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William H. (Bill) Winterton III

September 22, 1939 — July 30, 2023

Rome, NY

William H. (Bill) Winterton III

William H. (Bill) Winterton III, 83, formerly of Rome, NY, passed away peacefully on July 30, 2023, at his home in Pascagoula, MS with his loving wife, Gladys, by his side.

Bill was born in Rome, NY on September 22, 1939, the son of William and Gwendolyn Winterton. He was united in marriage to the former Gladys R. Shortt on November 8, 1975, in Remsen, NY and has been a loving husband and father for the past 47 years.

Early in his career, Bill worked for Al Evans, a painting contractor in Rome, NY.  In 1965 he started his own business, Winterton Painting, Inc. As a successful businessman, Bill started as a residential contractor and later grew the business to include large commercial jobs. He was a member of the Painting & Decorating Association of America and retired in 1999, when he sold the business. He was very proud to know it has been successfully carried forward. 

With his father by his side, Bill purchased and developed Trail’s End Campground in Cold Brook, NY. They worked to build the campsite, RV park, beach, and restaurant. He sold that business in 1981. 

Bill enjoyed being outdoors and one of his passions was golf.  He played at Teugega Country Club for many years and had the skill and good luck to make two holes in one on hole #7 & #15. He was a member of the NY State Seniors golf club and enjoyed playing all over NY State as well as Florida and Mississippi.

His other passion was boating, especially on the St. Lawrence River. He truly loved being Captain of “The Enjoy”, his 40’ Pacemaker. The memories with his friends and family on the river were very special to him.

His latest and greatest passion was for wood turning. He became a member of the Lighthouse Woodturners group and made beautiful bowls, platters, and wooden Christmas ornaments in his workshop. He made unique gifts for his family and friends that are cherished.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys Winterton of Pascagoula, MS; one son, Todd Winterton, Nazareth, PA; four daughters, Tammy (James) Roberts of Remsen, NY, Tracy Winterton of Rome, NY, Tina Shortt of Manlius, NY and Darcie Crew of Pascagoula, MS. He is also survived by his sister, Ann DesChambeau of Oswego, NY as well as 19 grandchildren; 26 great- grandchildren; and one niece.

A sincere appreciation of Nurses Ashley, Rhonda, Michael and Chaplain Branden with Hospice of Light for their exceptional care and compassion for Bill. Donations in lieu of flowers can be accepted by Hospice of Light, Ocean Springs, MS through the Singing River Foundation: www.singingriverfoundation.org

A private graveside service will be held at Rome Cemetery in Rome, NY.

As Bill was a lifetime member and trustee of Rome Elks Lodge #96, a Celebration of Life will be held in his honor on Saturday, August 19th at 12 noon at the Lodge located at 126 W. Liberty St., Rome, NY.

Bradford- O’Keefe Funeral Home is honored to serve the family and friends of William H. (Bill) Winterton III.

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