Winters, Geoffrey J.
Geoffrey J. Winters, born in Brooklyn, NY to Dorothy J. Stevens Winters and James J. Winters on December 9, 1942 passed suddenly January 7, 2014, in Greenwich, Ct. Geoff , "Wints" was an athlete from the time he was very young, showing a strong interest in tennis, paddle tennis, skiing, football and ice hockey. After becoming an accomplished student athlete, he went on to shoot for the United State Marine Corp, learning skeet and trap shoot, to which he was skillfully accomplished beyond his years. A sport he loved tremendously. Geoffrey moved to Greenwich with his parents when he was young and was the son of an accomplished corporate lawyer for the US Government and Dictaphone Corporation. His Mother was a successfully real estate broker in Greenwich. Geoff graduated from The Brunswick School, in Greenwich, CT and went on to attend The New Hampton School, graduating in 1962. After New Hampton Geoff attended the Sorbonne, in Paris France, majoring in European Economics, and The George Washington University, majoring in Economics. Later, he went on to attend the New Your Institute of Finance to prepare himself for a long and successful career on Wall Street. His pedigree of being a direct ancestor of Robert Morris, signer of the Declaration of Independence & financier of the Revolutionary War, is no surprise when you realize the legacy he went on to create in the business world.
While in college Geoff decided to enlist in the U. S. Marine Corps. This is where he developed his keen eye for marksmanship. He was honorably discharged, Lance Corporal in May of 1972. After service, he started on Wall Street and later went on to become Managing Directors for some of the big Wall Street Investment houses, like Lehman Brothers, Paine Webber and Grunthal & Co. He structured private & public offerings, for over 50 companies, won 30 plus awards for his deals & loved every second of the game. He had an intelligent sense for numbers and knew how to strategically structure several types of deals. After a long stretch on Wall Street Geoff decided to fund a company and later on one simple idea evolved into a co-invention of an award winning, innovative Carbon monoxide detection & shut down system for furnaces. Eventually, this product went on to corner the market. The name of the company was Ultraguard Corporation. Having his own company was his dream and he approached the growth, R & D, and learning curve with extreme optimism. Several years later Mr. Winters went on to more creative endeavors and he loved being on his own and working with small to mid size companies. He was a member of The Belle Haven Club of Greenwich, Ct and the Glens Falls Tennis & Swim Club, to which he proudly sat on its board for the past 1 ½ years, while in the Adirondacks. Additionally, he was a past long standing member of the Camp Fire Club of America, Christ Church of Greenwich and The First Presbyterian Church of Glens Falls. For many years he was a resident of Greenwich, but in the past few years he had retired to Queensbury, NY with his wife and two small children and here he could ski after school with the girls, take rides to Vermont, go swimming in Lake George and visit many of the spectacular Adirondack attractions, a place he loved very much. He is survived by his wife Tia R. Winters, of Queensbury, NY, their two children, Alexandra R. Winters & Alyssa J. Winters. Also, he is survived by his beloved oldest daughter, Christina Winters Blaustein and her husband Howard Blaustein, from New York City, which was from his first marriage to Janie Larkin Miller of Greenwich, CT and Charleston, SC. He was also survived by his second wife Dana Monro Winters, of Darien, CT. This summer he became of proud grandfather of Reife Blaustein. He is also survived by several cousins on both sides of his family. The funeral services were privately held @ Christ Church in Greenwich, Ct. Thursday January 16th . In Lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to be made to "The Winter's Family Educational Trust Fund", for Alexandra and Alyssa Winters (11 & 13). The fund is being established by Greenwich friends of the family. Please send checks to The Winter's Family 43 Cedar Court Queesnbury, NY 12804, made out to the fund name.