William Arthur Winterbottom
June 24, 1946 -- September 5, 2009
As a family we are mourning the sudden death of Uncle Bill this past Saturday. After enjoying Maine's "nicest day all summer", rowing in the Yarmouth area with friends, Uncle Bill went home to his camper and apparently suffered a heart attack. We certainly would appreciate your prayers for my mom, as she mourns the last of the Winterbottoms.
I have many memories of Uncle Bill which include:
Waiting forever until Uncle Bill woke up in the mornings so I could bring my legos in and dump them all over the bed to play
The cooler filled with lobster and clams that accompanied Uncle Bill on his trips from Maine to our house in Vermont
Model airplanes, "dope" (glue), and balsa wood
Clamming in front of his house in Maine
Laughing with glee as we "cleaned the kitchen" using an open-topped vitamix, water and plenty of dish soap
Fishing off the coast of Maine and hitting a school of mackerel
Sailing to Jewel Island and camping there for several days
Good food -- always good food: real eggnog, smoked meats, lobster, clams, filet mignon, steaks, blueberry pancakes on the huge stove, clam chowder, taco feeds.....
Staying on his boat in Mattituck, Long Island where "everywhere you look there's a project"
Racing on Uncle Bill's sailboat and being scared to death the boat would tip right over into the water
Making funny commercials for Grey Poupon
Enjoying the holidays together this past year
Watching my kids get to know this funny uncle