HAVERHILL — Tom Warren regularly visits his wife’s grave at the Maplewood Cemetery in Plaistow. He says a few prayers then crosses the street to visit with fellow members of the American Legion Wilbur M. Comeau Post 4.
On his way inside the club, he always pauses to glance at a Rose of Sharon bush he planted several years ago as a memorial to his wife, Sharon Rose Warren. He checked the two-foot tall statue of an angel that was given to him to add to his memorial and glances at a plaque given to him in memory of his wife.
Then came a day in October when the angel statue was gone.
“Whoever took that angel knew exactly what it was for,” Warren said, noting how a memorial plaque bearing his wife’s name was left undisturbed.
Warren told his friends in the club in hopes that his “angel” would be returned. Warren, 62, says the statue really can’t be replaced. Warren is a member of both the American Legion and the Sons of the American Legion, as his father served in the Army as did he.
“I often think about what kind of person would do that,” Warren said. “Could it have been someone who came to a function at the club? You really couldn’t see the statue from the street. You’d have to be in the parking lot to see it.”
About 25 years ago, Tom Warren and his wife Sharon planted a Rose of Sharon tree at their home on Groveland Street. Warren says that after his wife died of cancer four years ago, he moved to an apartment building on Highland Avenue and took the tree with him. He replanted it in a spot near the front entrance of the Legion club as a memorial to his wife. The tree is the property of the Legion, Warren said.