I was truly saddened to learn of Jeff's passing. I had previously moved away and only recently learned of it. He was an extremely sweet and caring man. I met him just prior to Wild Sage's opening and was immediately impressed by his warmth and enthusiasm. I have several items in my home from Wild Sage, and enjoyed talking with Jeff each time I went into the store. My deepest condolences to the family...he was a special person.
I was just (August, 2014) searching for Jeff's contact information in the Colgate Alumni Directory with every intention of calling him. I put it off too long. When I saw the inscription "Deceased," across Jeff's entry in the directory I was shocked and didn't believe it. It had to be a mistake. I wondered how to contact his sisters that I knew so well and couldn't figure a way to do it. I finally Googled and found this obituary. What a note of finality! I grew up with Jeff in Cazenovia. We were in Explorers together and were fraternity brothers at Colgate. Summers we took road trips to Lake George and Cape Cod in his father's MGA. Jeff rode second seat on my Honda 50 motor scooter. I was his best man at his first (I think) wedding. The "I think" tells you that we had fallen out of touch. Yet I always thought that I would see him one more time again. Let this be a lesson to all. You can imagine the sadness; I can't begin to think how his father and brothers and sisters feel: you have my heartfelt condolences.
My condolences to you all. I knew Jeff through Wild Sage. Although I enjoyed browsing the entire store, mostly I shopped there for books and he'd often ask how many I was currently reading as I often read 3 at a time. Such a loss for you and for Pittsfield! Be comforted by God's peace.
Jeff was one of the first people I met 12 years ago when I bought a house in Pittsfield - I went to a Tag Sale he was running and spent $30 for a few pieces of furniture. He offered to deliver it for free since I lived 1/4 mile away, and he ultimately brought me two truckloads of furniture and another truckload of bushes. That was the best $30 deal ever. I frequented Wild Sage over the years, and he sold some of my artwork at his store a few years ago. He was always smiling and encouraging everyone to be constructive and creative and optimistic. He will be missed.
May you find that treasure in the sky...
Jeff became my first Berkshire landlord when I moved here in 1988. He was cheerful and resourceful, with a can-do attitude. The property was a quaint and charming guest house on East Main in Stockbridge, and had outbuildings full of old chairs hanging from the collar ties. Jeff lived in the main house just across the driveway. In the busyness of life we saw little of Jeff, but he always came through when we needed him. My housemate asked for a washer and dryer, amenities previously absent--done. When the price of gas spiked in the winter, I asked if I could install a woodstove--no problem. The Walk to Prevent Homelessness was routed down East Main Street that year, and as I walked past I saw throngs of people in our driveway. There was Jeff and his chairs, and considerably more stuff. I stepped out of the walk briefly to see a wonderful yard sale in progress, Jeff in his glory. When the walk was over, I came home to find a few treasures left, and still have a set of retro tea bag holders from that day.
God bless Jeff Winslow.
He was so good to me he gave me an account so I could buy furniture for myh home and then he purchased all of canan ny Grange he was great friend
Dear Jeff, Always such a nice person & a good friend. You will be missed.
Dear Winslow Family, May God bless you in this time of sorrow.
Pittsfield lost its greatest salesperson! I miss are many lunches we had at the Highland in the 80s and are enthusiasm for Pittsfield. I think Jeff would use his own guest book as an opportunity to sell Pittfield in fact would I expect him to. Rest well Jeff and don't worry someday people will wake up to what we could see in Pittsfield. My prayers and thought are with you
I sat next to Jeff in the band and orchestra at Cazenovia Central School. I drove by the former Winslow home last week and wondered how and where they all were. I was in Ann's class and knew the whole family. My condolences to all.
Wild Sage was such a unique place and it was so evident that Jeff made it so. I loved walking through and discovering all that was inside. I too had several uplifting conversations with him - mostly small talk, but Jeff made everyone feel at home and he also held the door for me several times upon my leaving. My sympathies to his family.
My sincere condolences to Jeff's family. His enthusiasm coupled with kindness was an welcome addition to Downtown Pittsfield. I have many fond memories of Jeff bouncing into my store, bubbling with a new plan to market downtown, sometimes great ideas, sometimes pretty far out, but always delivered with enthusiasm and Jeff's omnipresent smile. As quick as his arrival was his departure, off to enlist others, leaving me with a smiling. It was very apparent he really loved what he was doing. I will miss him.
