I, along with many people in Scioto County, were shocked to hear the news of the passing of village of New Boston Mayor Jim Warren late last week. Upon his passing this community lost a leader that changed it for the better.
Warren was a friend to everyone, and went out of his way to help anyone and everyone regardless of personal history. Under his leadership the village was considered by many to be the center of economic development and growth in Scioto County.
On many occasions I would call the village office and address him as Mr. Mayor, he would answer the phone and would ask how my day was going before we started the conversation. Towards the end of each conversation he would always want to know what the scoop (biggest news story) of the day was.
One of the funniest stories I have about Warren was the day Ollie’s Bargain Outlet opened in the village. He along with many village council members and other village officials were there watching the crowd and anticipating yet another business opening in the village.
As the crowd shuffled into the store for the first time, Warren started greeting people as they made their way into the store. There were many in the line he knew personally, and made certain he knew how they were doing. About three quarters of the way through the line he went to shake someone’s had and they asked if he was Ollie.
Warrens prompt response was, “I’m not Ollie, but welcome to the village.” At the time I could only laugh. and went about covering the opening of the store.
I’m certain there are many more stories like this, we all could tell about Warren and his impact on this community.
As it states in his obit, “His service to the community will be sorely missed.” As friends of Warren, the village of New Boston and Scioto County begin to deal with the loss, it will be difficult. I am confident the work Warren done with the community will continue and will only be built upon.
I am also certain his legacy and impact on this community, and will not be forgotten.
James Dobson was once quoted as saying, “My legacy doesn’t matter. it isn’t important that I be remembered. It’s important that when I stand before the Lord, he says, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.”
As friends, family, and the community grieve the loss of Warren, I believe we can all say job well done, Mr. Mayor.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT