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Warren Titcomb

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On June 15, 2020 @ 7:56 am In Obituaries | 21 Comments

Warren Titcomb, 74, died on Saturday, June 13, 2020 after a long illness. Born in Portland, Maine, he was the son of Virginia and the late Warren Titcomb. Warren was the beloved husband of TJ (Teri) Titcomb. They married after a 7-week courtship and celebrated 50 years of marriage on April 21. It was the only impulsive thing Warren ever did but he said he never regretted it.

Warren graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Miami University of Ohio in 1967 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. He served in Vietnam, including time at Khe Sanh during the 1968 Tet offensive. After his honorable discharge as a USMC Captain in 1971, Warren and TJ moved to Arizona. He completed his master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Arizona State University. In their fifteen years in the Phoenix area, Warren worked as a mental health therapist and clinic director. He was a long-distance runner, braving the heat and sun to compete in 10K runs and marathons. Warren also began playing classical guitar and enjoyed his lessons with Miguel who regaled him with stories of his study under Segovia. Warren continued his love of making music throughout his life, although he rarely performed for any audience other than the family cat.

The Titcombs moved to Lancaster in 1986 after a two-year search for a new home. They chose Lancaster County for its quality of life, beautiful countryside, and relatively balanced four seasons. For the next thirty years, Warren helped thousands of individuals, couples and families as a therapist with Catholic Charities, the Lancaster Guidance Center, Family Service, and Wellspan Behavioral Health. He was widely known for his caring and innovative work, using cognitive behavioral approaches to help those with a dual diagnosis of major mental illness and substance abuse. Warren never met a “sick” person – he always looked for and found the goodness and potential of each individual.

Warren was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Lancaster, singing tenor in the Chancel Choir. He served on the Board of Allegro Orchestra Lancaster for twenty years and was a friendly presence, welcoming concert goers at the door.

Warren is survived by his wife TJ, mother, brothers Joel and Jason in Maine, and extended family. The family is deeply grateful for the loving and respectful care he received in his last week of life at the Hospice inpatient center in Mount Joy. At Warren’s request, there will be no service. He encourages friends to enjoy some great music, support a worthy cause, and think of him.

Condolences for the family of “Warren Titcomb”

Condolence from Tim Benton on June 15th, 2020 12:16 pm

Warren was a good friend.
I will miss him alot.

Condolence from Gardner Fassett on June 15th, 2020 12:30 pm

Oh TJ, you have my sincerest condolences, and God bless Y-O-U.
I loved seeing you and Warren in the choir…I used to sing tenor like you!!!

You are in my prayers, and I have thought of you often, even though I have not attended FUMC for some time, as I am at Masonic Village in E-Town, and that’s too much of a drive. Sorry…I miss all of you.

God bless, Gardner.

Condolence from Ted and Kathy Blaisdell on June 15th, 2020 1:41 pm

T.J., Ted and I are sad to see that Warren has passed away. The obituary captures his character so well. My heart goes out to you. We remember the two of you so fondly in the choir, church and your community support and involvement.

Condolence from Gary and Suzie Johnson on June 15th, 2020 3:16 pm

To dear TJ, Mother Virginia, brothers Joel and Jason , and extended family,;
Gary and I offer our sincere condolences on the passing of Warren.
I have fond memories of singing in Chancel choir with Warren and TJ. But I then moved on to sing on our Contemporary Worship team with husband Gary and missed seeing and being with Warren and TJ these past 18 years.
We are so sorry to hear of Warren’ s passing, but feel at peace, knowing he is in the arms of Jesus! My you all feel God’s warm embrace of comfort, healing and peace. Blessings to your family with our love.,
Gary and Suzie J.

Condolence from Sue and Larry Kepner on June 15th, 2020 3:43 pm

TJ, our thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of Warren. We were just recalling our trip to NYC and Carnegie Hall and how much fun we had with you two on the bus.

Once all this Corona craziness has passed, let’s get together!

I hope listening to Peter and the FUMC choir count for the great music!

Love you!

Condolence from Steve Shank on June 15th, 2020 7:47 pm

TJ – We are so sorry for your loss. Warren was such a wonderfully kind, gentle and caring person. We were blessed to know him. We will be praying for peace and grace for you.
Steve and Lisa Shank

Condolence from Anita & Vance Renfroe on June 16th, 2020 8:38 am

Dear TJ and FUMC Family,

Anita and I join you all in mourning the loss of our friend and fellow guitarist, Warren.

We hope to visit with you again in person later this year, but we worship with you every Sunday online in addition to our Amelia Island Plantation Chapel services.

