1948 - 2021
William J. Gormley Funeral Home
2055 Centre Street
West Roxbury, MA
WINKLER, Steven Wayne Sr. "Steve" Dedicated Husband, Father, Brother, Friend and Mentor Age 73, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 16, 2021 at 1:15am surrounded by his loving family. He was a loving and devoted best friend and husband of 50 years to Betsy (Reynolds) Winkler. Born July 9th, 1948 in Boston, Steve was the son of the late F. Wayne and F. Audrey (Lambert) Winkler. He attended Medford public schools class of '67, Lowell Technology Institute, OMC School of Master Mechanics and received his 100-ton Near Coastal Master, Captains License from the USCG. Steve was the definition of a hard worker and took pride in everything he did from building boats to cooking soup. He dedicated his life to teaching, learning and service to others and was well respected by everyone he encountered. Honesty, Integrity and Work Ethic were his core values and he lived them with conviction. He was the President, Franchise Owner and Captain of Sea Tow Boston for 29 years. Prior to that he was the President of Duplin Marine, Inc for 12 years and General Manager of Community Boating, Inc for 9 years. Steve's passions in life included reading, boating, golfing with his buddies (north and south), spending time with his grandchildren Jake(19), Jeremy(5), Phoenix (26), Michaela (23), his fur babies, Jack and Brady, but above all else, Steve loved to live his life of service to others. In addition to his longtime love, Betsy, whom he met on a blind double date back in 1970, Steve is survived by his son, Steven Winkler, Jr, daughter-in-law Kim Ramsey-Winkler, granddaughters, Amy (Pheonix) Ramsey, Michaela Ramsey, son, Jonathan Winkler, daughter-in-law Sandra (Liden) Winkler, granddaughter, Sage Winkler, grandson, Kai Winkler, daughter, Jennifer (Winkler) Forgione Riley, son-in-law James Riley, grandsons, Jake Forgione and Jeremy Riley, brother, Daniel Winkler, brother and best friend, David Winkler, sister-in-law, Amy Parsons, sister Ellen LeBrun, several nieces and nephews, and many, many good friends and colleagues. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend visiting hours at the William J. Gormley Funeral Home, 2055 Centre St., West Roxbury on Thursday, July 22nd from 3-7pm. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in Steve's name to The Sea Tow Foundation for Boating Safety and Education ( and we ask that everyone, who can, to please consider donating blood and blood products to the American Red Cross ( For directions and guestbook, William J. Gormley Funeral Service 617-323-8600

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Published by Boston Globe from Jul. 17 to Jul. 18, 2021.
3:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
William J. Gormley Funeral Home
2055 Centre Street, West Roxbury, MA
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Our sincere condolences go out to Betsy and all the family. He was a great neighbor we always had great conversations about boating and traveling.
Connie and Bob Crosdmam
July 22, 2021
I remember Steve both from his days at Community Boating, and as owner of Duplin Marine in Winthrop, where he helped me with boat repairs on my small sailboat. Always agreeable and willing to help.
Hugh Mattison, Brookline
July 20, 2021
I'd like to send prayers too the whole winkler family I never personally met papa seatow as my daughter s phe and Micheala refered to Steve sr as. He sounds like an amazing man. May he rip and fly high in heaven ty.jar
John Ramsey
July 18, 2021
Dear Betsy and Family, My condolences on Steve´s passing. I carry many fond memories of my "first boss"at Community Boating. I always felt Steve invited us to join the CBI family, and in effect the extended Winkler family.He was a kind mentor bringing us "kids" under his wing and instructing us in the fine art of boat repair, wood work, sailmaking and sailing too. May you and your family find comfort in the many, many fond memories you share. Warm regards and prayers for Steve, Betsy and your family.
Holly Doherty-Lemoine
July 18, 2021
Throughout our years around you, you were always fun, knowledgeable and always willing to help anyone, anywhere, at any time. It was not just the business you were in, it was in you wholeheartedly. You will be missed.... We will miss you..... rest in peace and may God bless your family and give them strength to get through this trying time.
Tim & Lisa Morgan
July 18, 2021
A kind and gifted teacher - - Steve recently shared his vast knowledge with me and several students at Northeastern University. Generous with his time and spirit, he taught, inspired, and represented all the best qualities of an exceptional mariner and a wonderful citizen. We are grateful for his time with us, and for his life with all who were so fortunate to know Steve.
Court Booth
July 18, 2021
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