Michael J. Winn, 62, of Lancaster, PA, died Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at Hospice of Lancaster County. Born in North Adams, MA, he was the son of the late Alfred J. and Barbara Carey Winn. Michael’s family includes his loving wife of 34 years Nancy E. Keyes Winn of Lancaster, and their two sons Nathan C. Winn of Newport Beach, CA, and Graham M. Winn of Denver, CO.
Michael earned a bachelor’s degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, and an MBA degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. With over 30 years of technical, operating and mailing experience in the graphic arts industry, Michael was owner and president of Greylock Associates, LLC in Lancaster. Michael previously worked for R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. as an engineer and bindery manager at the Old Saybrook, CT plant from 1977 to 1986. He then served as vice president of technical services for Judd’s, Inc. from 1986 to 1994, when he returned to Donnelley as vice president and division director of its Los Angeles plant. In 1997 Michael became vice president of the Greenfield Road plant in Lancaster. Michael retired from R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. as the senior vice president and division director.
A member of Leadership Lancaster, he had served on various local boards of trustees including Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, Lancaster Alliance, Lancaster General Health and Lancaster General Hospital. Michael also served on several boards of directors in the printing and shipping industry, including PostCom, IDEAlliance, MTAC and Continuity Shippers Association. In his free time Michael enjoyed alpine skiing, fishing and gardening.
Private services will be held at the convenience of Michael’s family. Please omit flowers. Contributions can be made in Michael’s memory to Hospice of Lancaster County, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125 or www.hospiceoflancaster.org. To send the family online condolences, please visit SnyderFuneralHome.com. Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 717-560-5100
Dear Winn Family,
Mike was the greatest gentleman to work with. He was always willing to share his knowledge and mentor others. His leadership and positive outlook helped those of us who received his guidance. He will be greatly missed in the mailing industry and as a friend.
Fins Up for Mike.
I’ve had the privilege of having Mike as a friend and mentor for over 35 years. My heart and prayers go out to Nancy, Graham and Nathan for their loss. He was a one of a kind man!
I was blessed to have crossed paths with Mike twice in my career arc, in Old Saybrook in manufacturing, and in Postal Affairs later down the road. Mike was always a kind, patient, and supportive mentor. He will be sorely missed. I am better to have known him, I am so sorry for your loss.
Prayers and best wishes,
I was sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. My thoughts and prayers will be with your sons and you during this difficult time.
To the Winn Family
I was privileged to work with Mike for only a short period of time in the mailing industry but he taught me quiet confidence and gentle persuasion. He will be sorely missed by us remaining in the industry however we can only imagine the loss to you. A well loved man who touched so many lives are all better for knowing him. Thank you for sharing him with us and although he left you too soon may the memories comfort you today and in the future.
I am saddened to learn of Michael’s passing. For several years, Michael served on the board of directors of the Lancaster Alliance, for whom I served as Executive Director for ten years. Mike took this service to heart, and it meant a lot more than just putting in time in meetings.
Michael was key to establishing the Lancaster Community Safety Coalition, which greatly enhances public safety in the City. Michael always approached things in an orderly, friendly and professional manner. He had a great ability to calm people down so that they could work for the common good. And most uniquely, he never, ever sought credit for his accomplishments or played politics.
We have lost a true old school gentlemen.
Nancy, Nathan, Graham
Having worked with Mike at both RRD and Judd’s, I believe there was no better friend, colleague, or mentor. As surely as I am a better person for my experiences with Mike and the printing/mailing industry benefited from his positive influence — the world is a better place for his being here.
Nancy, Nathan & Graham:
My sincere condolences on the passing of your husband and father. Michael was a true friend and mentor. I had the honor of working with him at RR Donnelley in Lancaster in the late 1990’s. When I was transferred to RR Donnelley in Columbia, SC, I sought his advise and wisdom. He was always there to listen and give input. I will miss him dearly and consider myself honored to have known him and learned from him. The world has been truly blessed by his presence and the void will never be filled. You are all in my thoughts and prayers – as he spoke so fondly of each of you. May he rest in peace and may you all find comfort in the fact that he is no longer in any pain.
