Sept. 17, 1937 – Sept. 18, 2016
Lt. Col. Warren R. “Mac” MacDiarmid, U.S. Army (Retired), of Murphy, passed away at hospice on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Lake Worth, Fla. He was 79 years old.
Born in New York City to Ray and Edna MacDiarmid, he attended Stuyvesant High School in the city, and Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.
He joined the U.S. Army in 1959, and served for 20 years, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He was stationed in West Germany, where he witnessed the building of the Berlin Wall. He was a proud infantryman, a member of the 101st Airborne Division, and completed two tours of duty in Vietnam.
After retiring from the army, he settled in Florida and worked as a defense contractor. Upon retirement, he relocated in the Cherokee National Forest, where he remained active as a substitute teacher, a tutor and a member of the retired officers’ club.
A lifelong music and arts fan, he learned to play the piano at a young age, and enjoyed attending concerts at Carnegie Hall. He sang in the church choir, performed with local rep theaters, and even played the role of Herr Drosslemeyer in Orlando City Ballet’s The Nutcracker.
He will be remembered by his family as an enthusiastic people watcher. He loved animals and children, and always knelt down to speak with children from their vantage.
Col. MacDiarmid is survived by his wife, Angela MacDiarmid; his son, Steve MacDiarmid (from his first marriage to Doerte MacDiarmid); his daughters and their spouses, Stacy MacDiarmid (John Davidson), and Deidre (Craig) Shannon; and his grandchildren, Alannah, Leonie, Miller, Felix, Wells and Otis.
His parents, Raymond D. and Edna (Dattwyler) MacDiarmid, and sister, Janet MacDiarmid, preceded him in death.
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 10, at St. Richard’s Episcopal Church, 5151 Lake Howell Road, Winter Park, Fla., with the Rev. Alison Harrity presiding. Following the service, his ashes will be interred with military honors in the memorial garden of the church.
Remembrances in his honor may be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.