The son of Charles and Mary (Healy) Winchell, he was born in New York City on December 9, 1929.
A graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served during the Korean Conflict. A lifelong railroad engineer and proud union member, he began his career with the New York Central Railroad and retired from Metro-North. He was a longtime resident of Bridgeport, CT, where he moved his young family in 1959.
An active member of the community, John was a Boy Scout leader, a Park City Little League coach and president of the St. Ambrose School PTA. He was a founding member of the Holy Infant Church Council of the Knights of Columbus and was a longtime Third Degree Knight. He enjoyed fishing, golf, and travel.
He is survived by his brother, Charles Winchell (Irene); his sons, John S. Winchell (Heidi) and Charles Winchell (Annmarie); his daughter, Margaret Pansa (Vincent); his grandchildren, Lyle Huneke, Stephen and David Winchell, Michael, Lauren and Samantha Pansa and Jonathan and Kyleigh Winchell; his great-grandchildren, Lyle, Gia, Lily and Braylon; and several nieces and nephews. In addition of his wife, he was predeceased by his daughter, Jeanne Huneke, his son-in-law, Mark Huneke, and his granddaughter, Kara Huneke.
Friends and family may call from 4 – 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 23 at CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Fisher House, 653 Terryville Avenue, Bristol, CT 06010.
A mass of Christian burial will take place on Wednesday, January 24 at 11 a.m. at Holy Infant Church, Orange. Interment will follow at Orange Center Cemetery.
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