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WINSOR, Byron Watson

June 29, 1925 — February 24, 2017

Byron Watson Winsor was born in Petries Crossing on June 29, 1925, the middle child of Levi and Gertrude (White) Winsor, who were stationed there as Salvation Army Officers. He had an older brother, Bernard of Corner Brook and a younger brother Bruce of St. John’s. At the age of 9 years, his mother passed away; subsequently, his father married Susanna Goulding; together, they had a son, Bobby. Byron spent his early years in a number of Newfoundland communities including St. Anthony, Pilley’s Island, Burin, Wesleyville, Bay Roberts, and Musgravetown. At the age of 17, he moved to Corner Brook. and in August, 1948, he married Wavey Robbins, also a child of Salvation Army Officer parents.

Byron worked as a Salesman with Harvey and Company for 18 years; in 1965, he started his own business, Winsor’s Wholesale. At age 59, he was advised to retire from work for health reasons. In retirement he spent countless hours distributing the Salvation Army Sunday Worship service in the form of cassette tapes to church members who were unable to attend in person. The delivery of a cassette included a ‘short?’ visit. He also provided transportation for those who required such to attend church services on Sunday, and to doctor’s appointments, to do banking, grocery shopping, etc. during the week.

Although he rarely spoke about his Faith, it was evident in his daily living; in the honesty and integrity of his spoken language and behavior, in his vigilance to recognize human need and to do everything in his power to address that need, and his intolerance of injustice. He enjoyed his work, was devoted to family, enjoyed fishing and berry picking, but his greatest joy was playing a brass instrument in The Salvation Army band.

He first played at age 14, and was an active bandsman in The Corner Brook Temple Band for 68 years, retiring at age 86. At various times, he played cornet, trombone, baritone, and drums. He loved to reminisce about band trips to Nova Scotia and Bermuda, and summer band camps.

In 2013, declining health brought about a move to Kelowna, B.C. to be closer to family. Predeceased by his parents and three brothers, he leaves to mourn his wife of sixty-eight years, Wavey, his three children and their spouses; Paul (Shirley), Ruth (Neil) Vermeulen, Glenda (Don Russell); four grandchildren, Joanne Murray (Sheldon) Carolyn Scaife (Marc), Carmen Vermeulen and Nigel Vermeulen; five great grandsons, Kelsey, Crawford, Tyler, Lyam, and Kaiylum, as well as many friends and relatives.

A graveside memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery, 1991 Bernard Avenue under the direction of Springfield Funeral Home, Kelowna, BC, Lt. Darryl Burry officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Salvation Army Corner Brook Temple; P.O. Box 20084, Corner Brook, NL; A2H 7T5.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery

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The Salvation Army Corner Brook Temple Link: P.O. Box 20084, Corner Brook, NL; A2H 7T5


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The service for WINSOR, Byron Watson is scheduled for Thursday, March 2, 2017. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery

1991 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna BC


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  • Ruth and Dave Brown says:

    Dear Wavey and family,
    We were saddened to hear of Byron’s passing but we know that he is now with the Lord. Dave has many memories of playing in the band with Byron. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during these days.
    Love Ruth and Dave

  • Sharon (Tiller) Higdon says:

    Wavey & family
    It saddens me to hear of Mr Winsor’s passing. I remember well how he picked our family up for church EVERY Sunday & how both of you were always there for our Mom in so many ways. Please know our thoughts & prayers are with you all as you go through this difficult time.
    Sharon (Tiller) Higdon & Dave

  • Howard Winsor (Doreen) says:

    Wavey and family
    Sorry to hear of my cousin Byron passing. He was a wonderful man ,a true gentleman. I believe the last time we met was about five years ago at the funeral of my sister Marion at Corner Brook.

    Howard Winsor, Dartmouth N.S.

  • Gerald & Mary Curtis says:

    Wavey, we are saddened to read of the passing of Bryon. He was a very caring gentleman, visiting the aged and sick. He never forgot my father (Joe) while he was in Hospital. And of course, you were by his side:)
    We helped him fill his buckets with Blueberries when darkness was nearing. God Bless you.

  • Debbie(Winsor) and Ross Rowsell says:

    Wavey and Family,

    So sorry to hear of Byron’s passing.May the LORD comfort you all at this time.LORD look over the family and give them the strength and courage at this time and the days ahead.Just to let you know that we are thinking of you at this time.

    Hugs to all,
    Ross and Debbie

    Granddaughter of the late Pearce and Rita Winsor

  • Majors Betty & Brian Thomas says:

    To Wavey & Family,
    Saddened to hear of Byron’s passing, but rejoicing in the wonderful life he lived. He was such a kind and generous man and his impact touched every person who knew him. I grew up watching him play in the band and knew his love for the church. He will be greatly missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God be your strength now and forever.

  • Ray and Marion Robbins says:

    Wavey and Family:
    What a marvellous life Byron lived; truly he was a “giver” in every way, and in return, he enjoyed the Lord’s blessings all his days. Marion and I have wonderful memories of our visits with you in Corner Brook. Our prayer is that God will be close beside you and each of your family members as you take this journey. Byron certainly was a true and faithful servant. From your cousins in Cambridge, Ontario: Ray and Marion (Robbins).

  • Darlene Burt says:

    Wavey and family,
    Sending my thoughts and prayers to you across the miles!

  • Glynis MacGibbon (Hewitt) says:

    Dear Wavy and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. To be absent from the body is to be forever with the Lord, Well done thou good and faithful servant.
    Glynis and Alan

  • Woodrow and Rowena White says:

    To Wavey and family,
    Sorry to hear of Byron’s passing,but we rejoice with you knowing that he is now safe in the arms of Jesus. Cherish all the memories you have of Byron. Keeping you all in our prayers..
    Love you all,
    Woodrow and Rowena White

  • Peggy Janes says:

    Mrs. Winsor and famIly,
    I was very saddened to hear of Mr. Winsor’s passing. I have many fond memories of the quiet, friendly man at your home in Corner Brook known to me as Glenda’s Dad. My thoughts , prayers and love are sent to you across the miles.
    Love to all,
    Peggy (Tuff) Janes

  • Cyril and Marina Bishop, Parksville,B.C. says:

    Wavey and family
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you.For sure Byron is now playing in Heaven’s Band. What a wonderful witness he was to all he met, he had no need to talk about his faith, his words and actions said it for him. We are glad we knew him. God Bless.

  • Ann McHugh says:

    Dear Wavey & Family,
    Very sorry to learn of Byron’s passing. He was a very gentle man who always greeted you with a kindly smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. God Bless.

    Ann McHugh

  • Ann McHugh says:

    Dear Wavey & Family,
    My sincere sympathy to you and your family at this very difficult time. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Ann McHugh

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