Gerald E. Winters


Gerald E. Winters 96, succumbed to the rigors of life here on earth to reunite with his Lord and all who have passed before him on June 12, 2020.

Born in Port Henry, NY to William and Helen (Whitford) Winters, the eldest of four children, Jerry developed a love for hunting, fishing and the Adirondacks. A family move brought him to Glens Falls, where he attended High School and developed an enjoyment of riding motorcycles. He rode a 1938 Harley Davidson 74 side valve and was the treasurer for the Glens Falls Motorcycle Club.

World War II brought Jerry’s enlistment in the Army Air Corp from 1943-1946, where he trained as a Pilot and a Tower Operator, with a tour in the Pacific Theatre as a Tower Operator. Jerry was awarded the Army Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Service Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.

Upon his return home and a family move to Round Lake, Jerry was introduced to Eleanor Rogers in front of the Round Lake Post office. They married in September 1946 and began raising their family and building their home in the community. Jerry ultimately secured a job at the Delaware and Hudson Railroad and ended his career 28 years later as the Chief of the Mechanical Department, a job he referred to as his bread and butter.

Jerry became very active in the many communities and organizations in Southern Saratoga County, and through the years he served in many capacities including Deputy Town Supervisor for the Town of Malta, Town Councilman, Member of the Town Board, Planning Board and Zoning Boards, Malta Youth Commission, Malta Veterans Committee, Saratoga County Republican Committee, Malta and Saratoga County Senior Citizens, Malta Bike Trail Committee, Round Lake Little League, treasurer and caretaker of the Dunning Street Cemetery and caretaker, treasurer and secretary of both the Clifton Park and Blue Mtn Lake Fish and Game Clubs, Round Lake Rod and Gun Club, Malta Rotary, Shenendehowa School Board and UNCAS member. In addition, Jerry is a Life Member with nearly 70 years of service to the Round Lake Fire Department, as well as worshiping and serving in multiple positions at the Round Lake United Methodist Church.

In honor of his contributions the Gerald E. Winters Gymnasium at the Malta Community Center has been dedicated to him, as well as the pavilion at the Luther Forest Park dedicated to his service to the community.

In 2004 Jerry was the Hometown Hero recipient for his selfless service to the Round Lake Fire Department and his blood and apheresis donations to the American Red Cross. In addition, in 1984, Jerry was the recipient of an award from the FBI in appreciation for the assistance in the apprehension of a suspect involved in a Round Lake bank robbery.

Jerry loved everything outdoors from hunting and fishing, camping and hiking as well as downhill skiing til he was in his eighties. He also had a passion for wood working and operated Winters Woodshop for a short period. In addition to working with big trains, Jerry also was quite talented constructing and operating his HO train layout he constructed above his garage.

Jerry lost Eleanor after 67 years of marriage in 2013. He is also predeceased by his parents William and Helen, as well as sisters Ann Fox and Nora Swanson. Jerry is survived by his brother William (Anita), his children Geraldine (Rich), Scott, Greg (Karen), and Jeff (Kim), 9 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Jerry is also survived by his loyal companion Marley, who in the latter years you could find waiting in his car at Dunkin Donuts or wherever Jerry went.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic services will be private with a celebration of Jerry’s Life at a later date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, 30 Oakland Ave, Menands, NY 12204 or The Round Lake Fire Department, 13 Curry Rd, Round Lake, NY 12151.

Guest Book

Joseph DiDonna Sr.

Our prayers go out to the Winters family and MANY friends of Jerry. Not only was Jerry a great man he was our friend. Untold time we ask for help, and Jerry would put us on the right track. Until we meet again. May the Gate at heavens door welcome Jerry. God Bless. Rest in Peace. AMEN.

Patrick J Doyle

Jerry you were a man among men.

Carl and Carol Millington

Dear Winters Family,
We were saddened to learn of Jerry’s passing. Jerry and Eleanor were long time friends of my dad and mom. They spent many fun times at the RL Rod and Gun Club together. Jerry and dad being railroad retirees shared many memories. They often met other RR retirees at the 76 diner for breakfast. Jerry was always there when he could volunteer for anything including many chicken bbq’s. When doing many for church he taught Carl the tricks of his trade and he shared his secret sauce with me. We were honored. Jerry was very faithful to our church serving on many committees and attending every Sunday. As Jerry’s RLUMC family looks over at his pew we may not see him physically but we know he’s with us in spirit. We will truly miss his kindness, humor, smile, and the sparkle in his eyes. Jerry we love you and will cherish our memories. Our prayers are with the Winters family.
Carl and Carol Millington and your Church Family

