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Remembering Sen. John Warner

June 03, 2021

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation mourns the loss of former U.S. Senator John Warner who passed away May 25, 2021.

Sen. Warner was a Navy petty officer in World War II, a Marine in the Korean War, and Secretary of the Navy before serving in the Senate for 30 years.

In 2015, he and his wife Jeanne worked with the community foundation to arrange a charitable gift to the crew of the USS John Warner submarine, which was commissioned in his honor.

Annual grants from the Warner Family Fund are used to recognize the meritorious public service of crew members serving on the USS John Warner and to support its morale, welfare, and recreation fund.

“Our family has a deep sense of humility and gratitude to our nation ... and for the sailors and the shipyard workers,” Sen. Warner told the community foundation in 2015.

Sen. Warner’s memory and generosity will live on through this fund and the powerful legacy he left behind.

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