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Thread: Warren Wallingford, formerly of DeLorean Motor Company (Houston)

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    DMC Texas 800-872-3621 or +1-281-441-2537 DMCH James's Avatar
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    Warren Wallingford, formerly of DeLorean Motor Company (Houston)

    Sad to post that we just received word that former DMCH employee Warren Wallingford - the man behind the phone here for many years and personal friend to many within the DMC company and DeLorean community - passed away the evening of July 8th after a long battle with cancer. Here is what we know from his son:

    He had gone into the hospital last week with some internal bleeding, which was stopped and he seemed to be recovering. He had a great weekend and was able to see his kids and grand kids.

    But Monday morning, during dialysis, he went into respiratory distress and his body gave out. We are devastated that he is gone, but grateful we had the chance to see him being himself and all his grandkids were able to talk to him on, what turned out to be, his last day.

    The memorial service is being planned for Thursday the 25th at 11am here in Austin.
    As we have more details about the memorial service, we'll post them here for those that are interested.
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    Senior Member Dangermouse's Avatar
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    I'm sorry to hear that. I only spoke with him a couple of times, but I have seen his name mentioned often.
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    Aw, man. That's a shame. Sounds like he had a good long run, though. He'll be missed by many. My condolences.
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    What a lose. Warren was just a fantastic guy. I swear he knew part numbers better than the catalog. I actually looked forward to talking to Warren when I ordered parts with DMCH. I met him in person once, and he was professional, courteous and above all, a real pleasure to talk to. My condolence goes out to his family.

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    Peace that passes understanding - Warren lived it every time I spoke with him during this long ordeal and I was blessed by his example.

    I will miss your earthly presence my friend, but I look forward to catching up with you in eternity!

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    Vin3299's Doc DeLorean03's Avatar
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    Man, I spoke with Warren for years when ordering parts. From 2003 to 2009. he ALWAYS was the man behind the phone.

    The DeLorean community has suffered 2 big losses in 2 months flat. Enough please :'( ...
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    Actual snippet of a conversation from Sept 2013:

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    I'm sad to hear this. I met Warren on July 13th, 2007 when I went down to DMC-H to purchase 01049. He gave me a ride from the facility back to my hotel room, and he was very pleasant to converse with.
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    How terrible. I spoke with Warren over the phone dozens of times during my years of ownership. He was always so kind, patient, and helpful. He'd never fail to call after I placed an online order to let me know when my parts had been shipped & were on their way. For those of us who have been around for a while, Warren was definitely an icon of the community.

    Thanks for posting a pic of him, James. It's always good to put a face to a name. I just hate it was posthumously in this case. I just noticed that picture was taken here in Austin. My daily commute takes me down Balcones Drive... small world.
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    Wow. Rest in peace, Warren. We sure had some good conversations. Thanks for being so amazing to so many people.
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    My condolences. What a loss to all. I will miss Warren and his no-nonsense yet friendly and professional advice...

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