Warren O. Jaquith died on Wednesday February 28, 2007, following a hemorrhagic stroke. He leaves his life partner of 24 years, W.endell Thomas "Tom" Pearson, of Arlington, Virginia; his parents, Wendell Evans and Chlora Ann (Shearer) Jaquith, of Silver Spring, Maryland; two sisters, Susan Dianne Jaquith of Wilson, NC, and Carol Ann (Jaquith) McCue of Hermitage, Tennessee; a brother, Wayne Langhorne Jaquith, of Silver Spring, Maryland; aunts, uncles, cousins, neices and nephews, and a wide circle of friends. Memorial service at Christ Congregational Church in Silver Spring will be on March 10 with Interment in Pine Grove Cemetery in Spencer, MA.
Warren was named for his father's twin who died at 9 months on May 21, 1921. They are both buried in the same grave in the Evans-Jaquith plot in Pine Grove Cemetery, Spencer, Massachusetts.
Warren was generous in spirit and had the gift of humor. He was a gourmet cook and loved to entertain family and friends with his partner, Tom. (Note, Warren & Tom never legally married, as same-sex marriage was illegal in Virginia. They were, however, recognized as married by friends and family). He loved family and friends, traveling, movies, drama, concerts and opera. Warren was also an accomplished square dancer and caller. He was a co-founder of DC Lambda Squares in Washington, DC. He suffered a stroke while teaching a beginners' class. As a gay man, both he and Tom enjoyed the love and acceptance of family members.
Even as a small boy of nine years, Warren was known for his generosity and selflessness, offering the entire amount of money in his wallet to his widowed grandmother, Helen Frances (Evans) Jaquith, following the death of Milo Warren Jaquith, her husband and Warren's grandfather. And that same character trait was evident just days before he suffered a stroke, when he delivered several homemade meatloaves to his elderly parents' home.
Hundreds of people attended his memorial service at Christ Congregational Church (United Church of Christ); pews were filled and standing room only was available for others who lined the walls of the sanctuary.
The graveside service in Spencer, Massachusetts, was attended by many family members in June of 2007. His sister Susan brought a handmade baby blanket, made by Grandma Helen Frances (Evans) Jaquith in 1948, in anticipation of Warren's birth. He was a beloved grandchild, son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, friend, colleague, and indeed, a cherished and beloved life-partner (husband) whose spirit blessed and blesses this world. We give thanks for the opportunity to share in the time he spent with us. Following the graveside service, Warren's 86 year old mother, frail and suffering from moderate dementia, knelt on the ground and kissed his gravestone.
Warren died far too young. He was a beautiful soul and source of love and laughter during his time among us. Rest in the peace of God, Warren, beside your beloved grandparents, Milo and Helen Jaquith.
From the DC Lambda Squares (the gay square dance club Warren helped found) website -
Warren was club caller and teacher for DC Lambda Squares for many years.
Warren suffered a major stroke while teaching a Mainstream class on Monday, February 26, 2007. Two days later on February 28, he passed away peacefully early in the morning with his partner Tom Pearson at his side.
Warren was a member of the Gay Callers Association and attended the very first GCA Caller School in 1989.
DCLS created a scholarship fund in Warren's memory for club members to attend square dance classes, caller schools, and other square dance functions.
Warren's grave is in the Evans-Jaquith plot near the cemetery's border with the fairgrounds. His ashes are buried in the same plot where Warren's uncle (twin brother of Warren's father, Wendell Evans Jaquith), for whom Warren was named.
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