William S. Warner, stockbroker and World War II pilot

William S. Warner., a retired stockbroker who flew PBM Mariners during World War II, died June 7 of complcations from dementia at Blakehurst retirement community in Towson.

The son of Dr. Howard Hoge Warner, a physician, and Ruth Stone, a homemaker, William Stone Warner was born in Baltimore and raised on Garrison Boulevard in Forest Park.

A 1940 graduate of Forest Park High School, Mr. Warner enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and was trained as a pilot.

Assigned to the South Atlantic, Mr. Warner flew PBM Mariner flying boat patrol bombers off the coastline of South America. The planes were built by the Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River.

After being discharged in 1945 with the rank of lieutenant commander, he began studies at the Johns Hopkins University.

Mr. Warner began his career as a stockbroker in the early 1950s at Stein Brothers & Boyce, an investment banking firm on Calvert Street in downtown Baltimore.

During the 1960s, he appeared in "Meet Bill Warner," an advertising campaign for the brokerage firm.

Subsequently, he worked for Shearson, Prudential-Bache and Shearson Lehman Brothers before retiring in 1989. He was a former president of the Bond Club of Baltimore.

In 1964, Mr. Warner and his family moved to Lanark Road in Rodgers Forge, where he served as commissioner of the local youth baseball league.

About a decade later, the family settled into a home on Bellona Avenue in the city's Pinehurst neighborhood. Since 2013, Mr. Warner had lived at Blakehurst.

Mr. Warner's hobbies included managing his stock portfolio, genealogy, antiques collecting, metal detecting and Civil War history.

He also collected baseball memorabilia, which included a signed postcard from Lou Gehrig and autographed photos of Babe Ruth and Ted Williams.

He was a fan of thoroughbred horse racing and the Orioles, family members said. He also enjoyed attending the annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival and always made sure oysters on the half-shell were on his family's Thanksgiving menu.

"He looked forward each day to his evening cocktail," said a son, William S. Warner Jr. of Yardley, Pa.,, who added that his father's favorite Kentucky bourbon was Evan Williams Black Label.

His wife of 57 years, the former Emaroy Soulsby, died in 2002.

He was a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St., where a reception celebrating his life will be held at 11 a.m. June 30.

He is survived by another son, Thomas S. Warner of Towson; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson. His daughter, Nancy Warner Aspinwall, died in 2006.

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