Robert Daniel Winfield passed away Nov. 27, 2011 at University of Utah Medical, cardiac unit. Funeral services were held at St. Olaf’s Catholic Church, Bountiful, Utah, Dec. 3, 2011.
Bob was born on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, 1959 in Moab, Utah. His parents were Wally Winfield (deceased 2006) and mother, Danny (Murphy) Bergin, (Torn) Hill City, S.D.
He married Cynthia Wilenski on Sept. 19, 1981 in Salt Lake City, Utah and she survives him. He is also survived by his children, Sgt. Daniel Winfield, USMC (Cheryl); Sgt. Andrew Winfield, USMC (Stacia); grandchildren, Ashley and Brandon Winfield; siblings, Cathy Frame (Ken), Evanston, Wyo., Bill Winfield (Ann), Reno, Nev., Mary Graehler (Mick) Lexington, Ky., Liz Winfield Los Angeles, Calif., and Jim Winfield Wright, Wyo. He is also survived by 47 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, and his brothers, Scott, 1989, and John, 2008.
Bob’s education started in a one-room school in the mountains above Gateway, Colo. He was a 1978 graduate of Grand County High School, and earned a BA in industrial arts from Southern Utah University. He worked as a machinist and also did lots of woodworking on the side. As an “official dumpster diver,” Bob collected throwaway wood scraps and made hundreds of crosses to give away to others. Usually, he gave two, requesting the receiver to pass one on.
He was a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus and liked to brag that he was the oldest Boy Scout in the troop. Over the years, many have been startled the first time they heard Bob say “Thank you, Jesus” in his conversation, but they soon realized he was sincere with his thanks. His faith came before all else. Many times he quoted St. Francis of Assisi’s words, “Preach the Gospel always, if necessary use words.” His actions always spoke louder than words.
Diagnosed in the first grade with a congenital heart defect, faith (a cradle Catholic) and family kept him going through four major heart surgeries for the next 45 years, always with a joke to tell (or play on someone) a smile on his face and never a complaint about pain.
Many thanks to the people of Moab who helped out in many ways over the years with various fundraisers, prayers and hugs.
Condolences may be sent to Cyndi Winfield, 225 W. Center, Bountiful, UT 84010. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association in your local area.