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Honoring our founder, Warren Schwab 1930 - 2019
Posted 01/07/2019 02:12PM


Warren Arthur Schwab was born in Quincy, MA on 11/8/30 to George and Lida May Schwab and passed away peacefully on 1/1/19 with family by his side. He is survived by his loving wife Jodi Cort, his son and daughter in law, Stephen and Tara Schwab, two daughters Jocelyn Settle and Amy Puryear, eight grandchildren (Matthew, Stephanie, Rebekah, Felicity, Mira, Willoughby, Stella and Art) and five great grandchildren (Violet, Ethan, Emmie, Kellan, Brendan) who knew him as “Papa”, as well as numerous nieces and nephews who knew him as “unc” and the patriarch of the family. He was predeceased by his sisters Mabel and Marion, his brother George, his first wife Dorothy and his son David.

He was an undergraduate at Northeastern University and received his masters degree at Boston University. He served in the Air Force and was stationed in Germany during the Korean War.

Warren was a man of many interests and passions. He was a benefit auctioneer, and a collector of coins, antiques and Harry Potter memorabilia. He loved playing tennis and being with his family and friends. Warren’s first loves were his wife Jodi, his family, his dog Lucky, and his beloved Learning Center for the Deaf. 

From his niece Linda:
"My mother used to tell me a story about Warren growing up. I guess he was a bit of a mischief maker in school (what a surprise), and a teacher once told Nanny and Pa that he would either drop out of school and be a derelict, or be a great man who did wonderful things if he found his purpose in life.
... I guess he found it."

Inspired by his son, David, Warren founded The Learning Center for the Deaf in 1970, the first school in Massachusetts to allow children to use sign language. The school began with little money and few students, but with a vision of the quality education Deaf children deserved. The Learning Center has grown to be nationally recognized and is the largest school for the Deaf in New England. He was known in the Deaf Community as a great visionary and admired by the way he carried out his vision, with determination and his fun loving nature. Warren’s legacy — his values and what he stood for, his hard work in making his vision a reality — lives on through all the students, staff and families who were fortunate to know him and work with him on this dream. While The Learning Center lives on, his passing marks the end of an era and personal loss for many.

Warren retired and moved to Sanibel Island, Florida with his wife Jodi in 1999. He volunteered at the Ding Darling National Wildlife Preserve, The Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF), and Health Park Hospital. He organized the SCCF Tennis tournament for 10 years, and was an auctioneer extraordinaire for many benefit auctions. He was also very involved in the men’s tennis community at The Dunes.

He was greatly loved and will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Even the nurses in his last days fell in love with his baby blue eyes, his jovial spirit, and his fun loving nature.

Arrangements are being made for a celebration of Warren’s life, both on Sanibel and in Massachusetts in the months to come.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either The Learning Center for the Deaf (848 Central Street, Framingham, Ma 01707) or to the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation (3333 Sanibel Captiva Rd, Sanibel, FL 33957).

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