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June 19, 2014

William Winans

William Winans

William H. (Bill) Winans Jr. of Norwich passed away unexpectedly on Saturday June 14, 2014.

He was born in Amsterdam on Oct. 26, 1946, to William Winans Sr. and the late Anne (Gladd) Winans.

Bill graduated from Bryant College in Rhode Island with a degree in business administration in 1970, after which he spent 12 years managing the Winans Men’s Shop in Norwich from 1974 to 1986. He then worked for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Utica from 1988 to 2001. Most recently, Bill had been a bus driver for the Norwich City School District and Oneonta Public Transit.

Bill was very active in the community as a long-time member of Lions Club, a past president for the Norwich Marching Band Parents and school board member. He was also an avid golfer. Bill was very active in his children’s lives and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his large family.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy Winans; father, William Winans Sr.; children, Melinda (Edward) Spiegel, Natalie Winans (Jamie Slater), Joel Winans (Katt Cassata), Liza Winans (fiancé, Larry VonHoltz Jr.); their mother, Diane Natale; and grandchildren, Miles, Cole, Samuel, Trey, Sydney and Madison. He is also survived by his stepchildren, Martha (Jason) Hall, Dale (Dawn) McCall, Herbert (Terri) McCall, Carrie (Tom) Hodge; sisters-in-law, Donna (Ralph) Amatuccio and Stephanie (David) Wright; brother-in-law, Richard Mondore; as well as 22 step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren.

Calling hours for Bill will be from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at the Wilson Funeral Home in Norwich, with a memorial service to immediately follow. The Lions Club invites everyone to come and honor Bill at the Lutheran Church in Norwich following the memorial service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Department of Ophthalmology Center for Vision Research, 550 Harrison St., Suite L, Syracuse, NY 13202.

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