DONALD FRANCIS WINSLOW, 87
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LAKELAND - Donald F. Winslow, 87, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at Clare Bridge Place, Lakeland, due to complications from Alzheimer's disease after of a long, well lived life.
Donald was born February 28, 1926, in Lawrence Massachusetts to the late Franklin Lowell Winslow and Evelyn Procter Winslow.
He is survived by his loving wife of twenty-nine years, Sarah Helms Winslow.
He leaves behind: three children from a previous marriage, Anne C. Winslow and partner Frances Henderson of Carrboro, NC, Mark C. Winslow and wife Katie Winslow of Sunrise, FL, Katherine Winslow Killea and husband, Paul Killea of Cheshire, CT, and three stepchildren, Katharine Wooten, Ashley Wooten and Elizabeth Wooten Antaya and husband Jason of Lakeland. Donald delighted in his six grandchildren Jennifer and Liam Killea, Grace and Anna Winslow and Adam and Carmen Antaya.
Donald grew up in Mathuen, Massachusetts and spent summers among extended family in Portland, Maine. A veteran of WWII, he served in the Army Air Force, and was stationed in the South Pacific. He was awarded The Soldiers Medal for Valor and a Purple Heart.
Donald was graduated from Seton Hall University in 1952, Phi Beta Kappa, with a BA in Spanish and Accounting. He used his education to great advantage in his career as a management consultant with Deloitte, Haskins and Sells in New York City. He was fortunate to travel the world for the job he loved, before retiring as a Partner in 1986.
Donald nurtured many interests throughout his life and gave much of his resources, both physical and financial to them. He loved The Lord, his family, his church, his community and his country. He was an active member of The First Presbyterian Church of Lakeland and he volunteered for several years fundraising for Talbot House Ministries also in Lakeland.
A keen interest in history led Donald to trace his heritage back to his English roots beginning with several Mayflower ancestors and culminating in membership in the Baronial Order of the Magna Carta, and the Military Order of the Crusades. He was pleased to be a member of the Edward Fuller Colony, Society of the Mayflower Descendants, the Sons of the American Revolution, (Past President), the Florida Chapter of the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America (Past Governor), and was also a member of the Maine Chapter. He was a member of the Maine Historical and Yarmouth Historical Societies.
Although he hated the word exercise, Donald loved golf and played whenever he could and wherever he was. He was stubborn and persistent and always wanted to be the very best he could be, which is about as good as it gets in this life.
The family would like to thank Donald's doctors throughout his journey, the kind and caring staff at Clare Bridge Place, and the team of caregivers from Good Shepherd Hospice.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 11am at The First Presbyterian Church with a reception to follow in the Welcome Center.
Memorials may be sent to The First Presbyterian Church of Lakeland, 175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland, FL 33801, Talbot House Ministries, 814 N. Kentucky Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33801, or Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Avenue, Auburndale FL 33823.
Condolences may be sent to the family at
Heath Funeral Chapel
328 South Ingraham Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33801
Published in Ledger from July 4 to July 5, 2013