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Obituary: David Winrock, 1942-2020

Builder and private pilot "embraced life with all his might"

Published June 8, 2020 at 6:00 a.m.
Updated June 10, 2020 at 2:36 p.m.

David Winrock
  • David Winrock

David J. Winrock was born February 20, 1942, on Staten Island, N.Y. He attended Curtis High School, where he joined the swim team. He continued his life in the water as a lifeguard and scuba diver. Dave went on to become a builder and excavating contractor on Staten Island. He left thousands of buildings and houses in better condition than he found them and built the foundation for many more. By the time he left Staten Island, he said he probably knew 10,000 people there. Dave had many lifelong friends.

There was always a project on hand. Dave, with an affinity for airplanes, became a private pilot and avid flier as a young man. He owned, traded and rebuilt several aircrafts. He denied having any interest in helicopters for 77 years. In 2019, he learned how to fly one. The experience left him wanting more.

His travels took him far and wide in the United States and abroad. Dave biked thousands of miles and crossed the country numerous times by vehicle. In later years, he was accompanied by his wife, Brenda. Recently, two of his sons joined him for a boat trip down the Intercoastal to Florida. They faced a plethora of challenges, which did little to hinder their adventure. After a months of repair on their craft, the crew started out again and reached their final destination during a second trip a year later. They did not linger on the beach.

Many were lucky enough to be taken on rides in his airplane, in the bucket of his beloved backhoe, and in the Chris Craft. Dave was always on the move but would stop and talk a while with acquaintances and strangers. He was interested in what people had to say and how they lived.

Dave had a love for learning. He studied German, was AP- and ASC-certified, and was a self-taught musician. He shared his love of music with those around him. Through it all, Dave remained deeply humble and generous.

On May 31, 2020, David Winrock went into the portal. At the end of his life, he made the choice to be home with his wife and family. He had enjoyed a good life. He is survived by his wife, Brenda (Bennett) Winrock; his three sons, Kevin, Thomas and Fred Winrock; his daughter, Kathy Winrock; his sister, Gloria Budgett; and several grandchildren, lifelong friends and the homes he built. In the end, he claimed one of his greatest life experiences was raising children. Dave will be remembered as a kind man with much to say who embraced life with all his might.

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