Forget them all for today.
Dick Warren has died.
As a college student, Dick worked at Fours Seas Ice Cream (Centerville, Ma). He met his future wife there. He bought the store in 1960. Dick nurtured and preserved Four Seas as an operating business and a cultural icon through 4 decades before selling the business to his son. In the off season, Dick was an English teacher and guidance counselor at Barnstable High.
People traveled for miles to buy cones at the Four Seas, generation following generation, children reaching up for treats at the same counter where their parents and grandparents had spent many a summer evening in decades past. They went for the ice cream and for Mr. Warren, who could be as sweet as his offerings.
Indeed they did. There is no sweeter place to go on the Cape than the one and only Four Seas. Thanks to Dick, my own children remember it well, as do their parents and grandparents.
Mr. Warren made an immeasurable contribution to this world by his good stewardship of a simple summer ice cream store, by really caring about his customers, and about his employees. It takes no more than that to make a big difference on this planet. Giving your heart as part of what you do each day.
Thank you, Mr. Warren. Rest in peace.