EXETER, N.H. — Warren Arthur Simard, 65, died unexpectedly on April 16, 2016 in Exeter, N.H. He was born Nov. 14, 1950 in St. Albans, the first son of Aurilla A. (Gregoire, Simard) L’Esperance and the late Bernard William Simard. Warren grew up in Swanton. After graduating from St. Anne’s Academy he went on to Vermont Technical College and eventually earned a Master’s of Computer Science from Riviere College in New Hampshire. Warren enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1970 and was always proud of his contribution.
Warren worked for 42 years as a computer engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation, which became Compaq Computers and later Hewlett Packard. After retiring in August of 2012, he enjoyed taking French classes, doing further research into his geneology, spending time outdoors biking, and spending time with his family. About a year into retirement, Warren took a ‘retirement job’ as the IT Manager for the Star Island Corporation on the Isles of Shoals, just off the coast of New Hampshire. He loved being a part of the community, meeting new people, and was looking forward to spending another summer on the island.
On Sept. 10, 1977 Warren married his soul mate, Denise Bateman. They enjoyed 38 years of marriage, and were looking forward to spending more time together at their lake house in Swanton. Warren and Denise were longtime residents of Raymond, N.H., where they raised two daughters. He was devoted to his family and spent countless hours taking care of all the ‘dad’ details for his girls, even when they were all grown up. Along with biking and kayaking, Warren enjoyed being involved, being active, tinkering, solving problems, and learning new things: ballroom dancing, Morse code, photography, bird watching, music and church among many other things. He also had a passion for cars and was an experienced ham radio operator.
There were so many things he was looking forward to enjoying and experiencing in life.
He was a good man, son, father and husband to the last.
Warren is survived by his loving wife, Denise Simard; two daughters, Kristen Simard and Kara Simard; his mother, Aurilla L’Esperance; brother and sister-in-law, Gregory and Jean Simard; a niece, Meredith Simard; a nephew, Lee Simard, and many other extended family members.
A private burial service will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Swanton. All are welcome to the memorial service at 12:30 p.m. at the Church of the Nativity in Swanton.
Flowers and donations in Warren’s memory are acceptable. Donations can be made to a charity of choice or to the Arthritis Foundation, PO Box 96280, Washington, D.C. 20077 for Rheumatoid Arthritis research.