Marlatt Funeral Home & Cremation Centre

615 Main Street East, Hamilton, ON


Warren Alan Mills

January 13, 1951March 14, 2020

In his 70th year, Warren passed away unexpectedly at Caroline Place Retirement Residence on March 14, 2020. Born in Hamilton, Warren was the youngest of 7 children of John Herbert Mills and Lillian Mills (nee Swaithes), who immigrated from England in 1922. He attended Delta High School and played lineman on their football team. The family founded Mills Lighthouse in 1959, a retail and lighting design company in Hamilton, that served the Hamilton Community for over 40 years and three generations. Some of their most prestigious work included The House of Commons, Dundurn Castle, Whitehern House, Hamilton Place, Toronto Pantages Theatre and the lights that shine onto Niagara Falls.

In 1970, Warren married Joyce Stirling and raised his family on St. Claire Avenue in Hamilton where he built a basketball court in the summer and backyard ice rink each winter for his sons, Warren and Matthew. Each summer he packed up the mini-van and led his family down to St. Petersburg Beach, Florida, where they would spend the month of July. He relished visiting restaurants only the locals knew about along the route down the East Coast. Florida was where he taught his boys how to swim, to fish, play tennis, golf and the simple pleasure of long walks on the beach and hunting for shells.

Warren joined The Hamilton Thistle Club, where he brought his football mentality to his opponents on the squash court and unsuccessfully tried to take up curling. Over the years, his knees and back betrayed him, and it was time to find non-contact hobbies. Sailing was discovered soon afterwards, which quickly became his passion, for the remainder of his life. Whenever possible, Warren could be found at the Hamilton Yacht Club, and later, Port Credit Yacht Club where he enjoyed many friendships and skippered Paws Paws and New Wings. He enrolled his sons in sailing school each summer so they could join him at the helm but, after a few bumps, scratches and minor repairs, Warren insisted that he was the only one allowed to dock the boat.

After Mills Lighthouse closed its doors, Warren continued working as a Lighting Consultant, bringing his expertise to many corporations and public venues in and around the Hamilton area, (the Cathedral of Christ the King and Holy Sepulchre Mausoleum, to name a few).

After 22 years of marriage, Warren and Joyce separated. A few years later, he met and married Betsy McColl, with whom he shared his love of sailing and travelling. Together they travelled to North America and Europe attending lighting trade shows while growing Warren’s business. Sadly, he lost Betsy in April to cancer in 2011. It was his family and his many friendships at the Port Credit Yacht club that got him through that difficult time.

Through boating, Warren met Cindy Marron, who also shared his love of being on the water. In recent years, as sailing became more difficult, they switched to power on Light The Way, and Warren continued to enjoy exploring Lake Ontario.

He took great pride in seeing his children attend Hillfield Strathallan College and took his place as the loudest parent in the stands for every game, home or away. Recently, he cheered on his grandchildren on the same HSC courts and enjoyed attending events for them, wearing his own HSC sweater and Maple House tie.

Warren is predeceased by his wife, Betsy McColl, and his beloved dogs, Halle, Cinnamon, Tahn and Ling. He will be deeply missed by his sons, Warren (Christine) and Matthew (Barbara), his three grandsons, Sebastian, Alexander and Noah, his companion Cindy Marron and his brothers and sisters: John Jr., the late Leonard, Harry, Beverley, Barbara and Joan.

The family would like to thank the staff of Caroline Place for their presence and support in Warren’s life during the past two years. We also appreciate the help of the VON nursing staff who came each day, the support from the LHIN, Mario from CBI and Bob Helwig from the Brain Injury Services.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hamilton Cancer Society or to the Hamilton SPCA. A private family funeral will be held on Friday and a Celebration of Life will be planned for a later date.


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Warren Alan Mills

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Sue Tarle

March 24, 2020

I had the pleasure of meeting Warren 6 years ago when Cindy became part of my life when her daughter Jen started dating my son Bob. Cindy and Warren had such a wonderful fun relationship and I loved how he laughed and was always smiling and genuinely interested in what people were doing with their lives. He certainly had a fun filled life with Cindy and they enjoyed so much together. How lucky he was to have Cindy’s love and constant support in the past two years when he started with his health issues. My deepest condolences to the family but especially to you Cindy....you certainly will have a void in your life now as you were certainly that constant in his life! His lifeline!

Dale McDonald

March 20, 2020

To Warren’s Family: We wish to express our condolences. Our continuous friendship dates from the ‘50’s with our parents through client and supplier relationships at Mills Lighthouse and families.
Please know our thoughts are with you.
Those we hold most dear never truly leave us. They live on in the love and memories they brought into our lives.
Emily, Dale and Ira McDonald Families

Christine Toth

March 20, 2020

Uncle Warren holds a special place in my heart.

I can still hear his laughter when I think back to our many times together. What stands our for me the most these days are the memories made during the annual inventory at the shop, Christmas parties with the whole family, the long days at gramps cottage and when you boys started at HSC and became a part of my Maple/Tay family, as well as being my cousins,

May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get your through the days ahead. My most sincere condolences.

Love Christine, John, Brandyn, Micheal, Shane and families.

Irene Ross(Kicak)

March 20, 2020

As a young girl I worked at Mills Light House. I was saving for my education and worked on weekends. I remember Warren very well and with much fondness. He was very kind to all of us "girls" and was quick with a joke. He always had a big smile on his face and a cheerful outlook. I send his family my sincere condolences. He left this world much too soon.

Bob Helwig

March 20, 2020

Warren was a wonderful man and a pleasure to work with. It was an honour to know him and he will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

Kim Morris

March 19, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of uncle Warrens passing your dad, you are all in my thoughts and prayers our deepest sympathy from our family to you all!! Take care Kim, Kevin Morris and family