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Donald Chester Winfield, 78, loving husband to Deborah (Sampson)
Winfield, passed away on June 21, 2019, after a brief illness.
Born in New York, NY, he was the son of the late Donald and Isabel (Shelly)
Growing up in Tenafly, NJ, Don served as an acolyte in the Episcopal
Church of the Atonement, and was active in school athletics. He was a
graduate of Tenafly High School, and received his Bachelor’s degree in
Economics from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. He had a long successful
career in banking and financial investments, ultimately starting his own
financial investment advising firm, which he retired from in 2014.
Don enjoyed tennis, rock-hopping, hiking, fishing, and was an avid pilot,
participating in numerous fly-ins in the Adirondack Mountains, where
his family had a summer home in Lake Pleasant, NY. He was a
voracious reader, devouring books about history and politics, enjoyed
meeting new people, and sharing his vast knowledge.
Don had a soft spot for animals and welcomed numerous dogs and cats
into his home, many were rescues, the latest being his beloved dog,
YoYo. Don will always be remembered for his sensitive spirit, his
infectious smile, and his feisty, witty humor.
Don found true happiness with his adoring wife and life partner of 37
years, Deborah (Sampson) Winfield. Their favorite place in the world
was St. Maarten, which they visited almost every year and where they
were married on April 19, 2000, as a celebration of their life and
commitment to each other. In recent years, he found tremendous
enjoyment learning about his family ties to descendants of St. Maarten.
He was a devoted and very generous father to his four daughters,
Katherine Shubert, Laura Cokely, Eleanor Hawley, and Stephanie Diltz,
and their families, and to his son Donald Parker, who pre-deceased him.
He is survived by his much loved grandchildren; Joseph, Katie, Melissa,
Nicholas, Sean, Brianna, Casey, Nick, Brenden, Trinity, Clayton, Raquel,
Jordan and Jack and 4 great grandchildren of whom he was very proud.
Also survived by his sister, Shelley Winfield McKay, who he loved and
admired dearly. Their bond was a continual source of inspiration and
support for each other throughout their lives. He also leaves a niece,
Heather Shelley McKay.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Autism Speaks at
www.autismspeaks.org or the Wounded Warrior Project at
support.woundedwarriorproject.org The family would especially like to
thank Jason Bourdjouk, MD, Dragos Cucu, MD of the Intensive Care
Unit at Kent Hospital, the entire 2 nd floor unit, and the ICU for caring for
Don with such kindness and compassion.
All services were private. Per his wishes, Don’s ashes will be buried
alongside his son, Donald Parker in Glastonbury, CT, and in the family
plot at Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, RI.