FORT FAIRFIELD - Elliott R. Winter Sr., 79, husband of Paula (Knight) Harris, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday morning, March 12, 2014, at his Fort Fairfield home. He was born Jan. 12, 1935, in Fort Fairfield, the son of Alfred and Madeline (Sprague) Winter.
Elliott was a graduate of the Fort Fairfield High School class of 1953. He served his country during the Korean War in the U.S. Army 21st Infantry regiment from March 1954 to February 1956. Mr. Winter had been a resident of Denby, Va., for a number of years and was employed by K-Mart in Norfolk, Va. He had also been self-employed as a car dealer in Fort Fairfield, owning and operating Winter's Auto Sales for several years. He had most recently operated Winter's Vegetable Farms with his wife Paula for many years. Elliott was married to Paula (Knight) Harris on Nov. 26, 1983, and was a member of the Fort Fairfield Lion's Club and the Caribou VFW Lister-Knowlton Post 9389. Mr. Winter greatly enjoyed and took great pride in growing and selling vegetables, and also enjoyed playing cards.
He was predeceased by his father, Alfred Winter Sr.; and his mother, Madeline (Sprague) Winter Everett; one brother, Alfred Winter Jr.; three stepbrothers, Gilbert, Roger, and Gary Everett; and one stepsister, Marjorie Lambshead. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Paula of Fort Fairfield; three sons, Elliott R. Winter Jr. and his wife, Charlene, of Mathews, Va., Gregory Winter of Denby, Va., and Kenneth Winter of Phoenix; two daughters, Debra Nameth, and Cheryl Winter, both of Denby, Va.; one sister, Eleanor Kennison of Fort Fairfield; one stepsister, Donna Everett of New York State; five grandchildren; and several nieces, and nephews.
A graveside service will be conducted in the spring at Green Ridge Cemetery, Caribou, at a date and time to be announced. Those who wish may contribute in memory of Mr. Winter to Maine Veterans Home, 163 Van Buren Road, Caribou, ME 04736. Arrangements have been entrusted to Giberson-Dorsey Funeral Home, 144 Main St., Fort Fairfield. Online condolences may be expressed at www.gibersondorseyfuneralhome.com.