OBITUARY

George C. Winn

August 24, 1931June 3, 2019
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George C. Winn passed away Monday, June 3, 2019, at the age of 87. In his final days as always, he enjoyed time with family and friends.

Born in 1931 in Lakeland, FL, George graduated from Lakeland High School in 1949. He received a Naval ROTC scholarship to Tulane University, from which he earned a Bachelor of Laws in 1954. Upon graduation he was commissioned in the U.S. Navy and served on the destroyer USS Cowell out of San Diego, CA, on cruise in the Far East following the Korean War. After three years of active duty, he served in the Navy Reserves until 1967.

In 1957, George moved with his wife and young family to Tampa, FL, to practice law at Fowler White, where he quickly made partner. He was President of the Young Lawyers Division of the Florida Bar, president of the Jaycees, and on the University of Tampa Foundation Board. In 1971 he moved to Virginia to pursue business interests. George remarried and returned to Tampa in 1983 to open a private law practice at Winn & Associates, from which he retired in 1999. After retirement he remained active as an investor and consultant for several successful family businesses. George was an avid bridge player, a voracious reader and sports enthusiast. He loved to travel with his family, spending many vacations on his boat in the Bahamas and Virgin Islands, as well as skiing in Colorado.

George is predeceased by his parents, Scott and Anna Boskey Winn, and brother-in-law Jack Pridgen. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Nancy Rakita Winn, children Scott Winn II (Sally), Kathy Ervin (John), Mary Francis Roebuck (Stephen), Matthew Winn (Amanda), and Megan Wendell (Andrew); sister Shirley Pridgen; grandchildren Avery, Charlie and Andrew Winn; John (Ana), Jason and Sam Ervin; Kate and Chelsea Parker; Everett Winn; and Connor and Scarlett Wendell; and former spouse Mary Myers Winn.

A celebration of life service will be held on Sunday, June 9th at 2pm at Hyde Park United Methodist Church, 500 W. Platt St., Tampa, FL 33606. Interment will take place on Monday, June 10th at 10am at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. In lieu of flowers, please honor George’s commitment to supporting youth by making a donation to Hyde Park United Methodist’s Dunbar Elementary magnet initiative (https://hydeparkumc.org/memorialgifts) or Starting Right, Now (http://startingrightnow.org/).

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  • George is predeceased by his parents, Scott and Anna Boskey Winn, and brother-in-law Jack Pridgen.
    He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Nancy Rakita Winn, children Scott Winn II (Sally), Kathy Ervin (John), Mary Francis Roebuck (Stephen), Matthew Winn (Amanda), and Megan Wendell (Andrew); sister Shirley Pridgen; grandchildren Avery, Charlie and Andrew Winn; John (Ana), Jason and Sam Ervin; Kate and Chelsea Parker; Everett Winn; and Connor and Scarlett Wendell; and former spouse Mary Myers Winn.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Sunday, June 9, 2019
  • Committal Service Monday, June 10, 2019

Memories

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Kelly Fluharty

June 11, 2019

We have so many great memories of George, and this one of our favorites. He sang our sweet baby Brett to sleep on his chest.

David Goldman

June 10, 2019

Nancy,

I never really had an opportunity to tell George how much he impacted my legal career, so I will tell you. Were it not for George I would not have ever had the opportunity to practice personal injury law or to relocate to Sarasota, where I have practiced and resided for the past 30 years. I had a chance to meet up with George about 15 years ago, when I changed law firms and sought his advice and counsel. I was able to tell him how much I appreciated all he had done for me in the past but not to the extent that I would have liked.

Listening to your son Matt (who has become such an impressive young man), and Mary Francis and Scott yesterday touched on so many of the things that made George so special and memorable. It made me recall the songs he would sing (I remember one called "the Junior Partner" that sticks in my head), his gregarious, good-humored, direct and sometimes blunt demeanor, his large hands and out-sized personality. So many memories of my time with him (and it was only for four years!) all of which made me smile and reflect.

There are so many incalculable ways he affected me without me even knowing it. His personality has rubbed off on me and influenced how I approach clients and marketing and just how I carry myself as a lawyer. Like George, I am even in my own second marriage and our son turned 10 months yesterday. In fact, that is why I was unable to stay after the service and attend the celebration. My wife had arranged for a party for our son with her family late yesterday afternoon. Still I wanted to be at the memorial service and to let you to know how much George had impacted my life, more than 30 years after we had first met.

I am grateful to have known him and to have learned from him. I hope that his passing was not too difficult and realize the giant void left by his absence, as he was a giant man in every sense of the word.

David Goldman

Linda Courier Seegers

June 9, 2019

I have such amazing memories of watching Berkeley baseball games and the treasured friendship of our sons and their families. His love for Nancy and his children and friends is something to admire and emulate. He will be so missed by all of us. His booming voice and kindness are special to all who knew him. So grateful to have known him and his devoted family.

With love,

Linda Courier Seegers

Amy Palumbo

June 8, 2019

Dear Nancy and family,
I offer my sincere condolences and keep you all in my prayers. May George Rest In Peace.

Ann Martino Price

June 8, 2019

Nancy and all family members: George was such a generous and great man. He trained so many young attorneys in the practice of law. I am forever grateful for him giving me my first legal job in Tampa. I am sure the numerous attorneys he has ethically trained through the years join me in this expression of gratitude. May you Rest In Peace. Ann Martino Price

Bill & Fran Russell

June 7, 2019

Nancy,
We were deeply saddened to learn of your great loss and want you and your family to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Thinking of George makes us smile. He was larger then life and had a life well lived. We have warm memories of your time in Va.,your beautiful wedding,and of our visit to Fl.and your beautiful sailboat Captained by George and first mate Megan.
Bill joins me in sending our very deepest sympathies to you and all your family.
Love, Fran

Frances Nettles

June 7, 2019

Sending prayers for comfort, peace, and assurance to George's family and friends during this difficult time. May our Lord bless and keep you in His Care. Frances Nettles, Chaplain of De Soto Chapter D.A.R.

Cathy Gibson-Hofmann

June 7, 2019

4 years ago in the BVI! ❤️

Marian and Tim Hartle

June 7, 2019

All of our love and prayers to you and your family Nancy. We remember the times we shared with you and George when you were living in Fairfax! These are the memories we cherish--good times with beloved friends.

Cathy Gibson-Hofmann

June 6, 2019

Nancy, my prayers are with you and the family.
I so remember the first time meeting both you and George; seeing the Rays with Jack at Tropicana and George was giving me directions on how to get to the field (talk about a backseat driver).
I loved all the adventures Jack and I went on with you and George- love you

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