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"Up, up the long delirious burning blue; I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.

Where never lark, or even eagle flew; And while with silent, lifting mind I've trod

The high, untrespassed sanctity of space; Put out my hand, and touched the face of God."

JOHN GILLESPIE MAGEE JR. '40, FROM THE POEM "HIGH FLIGHT"

Greenville, ME – Warren H. Cochrane, 81, passed away February 23, 2019, at his home after a long struggle with Parkinson's. He was born January 23, 1938, in New Britain, CT, the son of Herbert C. and Thelma M. (Fairbanks) Cochrane.

Warren graduated from Avon Old Farms School in 1955 and Yale University, Class of 1960.  He taught sciences and coached sports at private schools in Pasadena CA, Lebanon NY and Webster MA before settling in Greenville in 1966 to teach, coach, and raise a family. During his career he coached ten different high school sports. Although chemistry and physics were his main classes, over the years he also taught general science, biology, health, astronomy, geology, psychology, and philosophy, and at one time was the entire science department at Greenville High School. Warren retired from teaching in 1981 to attend Bonnie Prudden School for Physical Fitness and Myotherapy in Lenox MA, then returned to Greenville, created two businesses and resumed ski coaching for GHS.

Warren's lifelong passion for fitness and health led him to establish Beyond A Century, a nutrition mail-order company, and open Moosehead Fitness Center in Greenville.  Beyond A Century grew successful with the help of son Erik and his wife Sarah and continues to operate after 35 years in business.  Moosehead Fitness provided the community a place to work out for more than 25 years.

In 1953 Warren began leading canoe trips every summer on the Allagash River with his father Herb. Allagash Canoe Trips began as a six-week teen boys adventure and evolved over the years to offer shorter trips to families and adults. Over nearly fifty years Warren helped introduce hundreds of people to canoe camping on rivers in Maine and Canada.  Third generation guide Chip and his wife Lani now run the oldest continously operating canoe trip guide service in Maine, carrying on the family tradition.

Throughout his life Warren loved to share his vast knowledge and enthusiasm for physical training, especially weight lifting, anti-aging and performance nutrition, skiing, canoe paddling, poling, and whitewater racing, and growing healthy food. He has inspired generations through his teaching, coaching, mentoring, guiding, competing, and advocating for individual liberty and free inquiry.

Warren is survived by his wife, Linda; three sons, Warren “Chip” Jr and wife Lani, Tristan and wife Amy, and Erik and wife Sarah; stepson, Eli Ward and partner Susan; sister Viviane; grandchildren Orion, Lily, Chloe, Czari, Lola, Daisy, and Harlow; nephew Art Geetersloh and wife Susan; niece Kate Lee; former wives Denise and Beverly and stepchildren David and Julie; special cousins Gail and Mike; sisters- and brothers-in-law and many more nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents.

A celebration of life will take place at a later date.  Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate reading comments that share a memory of Warren. Memories and messages of condolence may be expressed and photos may be shared at www.laryfuneralhome.com

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