During the sixties, Gary devoted much of his spare time to minor sports, both hockey and
baseball, taking on leadership roles. Recognizing the need for community volunteers, he
took an active role in fundraising for a community swimming pool in Cobourg. When a call
went out to restore Cobourg's stately Victoria Hall, Gary became part of the fundraising
team, seeing the project through to completion.
Starting the area's premiere disc jockey business
in the seventies, Gary Warner built it up, employing students attending university and
college, allowing them to earn money o assist them in their education.
Interested in giving to his community, Gary
joined the Cobourg Kinsmen Club, putting in countless hours as chair and as member of
various committees to raise funds for worthwhile local causes and for the club's national
project, the Cystic Fibrosis Society. Not only did he serve in every executive capacity,
he went on to hold office as district deputy governor, vice governor, and governor, which
automatically made him a member of the national board of directors. During these years in
office, Gary received awards for outstanding leadership and was made a life member of the
In the eighties, Gary saw a need for middle
management in the industrial community to have an association and he headed a steering
committee to form Industrial Management Clubs of Canada. Once the club had received its
charter, he went on to be president, two years later winning the award for the most
outstanding industrial management club in Canada.
The service award of which Gary is perhaps
fondest was second place in North America presented to the Belden employees who
contributed most to their community. The following year, Gary would have placed first but
he had left the company to pursue his auction career before the awards were actually made.
In 1984 he decided on a change of career and
enrolled at the Southwestern School of Western Ontario to study auctioneering, later on
becoming qualified as a Certified Personal Property Appraiser from the Certified
Appraisers Guild of America.