Christopher T. Winders Sr.

June 12, 1927April 18, 2019

Christopher Thomas Winders, Sr. of Quincy, beloved husband of the late Florence Dodson Winders, entered into rest April 18, 2019 at the age of 91.

Known to many as “the old timer by the bridge”, Chris was born June 12, 1927 in his family home to Christopher and Maude (Currier) Winders. Chris lived most of his entire civilian life in the family homestead, where his grandparents, William and Martha Winders had raised their family after emigrating from England to the United States.

Chris attended Norfolk Agricultural School until 1945 when he left to proudly serve in the US Army overseas in Germany during WWII. Upon return, Chris began working as a roofer and established himself as C.T. Winders Roofing Co., where he spent 60 years mastering the art of slate and repairing roofs all around Quincy and greater Boston.

In 1949 he joined the John Hancock Lodge, which later merged with and became Massachusetts Lodge #1. He dedicated 70 years of brotherhood to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) and was honored to serve as Grand Master from 1975 – 1976 and later as the Grand Patriarch of the Grand Encampment of Massachusetts.

In 1974, Chris married the love of his life, Florence Dodson (Horstman), where they had 31 years of fellowship, dancing and marriage before her death in 2005.

Cherished father of Christopher T Winders, Jr and wife Christine, of Quincy; step father of Christine Loring of Winthrop, Charlene Barter of Winthrop, and Loreen Gould of Derry, NH. Devoted grandfather and “Baba” of Alyson Rae, Timothy Barter, Sidney Winders, Winston Winders, and Quinton Winders. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews and his beloved brother, Clifton Winders of Holbrook.

He is predeceased by his loving wife, parents, and brothers Sidney Winders and Robert Winders.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visiting hours on Thursday, April 25th from 4-8 pm at Dewares Funeral Home, 576 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 26th at 11:00 am in the funeral home with burial following at Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Chris’ memory to the Norfolk Agricultural Foundation, 400 Main St, Walpole, MA 02081.


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Gail (Winders) Durante

April 25, 2019

To Chris Jr., his wife Christine and all the rest of the Winders clan (there aren't too many of us old ones left) .....I just want to say I'm so sorry for the loss of Ba Ba. I am Cyril's daughter, Gail..... so I believe that makes me his second cousin. Also, I am Brianna's grandmother. She talked of Ba Ba so often and was so very fond of him. They had so many wonderful talks as he shared his memories with her. I wish I knew him better, sadly families don't always seem to get together often. God bless him and may he rest peacefully in God's loving arms.

marie morrow

April 25, 2019

Chris, Steve and I are so sorry for your loss. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Marie Morrow

Brianna Scolaro

April 25, 2019

I'm very glad I got to know Baba. He greeted me every day with a "Good Morning Brianna" and he told some very interesting stories. It was good to get to know him and another side of my family, even if it was a distant.

He loved being with people and especially the kids. He would chuckle about how loud they could get playing and then call them over to give them some of his chips.

And oh did he love babies. He would spend an hour just staring down at little Quinton and holding his hand.

You were a really great person Baba. You'll be missed.