Frederick S. Winn Jr.
SUFFOLK - Frederick "Freddie" Saunders Winn Jr., 71, passed away Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, at home with his son, Brian at his side. Fred had been fighting ALS-Lou Gerig's Disease for several years.
Fred and his wife, Edie, who preceded him in death, owned and operated Winn Hardware in downtown Smithfield for over 23 years. They were well know for having exactly what you needed to repair anything. Nobody ever left the store without more than they came in with, whether it was a tip, advice, or just a smile. Many local teenagers got their start at Winn Hardware and today are some of our most successful adults in town.
Prior to owning his own store, Fred was employed at Horne Brothers in Newport News and became vice-president and general manager in 1978, before leaving with 22 years of service. Fred was a member of the Williamsburg Country Club, where he served for two years as its president.
Fred leaves to cherish his memory his son, Brian W. Winn; his sister, Jean Page Gammon (Carlton) of Newport News; many cousins, nieces and nephews; special friends, Suzzann S. Pittman and Ashley Baird; and his beloved dog, Windy.
A service celebrating Fred's life will be conducted at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at Colonial Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dr. Donald R. Rhoton officiating, followed by visitation. Burial will be private.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the ALS Association-DC/MD/VA, 7507 Standish Place, Rockville, MD 20855
Arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, Smithfield. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published by Daily Press from Feb. 24 to Feb. 25, 2009.
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It was a pleasure to know Fred and his family. I only wish I could have known them before the ALS.
My thoughts are with the family.
Kristen Keller
February 26, 2009
I am thankful for knowing such a character as Fred Winn.
I worked at the Winn hardware store like many teen and twenty-something’s in the town of Smithfield, and found it to be a time I will never forget.
Mr. and Mrs. Winn instantly showed wit and compassion and I will always be thankful for their kindness and hospitality they showed me during my time in Smithfield.
It saddens me to hear of the loss of Mr. Winn and I wish my best during these hard times.
Brian Anderson
February 25, 2009
I suspect I spent $20,000.00 at Winn Hardware over a 10 year period while fefurbishing an old house in Smithfield. I could have taken my business elsewhere, but I always enjoyed chatting with Fred, and why not? He made me you feel comfortable, knew what was going on in town, and gave great advice. Both he and Edie were good people, neighbors and friends to all of us.
Dan Proctor
February 25, 2009
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