Teri (Gay) Rogers

GerryLee, Scott, Greg, and Jeff -

Your father was one of the most amazing men I've ever met. His love for his wife and family - as well as his community - set him apart from everyone. He adored Eleanor, and I have such warm and wonderful memories of sharing years of coffee breaks at the Malta DD with them. What fun times we shared. We all used to love your Dad's rendition of his favorite poem that started out....."The road to love is never smooth...." LOL! We'd all end up laughing and cheering when he'd finish reciting it. His dedication to Malta was unparalleled; he gave selflessly in all he did, was unfailingly kind, and set a great example of what it means to be a wonderful husband, father, man, and town leader. He taught me so many things, helped me in my job in Malta, and made our working environment at the Town one of professionalism and generosity. I will always remember his gentleness and smile. I am as fond of all of you as I am of him - and my heart goes out to you at this difficult time as you say goodbye to him. I send my heartfelt sympathies and love to each of you and your families. With my love, Teri

Michael & Mary Ellen Sessa

We are friends of Bill and Anita Winters from Edmond, Ok. Bill and Anita would always talk about their trips to see Jerry. We feel like we knew Jerry, what an amazing life. Our prayers with the Winters family.

Mike and Darcy Van Patten

Our deepest and most sincere condolences to the Winters’ Family in the loss of your patriarch!
Gerry was with out a doubt one of the finest, kindest and gentlest persons that we have ever had the pleasure to call our friend. Gerry will always be in our hearts and in our prayers!

Love,

Mike and Darcy Van Patten

Ann Womack

My sincerest condolences. I enjoyed helping to take care of your father. All my love.

SCFOA

The Members and Officers of the Saratoga County Firematic Officer's Association send our condolences to Gerry's and family and Gerry's extended family - The Round Lake Fire Company. May the many fond memories of Gerry help ease the pain you feel. RIP Sir.

David LaMere and Family

Jeff,
We're inspired by the life your father lived and saddened by his passing.
Your family will be in our prayers.

Roger and Linda Cleveland

To the Winters family, you have our sincerest condolences... Jerry was one the finest individuals I have ever had the pleasure of knowing most of my life...Recall when I was a kid I loved watching the trains at the D&H Station in Round Lake... In the late afternoon I would see Jerry get off the train to meet his wife Eleanor waiting to pick him up...Have fond memories of camping with the Winters family back in the '60s...Recall hiking up Hamilton mountain in Speculator with Jerry, Greg and my brother David to visit the Ranger in the fire tower. My wish for Jerry is to Rest In Peace.

Theresa Penttila (Kelly)

Dear Jeff, Greg, and Scott,

I am so sorry for you loss. Your dad was such an amazing man. I remember riding bikes to the end of the street and spending many hours talking to your dad. He was an easy person to chat with and could talk about anything. He had the best smile and his eyes twinkled when he talked. I will remember him fondly as one of the best neighbors for a kid to talk to. I hope your memories comfort you in this difficult time.

Dominick and Marilyn DeLorio

We were sorry to learn of Jerry's passing. As a member of the Greatest Generation Jerry epitomized service to God, country and community. He will be sorely missed.

Lisa Hanley Tymchyn

Jeff and family,
Was so sorry to hear of your Dads passing. Wanted to share our prayers and condolences from the Hanley girls of West Drive. Our neighborhood was a great one growing up, there are few like that anymore. Again, thoughts prayers and sympathy to your family at this difficult time.
Lisa, Erin, and Jennifer Hanley

Alan Walsh

Thank you for your service and generosity to the community

Michael Farinacci

Scott, Greg and Family,
My sincere condolences for the loss of your Father, Brother, Grandfather. May God’s love and peace comfort you. Cherish your memories of him.

Kathy (Wilson) Krochina

I was sad to see that Jerry had passed away...I thought he would live forever and in many of our Round Lake hearts I believe he will. Many years ago I rode back and forth to work in Albany with Jerry. I enjoyed his humor and always his kindness. He was a great guy.

Rose Dickinson

Jeff and Kim, Al and I are sorry for loss. Jeff I know how you made your dad's last years so wonderful and I am sure it made such a difference to him. Sending our love and prayers.

Bill Winters

I am so grateful and happy that I have been able to spend the last 7 years, twice a year for 2 weeks at a time with my brother Jerry. My wife and I have had such great times with him.

Brother Bill
Edmond Oklahoma

Paul Perreault

Your Dad was a wonderful man who made many contributions to our community. He will be missed.

Donna Gizzi

My deepest condolences to Jerry's family. Jerry had the energy of a 20 year old well into his eighties. He was thoughtful, kind and fun to be around. I've missed our ice cream after meetings, your "swing song" when we drove the roundabouts and all of your silly ditties that always made me laugh. You were the same age as my Dad, but as I told you often "if you were 25 years younger, you'd be my boyfriend", and I meant it! You told me before our dear friend Heather passed that you would gladly give up your life so she could live. Now you will join Heather in a peaceful place along with your beloved Eleanor. Thank you Jerry for being my friend. Love you boyfriend❤❤❤ Donna Gizzi

Beverly Frank

I am so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. Although, Doc and I knew him for a short time at the end of his life, it was obvious that he was an exceptional individual. Holding you and the family in thoughts and prayers. Doc and Bev

Denise Bean

Sorry for loss Gerrylee. Sounded like a wonderful man