Credited with bringing Ireland’s waterways into the imagination of the nation, Dick was on a boat near Ballinasloe when he took ill.
Apart from his television and radio work, he was a columnist with The Irish Examiner. His career spanned more than 40 years and it is estimated he left a valuable body of work comprising over 90 documentaries.
President Higgins said Mr Warner was ‘a dedicated environmentalist as well as a wonderful filmmaker and his beautiful work on the canals of Ireland was outstanding’.
Dick lived in County Kildare but in years past he was a regular visitor to Waterford. When his late father, Paddy Warner, retired as Headmaster of a prestigious German school, he came to live in Annestown, County Waterford. He was the last person to teach Latin at Newtown School and wrote a book on The Comeraghs that was highly acclaimed.
The late writer Sir Terry Pratchett once said that nobody was actually dead until the ripples they caused in the world had also died away. If that’s the case, Dick Warner will live on for a very long time.