Blessings and Prayers, especially to you TJ.
Anita & Vance

Condolence from Brian and Kim Norcross on June 16th, 2020 12:13 pm

Dear TJ,
We are heartbroken at your loss. You have both been such instrumental parts of our lives. We will miss Warren’s twinkling smile , his quiet wit, and his stories. We hope you find comfort and peace through God and your friends and family.
Love, Brian and Kim

Condolence from Douglas Hoose on June 16th, 2020 4:58 pm

Teri, you have our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Warren.

Doug and Ruth Hoose

Condolence from Barbara Satosky on June 17th, 2020 6:50 am

Dear TJ,
Although it has been years since we worked together and enjoyed one another’s company, I have great memories of working with Warren at the Lancaster Guidance Center and remembering some of your experiences helping your clients find greater joy in their lives. I stupidly did not realize you and Warren were still in the area. Wish I had corrected that… If you need an “old” person to have coffee and talk about anything, please let me know. I will be thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers.

Condolence from Jerry Shank on June 17th, 2020 7:53 am

Dear T.J.

I was shocked to read Warren’s obituary in the paper this morning. It brought back found memories of the time I spent with you two while working at Family Service. Warren was indeed a good man! So gentle, compassionate, deep thinker and thoughtful of others. The two of you always seemed to have a comfortable and respectful relationship.

I know you miss him. I am sorry for your loss.

This one-way communication leaves a lot to be desired, so I will try to contact you by phone in the next week or so, assuming at least one of the phone numbers I still have in my contact list still works for you. We have a lot of catching up to do.

Condolence from Ralph Lehman on June 17th, 2020 8:35 am

Dear TJ, we are saddened by the passing of Warren, and we shall miss his kind and smiling presence. You were blessed to have him as part of your life, and so were all who knew him. RIP Warren.

Condolence from Jim Shenk on June 17th, 2020 8:51 am

Dear TJ,
It has been many years since Warren (and you) and I had offices in the same hallway at Family Service. I relish the memories of conversations with lunches with Warren in the staff room. But most of all, I remember his total commitment to clients with a dual diagnosis. He did not give up on people whom our society unfortunately too often does. I was inspired to see anyone, especially an ex-Marine, show that kind of compassion. His commitment to his clients was driven home in a personal way when he confronted me one day about making a comment to him while he was walking a client to his office. “Therapy begins with my client the moment I meet him or her in the waiting room,” he said noting any interruptions are inappropriate. A lesson well learned! I was interested to see that Warren worked for WellSpan Behavioral Health. Sometime I would like to hear when and in what capacity. In the meantime, may God be with you in mourning Warren’s departure, remember, and celebrate his life and the many ways he touched the lives of others.

Condolence from Glenda Machia on June 17th, 2020 10:13 am

TJ – Sending my love and sincere sympathy.

Condolence from Gerry Rhen on June 17th, 2020 10:55 am

Dear TJ,
As Warren requested, I will listen to some great music, support a worthy cause, and think of him and you as well. I knew Warrren had served in Vietnam, but didn’t know any details. Of course, he would not have talked about that. I know you will make your way forward and get the most out of what life has to offer. My fondest condolences and highest regards.

Condolence from Dennis Clemmer on June 17th, 2020 3:32 pm


So surprised to see Warren’s obituary in the paper today. So sorry to hear about his passing. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers as you grieve his death.


Condolence from Amy Sechrist on June 17th, 2020 5:37 pm

TJ, family and friends- I’m so very sorry to hear of Warren’s death. I got to know him at ACDP trainings over the past 16 years, and our interactions increased after his stroke. I was usually the person to clean up the Blair Room afterward, and it took a while for him to gather himself, so we had time to talk. He cared so much about helping people, and of course doing it in a thoughtful way that upheld their humanity. That was clear even after he retired. Seeing him once per month over these years changed me for the better. I miss him.

Condolence from Lamar Dourte on June 17th, 2020 6:28 pm

TJ, my sympathy to you on Warren’s passing. I knew he had been ill. I read every word of the obituary. We crossed paths in counseling and singing. Blessings, Lamar Dourte

Condolence from Mark Cunningham on June 18th, 2020 8:30 am


Blessings to you during this time of loss.


Condolence from Patrycja Fortula-Kohn on June 18th, 2020 2:58 pm

My deepest sympathy for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
I live in the apartment next to his mother.

Condolence from Doug & Kris Albert on July 4th, 2020 11:48 am

In a world filled with uncertainty, and at times cruelty, we always found comfort in Warren’s demeanor and generous smile. We’ll truly miss his warm and genuine greetings at Allegro events. We’re all richer for having known this kind soul. Rest in peace dear Warren and our sincerest love and condolences to you TJ.

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