A MUCH-LOVED lady who was well-known in Bromsgrove for the part she played in the town’s oldest family run DIY business has died.
Diane Warren, beloved wife of Tony Warren who owns Bromsgrove based Broad Street DIY, passed away on the island of Antigua on February 9 after falling ill whilst on a Caribbean cruise with her husband.
Three generations of the Warren family work at Broad Street DIY. Despite having recently turned 70, Diane still worked at the shop and enjoyed standing at her till chatting to customers and colleagues.
Born in Bromsgrove in 1945, Diane was the daughter of Bill Harrison, who was part of a team which manufactured the gates of Buckingham Palace at Bromsgrove Guild, and Annie Harrison. She was the sister of the late Melvyn ‘Harry’ Harrison.
She spent her childhood years in Sidemoor and after school worked at a variety of local companies, including Harris Brush. Diane married her first husband, Trevor, in 1965 and had three children – Tara, Ross and Lisa. The family moved to Devon in the 1980s where Diane and Trevor were hoteliers. When the couple divorced Diane moved back to Bromsgrove. In 1986 she married Tony Warren and joined the family business, first working in the office and then serving customers on the shop floor – a role which suited her friendly, sociable nature.
In 1989 Tony and Diane moved to Spain for a few years where they built a lovely family home in Tárbena before returning to Bromsgrove and the shop in the mid-1990s. Over the next 20 years the couple enjoyed holidays all over the world and Diane particularly enjoyed Las Vegas where she loved the shows and gambling at the tables and on the machines.
She will be sadly missed by Tony, her children and step-children, family, friends and customers.
Diane’s funeral takes place at Redditch Crematorium at 2pm on March 11.
Broad Street DIY will be closed for the day to allow family and staff to attend.