John "Jack" Vincent Winkopp, 76, husband of Catherine Boule Winkopp, of Greenville, died Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at their home of over 26 years. They formerly resided for many years in Middletown Springs, VT.
Born June 22, 1941 at Englewood Hospital, NJ, he was a son of the late Vincent John and Aileen Pelletier Winkopp, long-time residents of Middletown Springs, VT.
Jack matriculated from Blackrock College in Dublin, Ireland, and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1963. He attended New York University School of Business.
Jack retired from the securities business in Rutland, VT in 1990. He was active in Middletown Springs as selectman, town and school moderator, volunteer fireman, trustee to move the town library to its present location, chairman of the rebuilding committee after the fire at the Church of St. Anne, co-founder of the town's Memorial Day parade, and several other local projects. He partnered with son, Tom, and Wallace Martell for several years developing real estate projects after retirement and moving to Greenville, SC.
Jack was a great lover of books, gourmet cooking, and antiques. He enjoyed sports throughout his lifetime including basketball, rugby, tennis, and most recently, pickleball. He was more than passionate about all things Notre Dame. Some of his fondest memories were at the family cabin in Vermont, felling trees, 4-wheeler rides, and driving his John Deer tractor. Jack had a gift for writing and we will forever treasure his words.
In addition to his loving wife of almost 52 years, Jack is survived by a son, Thomas Pelletier Winkopp (Shannon Hait), of Anderson, SC; two daughters, Elizabeth Frances Darnell (Thomas), of Clarksville, TN, and Jennifer Boule Alfieri (Peter), of Pittsburgh, PA; seven grandchildren, Pelletier Carson and Sheppard Jack Winkopp, Jack Thomas and Sarah Catherine Darnell, and Elijah James, Elizabeth Anne, and Leo Jack Alfieri; two sisters, Mary Kate Morgan, of Saddle River, NJ, and Aileen Hermine Stevenson (Peter), of Middletown Springs, VT; sister-in-law, Linda Bemis (Art); twelve nieces and nephews, Kate Jackson (Don), Aileen Mary Morgan (Douglas Polak), Bill Morgan (Colleen Behan), Robert Morgan (Claudia), Peter Stevenson (Jessie Young), Shelia Stevenson, Kelsey Skea (Andy), Jason Bemis, Aimee Bemis, Justin Bemis (Krista Trapeni), Zachary Bemis (Katie), and Lindsay Thivierge (James); 16 great nieces and nephews, Emma, Liam, Graeme, Connor, Abigail, Aiden, Rilee, Emerald, Galen, Gabriel, Ava, Brody, Landon, Brennan, and Livia; and countless cousins and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his Irish twin, best friend, and big brother, Thomas Pelletier Winkopp in 1961; a brother-in-law, William Morgan, and a nephew, Jordan Bemis who was to be married to Cynthia Dykes.
A visitation will be held Sunday, September 3, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown. A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Church of St. Anne in Middletown Springs, VT. Burial will be held in the family plot at Church of St. Anne Cemetery.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Head, & Neck Oncology Unit at MUSC, Dr. Steven Graddick, Dr. Patrick McClear, Dr. Charles West and Staff.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Hope Lodge, 269 Calhoun St., Charleston, SC 29401.
Church of St. Anne Cemetery
SEP 3. 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Thomas McAfee Funeral Home - Downtown Chapel
639 North Main Street
Greenville, SC, US, 29601