Former Racer & Son of Legendary Driver Bentley Warren Passes at 52

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James "Jimmy" W. Warren, 52, of Fernald Street, Gloucester died Saturday, January 28, 2012 in the Kindred Hospital North Shore Boston in Peabody following his cancer reoccurrence. Born in Gloucester July 11, 1959 he was the son of Bentley W. Warren of South Daytona Beach, FL and Bonnie Lee (Jacobs) Warren of Gloucester.

Raised in Gloucester he was a 1977 graduate of Gloucester High School where he trained as a mechanic. Following graduation he went to work with his father's racing pit crew later becoming employed by Bentley Warren Trucking Company as a heavy equipment mechanic. During these years he joined his father in the profession of auto racing becoming an award winning racer of the "V6 Supers' and 'Street Stocks." Shortly after his racing career Jimmy opened and operated Jim Warren's Truck Repair where he continued his mechanic work throughout his illnesses. Jimmy will be remembered for his innate skills as a mechanic, race car driver, his sharp witted humor and as a loyal always helping friend. He will be deeply missed by his family, colleagues and large cadre' of friends.

In addition to his father and mother he is survived by a daughter Jennifer N. Warren of Georgetown; a wife Christine J (McKinney) Warren of Ipswich; two sisters, Sherri A. Galicki and her husband Michael of Kingston, NH, Lisa A. Warren and her fiance' Marc Boudreau of Wells, ME as well as many nieces and nephews. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, February 11 from 10 am to 1 pm in the John T. Heard Masonic Lodge, 70 Topsfield Road, Ipswich. Family and friends are cordially welcomed. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Cape Ann Animal Aid, 260 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930. Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-porter Funeral home of Ipswich. To send a condolence please visit whittier-porter.com

Published in The Ipswich Chronicle from January 31 to February 10, 2012