In Loving Memory of Andrew J. Warner, Jr.
Andrew J. Warner, Jr.Scranton, PA April 16, 1956 ~ March 22, 2017 Date of Service: March 28, 2017
Andrew J. Warner, Jr., affectionately known as A.J., of Scranton, died early Wednesday in the Carbondale Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Born in Scranton, son of the late Andrew Sr. and Marian Warner, A.J. attended Scranton schools. Andy was a lifelong member of The Arc of NEPA. He enjoyed the opportunity to work and be an active member in his community. Andy had an outgoing personality and a true talent for leadership. He spoke at numerous engagements and served as a guest lecturer at the University of Scranton, Marywood University, and Penn State Worthington-Scranton Campus. Through his appearances, audiences would gain a first-hand view of how a life is not defined by a person’s disability. In addition to his regular speaking engagements, Andrew served as one of the most sought after members of the Speakers Bureau for the United Way of Lackawanna County.
Andy was a member of the Board of Directors for The Arc, and served as a voice for all individuals with disabilities. He also served as President of the Aktion Club of Scranton, a service organization comprised of people with disabilities, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Scranton. He was awarded the Barry J. Hallbritter, Aktion Club Member of the Year by the PA State Kiwanis Aktion Club.
A dedicated community volunteer, he formerly spent time at the American Red Cross blood donor station in Scranton, where he served as greeter and escort. He additionally volunteered at the Everhart Museum in Scranton, where he also served as greeter and “Counter”, keeping track of the visitors who came through the doors. For over 25 years, Andrew was the “Pep Leader” for Dunmore High School’s athletic programs. He rode the team bus and gave the locker room pep talk for EVERY football and basketball game, home or away, without fail, and was highlighted in the Scranton Times for his inspirational contributions to the players and coaches. He had also been nominated for the J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award for his volunteer efforts in his community.
A.J. was a shining example of a community-minded person who enthusiastically made the most out of every day, and had a smile for everyone he met. He will be missed by many.
Memorial Contributions in Andy’s name can be made to The Aktion Club of Scranton, 108 Meadow Avenue, Scranton Pa 18505
The funeral will be Tuesday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in the St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, Chestnut St., Dunmore. Interment to follow in Dunmore Cemetery. Friends attending the funeral are asked to go directly to the church.
Friends and colleagues may call on Monday from 10a.m. until noon, and again from 4-6 p.m. at the funeral home.