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spacee spacee John Wren: 1928–2015

By DEIRDRE McCROHAN
dmccrohan@thearknewspaper.com
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Former Tiburon Planning Commissioner John Bennett Wren, once a prominent downtown business owner, died June 4 at his Cloverdale home of cancer. He was 87.
Mr. Wren served on the town's Parking Committee and then was appointed by the Town Council to the Planning Commission, where he served from 1967 to 1971. He was active in the Tiburon Peninsula Chamber of Commerce in the 1960s and 1970s.
Born April 29, 1928, Mr. Wren grew up in Oklahoma City and attended Shattuck Military Academy in Minnesota, then went on to graduate from Princeton University. He served in the U.S. Navy on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific during the Korean War.
For the first chunk of years after he settled down, he worked in his family's Oklahoma City business, a large office supply and equipment company called House of Wren.
In 1961, he accepted an offer by a business colleague in the wholesale goods industry, Kirk Bassett, to move out to California and open a clothing store on Tiburon's Main Street. Called The Bird and Hound — a pun on the two owners' last names — the store enjoyed a successful run for more than 35 years. It carried men's, women's and children's recreational clothing for many years. Eventually, the space became devoted entirely to East Coast-style women's sportswear. Mr. Wren finally retired in 1998 and moved to Cloverdale. The store was closed when the building was remodeled and converted into the Water's Edge Hotel.
Mr. Wren is survived by his wife of 27 years, Constance Wren; three children by his first marriage to Suzanne Wren: John Bennett Wren Jr. of Ashland, Ore., Tally Wren of Hopland and Charles Wren of Scottsdale, Ariz.; a sister, Pamela Wren Larson of Ross; three grandchildren, Joshua Wren Perston of Trinidad, Simone Wren of Portland, Ore., and Alison Wren of Anchorage; and one great-grandchild, Taylor.
No services will be held.

 

Published July 1, 2015

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