Sunday, March 7, 2004

Warren D. Bishop co-owned auto shop


Green Twp. man was WWII vet

By Nicole Hamilton
The Cincinnati Enquirer

For 40 years, many in Green Township entrusted the care of their cars to a gregarious, fun-loving mechanic, Warren Daniel Bishop.

The co-owner of Bishop Automotive, who operated his business alongside his brother Stuart on the same property where he was born and raised, was well known for his friendly disposition.

"Nobody was a stranger to him," said his wife of 54 years, Eileen Bishop of Green Township.

Mr. Bishop died Feb. 25, at Mercy Franciscan-Western Hills Hospital after a 10-month battle with esophageal cancer. He was 86.

"He was very social, he belonged to so many clubs," said Mrs. Bishop - referring to her husband's involvement with the Harley Bikers Club, Cheviot AmVets, the Cincinnati Turners, the Skeet Club and the Antique Gun Collectors Association.

When Mr. Bishop retired, then-mayor of Cheviot J. Michael Laumann proclaimed Dec. 31, 1986, "Warren Bishop Day" in Cheviot.

Mr. Bishop graduated from Western Hills High School.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he entered the Navy to serve in World War II, and was sent to the Pacific Theater, where he fought in seven major invasions.

Honorably discharged in 1946, he returned home and established Bishop Automotive with his brother.

An avid hunter and fisherman, and an excellent billiards player, Mr. Bishop turned to gardening when his vision began to fail about five years ago.

His wife said he supplied his family and friends with fresh produce throughout the spring and summer months.

Mr. Bishop was also a member of the 20th Century Boat Club, and was a training officer for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

His brother Stuart and a sister, Marion Aulick, preceded him in death.

Besides his wife, other survivors include a daughter, Natalie Rose Bishop of Covington.

Services were held. Burial was in St. Joseph New Cemetery, Price Hill.

Memorials: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 3333 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229.

E-mail nhamilton@enquirer.com




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