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Robert M. Winsor
BURLINGTON — Robert M. Winsor, a proud U.S. Veteran, family man and outdoorsman, died unexpectedly Wednesday evening, Feb. 5, 2014, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. A resident of the Town of Burlington, he was 63.
Born Oct. 6, 1950, in Cooperstown, Bob was a son of the late Elbert Sexton Winsor and Aletta Fleda Mahan.
In his youth he attended school in Cooperstown. Then during his high school years he moved to Virginia and graduated in 1970, from J. E. B. Stuart High School in Falls Church.
After graduating from high school he enlisted in the United States Army. For the next seven years served his country during which time he was stationed at Fort Sill in Oklahoma and had one tour of duty in Vietnam.
Upon receiving his honorable discharge from the military, Bob returned to his native Cooperstown and was employed at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital. He continued working for Bassett and for the past 17 years was in the housekeeping department at Bassett’s clinic in Herkimer.
Throughout his life Bob was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed deer hunting and fishing. He was also a fan of NASCAR (Tony Stewart was his favorite driver) and he enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200.
Most of all Bob enjoyed family gatherings, especially when there was a bonfire (the bigger, the better!)
Bob is survived by his wife of 18 years, Linda, whom he married on Nov. 25, 1995, in a ceremony at the First Baptist Church of Burlington. He is further survived by his daughter, Rebecca Floyd and her husband, Marc of Oviedo, Fla.; two stepchildren, Kevin Rous and his wife, Kim of West Burlington and Kristie Willix and her husband, Marty of Victor; seven grandchildren, Darby Floyd, Justin, Jason and Jordan Rous, George Willix, and Max and Marissa Willix; one great-grandchild, Jaiden Rous; his mother-in-law, Wanda Tiffany; and a sister-in-law, Barbara Murphy, both of Burlington Flats; and aunts, uncles and cousins, including a special aunt, Barbara Warner of Apopka, Fla. Bob will be greatly missed by his canine friends, Sammy, Lucy and Ricky.
In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his brother, Stephen E. Winsor; and a granddaughter, Erika Rous.
Later this spring family and friends will be invited to a graveside service in the Hartwick Seminary Cemetery. The Rev. Barry Davis, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Burlington will officiate and military honors will be accorded.
In lieu of flowers, Bob’s family respectfully requests that memorial donations be made to the Edmeston Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 111, Edmeston, NY 13335, or the American Heart Association-Heart Gifts Processing Center, P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220-3049, or to assist Veterans, the Stratton VA Medical Center, 113 Holland Ave., Albany, NY 12208.
Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Published on  February 13, 2014
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