ORR'S ISLAND -- Robert Weatherill Winchell, 94, of Brunswick and Orr's Island, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his Island home on Wednesday, May 10, 2006. By his side were his five children and his sister, Jeanette.
He was born in Medford, Mass., on Oct. 28, 1911, son of Thomas Riley Winchell and Louise Margaret (Weatherill) Winchell.
Bob attended Newton Country Day School in Newton, Mass., and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1934. He was sales manager and vice president of the Allen Quimby Veneer Co. in Bingham, and was instrumental in developing a division of the company which built a line of Bristol sport fishing boats.
He was the loving husband of Janet Gregory Winchell who passed away last year.
The Winchells have summered on Orr's Island for generations. Bob was an avid sailor all his life and enjoyed nothing better than sailing the coast of Maine on his yawl, INDRA, with family and friends. He was a founding member of the Orr's-Bailey Yacht Club. He skied and played tennis well into his 80s, and was a member of the Meadow Tennis Club of Orr's Island. Bob will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.
He is survived by his five children, Charlotte Johansen of Palo Alto, CA, Diane Winchell living at Orr's Island, Margaret Villa of Martha's Vineyard, Greg Winchell of Winthrop, and Thomas R. Winchell II of Martha's Vineyard; a sister, Jeanette W. Short, of Brunswick; ten grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to : CHANS, 60 Baribeau Drive Brunswick, ME 04011, or to Bowdoin College, c/o The Bowdoin College Alumni Fund Brunswick, ME 04011