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August 16, 2013

Robert A. Winn


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.

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