Obituary: John E. Warner Jr., Silvermine Golf Club founder, developed Darien roads
Jack was born December 16, 1931 in Old Greenwich, Connecticut, son of John E and Catherine G Warner. He attended Greenwich schools and Bridgeport University.
Jack served in the US Army for two years, stationed in Korea. After the war he partnered with his father in "John E Warner & Son" building and developing many roads and houses in Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan. In Darien some roads were Old Stone Road and Queens Lane. In New Canaan the roads were Bickford Lane, Jennifer Lane, Winfield Lane, Woodway Ridge Lane, East & West Cross Roads, and Hawks Hill Road among Their dream was to one day build a golf course and Jack Senior always wanted to "build a club in the country, not a country club."
One day in 1958 while driving around Silvermine, Jack spotted the old Loudon Searcrest Dairy farm and realized this was the perfect place for a golf course. With hard work and enthusiasm they designed and built "Silvermine Golf Club." The original Loudon barn still sits atop the hill on the highest part of Norwalk. Three years later thay added "Grey Hollow", an additional 9 holes in Wilton with acquiring the Wilson Dairy Farm property.
Jack and his wife Barbara spent 29 winters in Marco Island, Florida. A most enthusiastic and avid fisherman, Jack spent the majority of his time fishing with his buddies and supplying fish to all of their Condo neighbors.
Jack was a former member of the Exchange Club, Rowayton Power Squadron and Sprite Island Yacht Club. Jack loved life, Long Island Sound, clamming, boating and sports. He was likable, lovable and had a contagious smile. "Everybody loved Jack."
In addition to his wife Barbara Orell Warner of sixty years, Jack is survived by his three sons, John Entz Warner lll and wife Cynthia Walter Warner of Ashville, NY, Peter Gilbert Warner of New Canaan, CT, and Thomas Morley Warner of New Canaan, CT, his grandchildren: John Entz Warner lV and wife Dr. Brianne Teaboldt of Philadelphia, Pa; Caitlin Avery Warner Esq. and husband Ian James Lent of Washington, D.C. and Jeffrey Walter Warner also of Washington, D.C. He is also survived by a sister Catherine Warner Zucco of Naples, Fl and a brother William Arthur Warner of Bonita Springs, Fl.
The family will hold a private ceremony in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Soundkeeper, PO Box 4058, Norwalk, CT 06855