Jeff was a dear friend, someone who taught me to search out treasures and keep asking questions . His love of all things beautiful inspired me to seek out treasures for family and friends ! My time spent with Jeff will be treasured forever. The world was made a better place, I was made a better person by this sweet gentle caring man ! Rest in peace my friend with the beautiful smile ....you will be missed !
Pittsfield lost its greatest cheerleader. Jeff believed in the city, and the people in it. We all must remember his positive enthusiasm.
to Jeff s family he will be missed and may god help you and your family in this sad time Jeff was A nice man to be Friends with
To the Winslow Family,
Jeff will be missed, sorry for your loss.
Jeff and I met during his real estate days, but got to know each very well in recent years working the Pittsfield Farmers Markets together. Jeff was a tireless worker with a dedication to revive activities in downtown Pittsfield including the Farmers Markets. His efforts were not in vein, his legacy lives on thanks to Jeff good efforts...
Jeff you were a good friend and did so much for everyone . We will miss you,thanks for everything.
Aldo and Nancy Battaini
Jeff, I am so grateful to have known you and I will never forget that wonderful smile of yours!
I remember when I first met you 8 yrs. ago How unorganized your store was and how enthusiastic you were. Mentioned that I had a daughter that had great organizational skills and would be a great fit for your store and you said I don't hire people you don't know but you were willing to give her your e-mail. You ended up hiring her and became great friends over the last 8 years. You meant a great deal to her and I know she's devastated by your loss. We will all miss you. Michele Bartlett
Jeff, thanks for being a great friend to me. When I think of you, I will smile. I will be missing you. To your family, I hope that you find peace and comfort, that God keeps you close to Him during this very difficult time. Mr. Winslow, you raised an amazing son.
A sweet and kind man passed away this week. He was a shopkeeper down the street from our condo. He ran a consignment/antiques establishment and given my proclivity for all things "vintage" I'd met him many times. Most recently I found myself in need of a book and with no cash. Without hesitation he said, "take it, you'll be back." And I was. When I finally made it back, cash in hand (oh the holidays!) we chatted for awhile - about vintage china, the history of the plates I was buying - that I had coveted for over 2 years - and the best way to care for a better made product in a shoddily constructed world.
During that conversation, while he insisted on individually wrapping my brand "new" green glass dinner plates with sectional dividers, we chatted about many things. I don't remember many exacts of what we exchanged, just how nice it was to talk to someone clearly enjoying his life, a rare find in these parts.
He was only 67 when he passed away and easily twice my age but he wasn't creepy or over the top, just a sweet old man, seemingly surrounded by things he enjoyed and with a twinkle in his eye. While he was ringing me up, I said something that made him laugh - a nice hearty laugh and he told me, "oh I just love you I can tell! We are going to be great friends." I smiled and said I hoped so as I hoisted my individually wrapped box of plates. He got the door for me and we bid farewell. And that was it.
We didn't really have a chance to be better friends because here I am writing about his passing far too soon after the plates purchase, but I like to think we would have been good neighbors. Despite our short lived camaraderie, his passing affected me and I think that is a testament to the power of a nice and positive person. So for Mr. Winslow's sake - smile at someone today, go treasure hunting, hold a door, and for god's sake - never put china in the dishwasher.
Being an avid reader of history and politics,I always knew,I could count on Wild Sage to have the most interesting selection. Jeff was so pleasant to talk with and a plethora of knowledge. I will miss seeing the sidewalk wares that were displayed. He will be missed and North Street will not be the same without him,and taking a moment to stop in to chat.
Jeff, you will be so missed.
I miss Jeff and every time I walk past Wild Sage I will always remember him. He was so kind to me when I came into the store to look around and purchase an item or two. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and all who got to meet and talk to him. God Bless. Leslie
To Jeff's Family,
I was deeply saddened to learn of Jeff's passing. I always enjoyed wandering through his store. He was very friendly. I had no idea he was from Central NY.
My condolences to all of you.