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August 16, 2013

Robert A. Winn

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ONEONTA — Robert A. Winn passed away on Aug. 14, 2013, with his family by his side, after a very courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He served as an inspiration to all with the courage and strength he displayed, not only during his illness, but throughout his life.

Bobby was born Oct. 29, 1958, the son of Alfred and Barbara (Bell) Winn. He graduated from Oneonta High School in 1977.

Bobby married the love of his life, Jo-Ann Dilello on June 14, 1986.

Bobby was a talented man who was known for so many things. You may recall him as the childhood friend that you shared many memories with throughout your life or as the football coach that had such a passionate love for the game. He might also be known as the person who transformed or adorned your home with one of his one of a kind wood workings.

Bobby's strong faith and values defined his life, and he loved attending church every Sunday and reading the Bible.

As a football coach, he not only tried to teach the fundamentals of the game, he was trying to teach responsibility and respect that would carry you into adulthood.

He was one of the first coaches of the Oneonta Pee Wee league. He followed his first team of junior players to the senior level of the league. He continued to coach at the senior league until he eventually became the varsity football coach for Oneonta Senior High. After stepping down as the coach for OHS, he went back to resurrect the Pee Wee league as the head of the program. Coaching football was just one of Bobby’s many passions.

Bobby was an extremely skilled, highly respected, and sought after master craftsman and cabinetmaker. He was self-employed as the owner of R.A. Winn Enterprises for the past 35 years. His talent of fine woodworking graces the homes of many people that weren't just a customer by the end of the project, but a friend as well.

He took extreme pride in all of his projects and was known for adding unique touches to gifts given to his loved ones. His work was amazing and one of a kind. When asked why he didn't build a bigger business to employ others to spread his work, his reply was because it wouldn't have been made by him.

Not only was Bobby a talented cabinetmaker, he also was known for his painting and lettering abilities. In his late teens he painted all of the signs for the outfield at the Doc Knapp baseball field, as well as those in the old Damaschke baseball field.

Some of his later signs can be seen at Cobleskill Stone Products, the Welcome to Bainbridge sign as you enter the Village off I-88, the Oneonta Plains Cemetery and Otsego Auto Crushers.

For many years he did the pinstriping and lettering on the entire truck fleet for Riddell Bros. Trucking. Bobby would do this work after he had done his full day of woodworking, which is just one example of his strong work ethic and dedication to his craft.

Bobby took great pride in being an involved member of the community. He served on the Oneonta City School Board of Education for many years and was a member of the Main Street Baptist Church.

At home his interests included gardening, baking, tinkering in his workshop, and restoring his 1968 Mustang with his son, Alex. He was often seen cruising to the Golden Guernsey in the Mustang with his great-niece, Ava. He also looked forward to Saturday movie nights with his sisters. Reminiscing with family and friends brought him great joy.

With all of the things that Bobby was involved with, he also had a family that he loved very much. Family was the most important thing in his life and he always found time to be with them.

He is survived by his wife Jo-Ann, and their two children, Kristin (Todd Gould) and Alex, and his beloved grandchildren, Kendall Leila and Jakob Robert. He is also survived by his sisters, LouAnn Harrison, Karen Syron, Analee (Harry) Johnson and Mary Winn; brother, Jim (Roseanne) Winn. Also, his sisters-in-law, Robin (Randy) Winans, Julie Zaveral and Jill (Shawn)Bookhout; and brothers-in-law, Gary (Mindy) Dilello and John 'Jay' Dilello. In addition, he is survived by his aunts and uncles, many nieces and nephews, and numerous special friends.

He was predeceased by his parents.

Friends and family may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 19, at the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, 51 Dietz St., Oneonta.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20 at the Main Street Baptist Church in Oneonta. The burial will immediately follow the service in the Oneonta Plains Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Main Street Baptist Church, 333 Main St., Oneonta, NY 13820.

Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.lhpfuneralhome.com.