1930 – 2018
Woodstock – John W. Winstanley, 88, of Lyon Hill Rd., passed away on Monday, June 25, 2018. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he was the middle son of three, of the late Arthur and Catherine (Murphy) Winstanley. He was predeceased by his brothers, Arthur and Bernard.
Mr. Winstanley was a United States Army veteran who proudly served his country during the Korean War. He was the English Department Coordinator and teacher for Elmont Memorial High School in New York City for many years. Formerly a resident of Brooklyn, NY, he retired to Woodstock in 1985 where he did volunteer work for the New Roxbury Land Trust, Woodstock Garden Club, Woodstock Historical Society, PARTS and the Woodstock Theft Detecting Society. He enjoyed gardening, traveling, art and literature. He was a very cultured man. John will be remembered by many for hosting the annual, “Thanksgiving in the Woods” celebration, a long-standing Thanksgiving Day tradition among many families, at which he and his partner in life, Jack Mona, presided.
John is survived by many relatives and friends, including his nephew(s), Bernard Winstanley and Ken Miller; his nieces, Catherine Miller, Ellie Ricci, and Alice Winstanley; his great-niece and Godchild, Leighla Jaymes Kelly; and his close friends Penny & David Foisey. He was predeceased by his partner of 60 years, John E. “Jack” Mona.
Relatives and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial for John at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday July 7, 2018 in Most Holy Trinity Church, 568 Pomfret Rd, Pomfret, CT. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Putnam, CT. Memorial donations may be made to New Roxbury Land Trust, P.O. Box 98, Woodstock, CT 06281. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.