RR Donnelley – Columbia, SC
To The Winn Family,
I want to send my deepest condolences to each of you, although we never have met. I’ve had the honor of getting to know Michael over the past 12 years while loading his mulch trailer! He was so kind and genuinely interested in how I was doing. It was fun to talk about traveling, gardening, my college studies, etc. Two summers ago he kindly shared some of his famous Cannas! I will fondly remember him! Blessings to each of you during this time.
Brook Lawn Farm
I had the distinct pleasure of having an office next to Mike’s while we were in the Greenfield Office Park in the years up to his retirement. Mike epitomized professional class and perpetual interest, as we would talk about anything and everything, and we both learned and taught each other so much about our varied and common interests. His technical knowledge about the world of ink on paper and the USPS was monumental, yet he never stopped reading, researching, writing or debating the merits or deficiencies of the latest change in technology, legislation or proposed postal rate hikes. As a father, I deeply appreciated Mike’s devotion, pride and love of his family: for Nancy (and her gardening!), his sons as they spread their wings across the country and the challenges he faced with aging parents more than 300 miles away. Mike Winn left a very positive footprint in this world, and we who knew him are all very blessed to have had him in our lives.
To the Winn Family,
Mike was a wonderful manager and friend, as we worked together at RR Donnelley from 2001-2003. Mike always had kind words and acted as a true mentor, looking out for the well being of his team. Mike will be missed. He has left a lasting impression on all of us.
Michael was a good friend and a true gentleman. I enjoyed working with him at RR Donnelley and at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. He will be greatly missed. His calm caring demeanor and sage advice have helped so many throughout the years. May all these heartfelt condolences from everyone comfort you and celebrate his life. Our thougths and prayers are with you.
Mark and Donna Aho
I was very sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. May time bring you peace.
We send our deepest condolences to the family…Our love and prayers are with you…
Mary and Dick McMahon
Mike was a trusted colleague, a valued mentor and a true friend.
I will miss him greatly.
My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.
I’d known Mike for 25+ years, and always thought of him as true class act, as a friend and remarkable mentor. I will always appreciate his willingness to support his team members and colleagues, never pausing to listen and pitch in. His industry and his friends will certainly miss him. Prayers and thoughts go for Mike and his family.
I had the privilege of working with Mike in CT and PA as well as on corporate projects. He is a man of esteemed character who positively engaged people to become more learned and contribute to group success. He is a leader of leaders whose gentle yet influential manner brought the best out of those fortunate to be in his company. Now he has joined the family of God’s heavenly children where I know he will cast a bright ray and be held in the highest regard among the angels. I am blessed to know him.
Please accept my deepest sympathy and warmest regards.
Having known Mike in Old Saybrook – he was a one-of-a-kind manager… always willing to listen – such a kind and loving member of the management team. May the love of family and friends and precious memories bring you all comfort, and help you during the difficult days ahead. Mike, may you rest in peace – bless you all.
A gentleman mentor when I began in the business 27+ years ago. Knowledgeable, compassionate and able to take the high view of what was needed. Thank you for sharing Michael with the industry. I am personally grateful.
Steve W. Smith
Our condolences to Mike Winn’s family. Mike was a true gentleman and a trusted colleague.
Bill and Esther Cooper
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you at this very difficult time.
I worked with Mike frequently over the years. I work for the USPS and he represented RR Donnelly and the mailing community. Although we were often on opposite sides of an issue we always managed to construct a solution that worked for both sides and he personally helped me a great deal. Mike’s quiet and common sense approach to an argument was invaluable in resolving conflicts. When he started talking the room would hush. He was firm in working for his side but always a true gentleman in his manner. He was greatly respected at the Postal Service by anyone who worked with him and he will be sorely missed.
My sincerest condolences to his family. It was a real pleasure to have known Mike.
George Coupar, USPS
Nancy, Nathan and Graham – We were deeply saddened to hear of Michael’s death. He was a wonderful friend and neighbor who’s kind smile and keen wit will be missed. You all are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May God Bless you and lift you up as you cope with the loss of your father/husband
The Buckwalter Family – John, Cynthia, Eric, Evan and Buddy
My deepest sympathy to Michael’s family.
I had the pleasure of serving on the Board at LGH with him. He didn’t say much, but when he did you realized he was likely the smartest person in the room and everyone listened!
Your loss is a loss to our entire community.
Dr. Gerald Rothacker
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