John C. Winters

John C. Winters, 53, of Williamsport, passed peacefully from his home at the West House Personal Care Home into eternal life Tuesday, April 9, 2013. He formerly lived at Insingers Personal Care Home.

Born Sept. 27, 1959, in Williamsport, he was a son of Walter R. Jr. and Hilda (Anderson) Winters.

Growing up, John helped with the family farm, raising rabbits, chickens and goats. John helped his father for many years gardening and hauling produce. He was a 1977 graduate of Williamsport High School and studied carpentry and masonry. He worked at the Williamsport Hospital for several years after graduating from high school and then was self-employed for many years doing lawn and yard maintenance and hauling.

John was quite a prankster growing up in the neighborhood with his brother and friends, and he was nicknamed “Pooh-Bear.”

John played tennis and followed the local sports teams of Williamsport football and basketball and Lycoming College football on WRAK Radio. He loved people and could carry on a conversation with anyone. He spent a lot of time walking around downtown, meeting people, drinking coffee, and helping out where needed. He helped Mental Health and Mental Retardation, moving clients and running errands for his elderly friends. John knew the Bible and over the years attended churches: Trinity U.M.C., Balls Mills U.M.C., Salvation Army, Shiloh Baptist and Covenant Central. His strength, faith and will to live is an inspiration to all of us.

Surviving are a brother, Walter R. Winters (Patricia) of Williamsport; a sister, Ali Day of Williamsport; nephews, Eric W. Winters, Adam J. Nichols; nieces, Amy Buffington (Stan) and Linda Mix (Doug); a great niece; many great nephews; and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Jimmy Day.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2013, at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave., Williamsport. Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at Knight-Confer Funeral Home.

The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions be made to the Central PA Food Bank (Food or Monetary), 3301 Wahoo Drive, Williamsport, PA 17701.