Aryela Everingham and Eugene Brackel. He was predeceased by siblings Harold, Eddie, and Frank Shanahan.
Raised in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY by his parents John and Anna Shanahan, Warren grew up the youngest of four brothers. After primary school Warren received a scholarship to the prestigious Brooklyn Technical Institute and after that received a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Pace University. After college Warren joined the Marines and did his basic training at Parris Island, South Carolina. Warren worked for many companies during his lifetime including The New York Times, The Army/Air Force Exchange, and Manufacturer’s Hanover. Warren worked in NYC all his life and even commuted by train from Poughkeepsie to NYC after he moved to New Paltz, NY in 1982. He retired from Manufacturer’s Hanover in 1992.
Warren had a huge heart and loved to help people in any way he could. In the 1990’s and early 2000’s Warren volunteered at Child Find in New Paltz and Hudson Valley Hospice where he saw patients in Ulster County, NY. He was also involved in the Phillies Bridge Farm Project in Gardiner, NY. Warren became a fixture at the Gilded Otter Brewery and La Stazione Restaurant in the latter part of his life where he would be famous for bringing the staff homemade food, baked goods and movies. He would always be ready with a joke or a story to make people laugh. Warren had an affectionate personality and an amazing sense of humor that was contagious and uplifting to everyone around him.
Warren was an activist for gay and lesbian rights and believed that everyone should be treated equally. He regularly marched in the New Paltz Pride parade and was known for writing letters to local Congressman and the President of the United States expressing his opinions. Warren had a passion for art, literature, and music. He loved sharing stories with people, watching NY Yankee and New England Patriot games, and being with his late dog Devlin and his cat Kady.
Friends of Warrens will be having a memorial for him this spring to share stories and spread his ashes. Anyone interested in attending please contact Bryan Everingham at firstname.lastname@example.org