Gregory D. Winter Obituary
Gregory D. Winter, 68, of Westfield NJ died peacefully in his sleep on Monday July 3, 2017 while on vacation in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Visitation will be at Gray Funeral Home in Westfield on Thursday July 20 from 4-8 PM. A funeral service will be held on Friday July 21 at 11 AM at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 414 E. Broad Street in Westfield. An interment ceremony for family and friends will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Westfield. Arrangements are by Gray's Funeral Directors, Westfield. You may go to grayfuneralhomes.com for on line condolences.
Greg lived in Newark NJ during his early years and then moved to Iselin NJ with his family during his teenage years. He attended high school at Seton Hall Prep and undergraduate school at Rutgers University. After college, he worked for Kemper Insurance Company in Summit where he met his beloved wife Linda (Gillie) Winter. While at Kemper, he obtained his M.B.A. degree at Rutgers and then left Kemper to study law at New York Law School in Manhattan, New York. After being admitted to the New Jersey Bar, he joined the law firm of Methfessel and Werbel in Rahway NJ. A few years later, Greg and a colleague began their own law partnership, Winter & Winkler, with offices in Livingston, NJ. He retired from the law firm in 2014 after thirty-two years.
Greg was a dedicated member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Broad Street in Westfield. He served the Church as Warden for several years in the 1990's, faithfully attended church services and chaperoned summer youth volunteer trips. He also represented the Episcopal Church in New Jersey in various legal cases and developed an expertise in that area.
Greg looked after his mother, caring for her until his death. He was a very loving and devoted son.
He loved to spend time with his wife Linda who passed away in November 2012. They enjoyed vacations in Cape Cod every summer as well as taking trips to the Outer Banks NC and weekend getaways to Annapolis Maryland and Wilmington DE.
Greg and Linda were avid football fans and held Giants season tickets for many years. They would generously take Linda's nephews and niece to games each year including the famous snowball game.
Greg also loved to be with family never missing family get-togethers for birthdays, weddings, sports events, dance recitals, holidays and clam bakes with Linda's cousins at the beach.
He loved to read and had a special interest in books about the civil war period. He had a great ability to remember all sorts of facts and details â you could always ask him an historical question and he would have the answer.
Greg was predeceased by his wife Linda, his father George Winter and his sister Georgeanne (Winter) Pearsall. He is survived by his mother Anne Mary (Semenock) Winter of Iselin NJ, brother-in-law Bruce Gillie and his wife Dana of Scotch Plains NJ, nephew Jeffrey Gillie of Encinitas CA, nephew Douglas Gillie and his wife Ashley of San Diego CA, and niece Christine (Gillie) Mahoney and her husband Mathew of Branchburg NJ. He is also survived by his sister's children, niece Coleen Fletcher and husband Gregg of Budd Lake NJ, niece Maureen Pearsall of Great Meadow NJ and nephew Robert Pearsall of Morristown NJ.
In lieu of flowers, if you would like to make a donation, please contribute to St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Westfield, 414 E. Broad Street, Westfield NJ 07090, in honor of Gregory D. Winter.